Oct 19, 2018  
2014-2015 HillBook (Class of 2018) 
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Economics, B.A.

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To complete the Economics Major, students are required to take 12 courses.

First or Sophomore Year

Junior or Senior Year

Seven upper-level (200 or above) courses including the Capstone course.

Although not required, ECO 242 - Econometrics  is strongly recommended for all majors. Economics majors are encouraged to meet the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement by taking ECO 242


  1. Students can apply only one three-credit internship towards one of the seven upper-level electives.
  2. Students can normally apply only one study abroad course per semester to help fulfill their electives.
  3. Internships and the study abroad course(s) must be approved by the Department Chair, as well as by the internship faculty moderator selected by the student.
  4. Students who double major must consult with the Chair of the Economics Department regarding their Capstone requirements prior to selecting their Fall senior year courses.
  5. Choosing any of the Calculus sequence (MTH 125 , MTH 126 , or MTH 261 ) may fulfill up to two of the seven upper-level electives.

Economics Honors

Students who complete the honors requirements in Economics below will be awarded a degree with Honors in Economics.

Departmental Honors Scholars must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 in the major.

Contact Professor Akira Motomura, Economics Department Chair for more information.

Career-Specific Suggested Courses of Study

The various curricula below are suggested courses of study. They are not required. The suggestions aim to provide some general preliminary guidance for those planning for any of the four objectives defined below. There are certainly courses in disciplines not specified that may be equally appropriate depending upon each student’s preferences. Faculty in the Economics Department are willing and eager to work with students on an individual basis to address particular needs.

A. Law School

Students planning for Law School are encouraged to enhance the Economics Department’s course requirements by choosing several upper-level electives from the English, Philosophy, or Political Science Departments. Courses from those departments, which require writing assignments as a significant proportion of the course grade, are most strongly recommended.

Economics Department electives with content related to legal matters include:

B. Graduate School in Economics or Finance

Students planning to do graduate work in Economics or Finance normally will elect additional courses after consulting with a faculty member in the department. Mainstream graduate programs rely heavily on the use of advanced mathematics, and are highly selective. As a result, students should obtain a strong background in mathematics.

Highly recommended Mathematics Department courses are three semesters of Calculus (MTH 125 , MTH 126  and MTH 261 ) and MTH 251 - Linear Algebra .

Choosing to complete the Honors Program in Economics as well as choosing ECO 242 - Econometrics  before senior year are especially important for graduate school bound students.

Other strongly recommended Economics courses:

Students are encouraged to consider electives that rely heavily on the application of Intermediate Microeconomic or Macroeconomic Theory.

Examples of some courses with Microeconomic foundations:

Examples of some courses with Macroeconomic foundations:

C. Business School

Students planning for graduate business school for an MBA or a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) are encouraged to enroll in:

Economics Department electives related to business school preparation that are strongly recommended include:

D. Financial Market Occupations

Many students are interested in financial market-related occupations in either the private sector (e.g. financial services and investment industry, economic consulting industry) or the public sector (e.g. The Federal Reserve Bank, The Department of Revenue, The Bureau of Labor Statistics) are encouraged to enroll in the following courses to prepare for the advanced data analysis in these occupations:

Advanced theoretical training courses include:

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