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Economics | Plan Your BA

Economics is a discipline that builds ideas and skills over time, so it’s a good idea to take certain courses in sequence. Students considering the BA in Economics should do their best to take ECON-100, ECON-200, ECON-300, ECON-301, STAT-202 and ECON-322 as soon as possible. Mastery of the material in these six courses makes acing the remaining electives a (relative) breeze.

Plan for Required Courses, BA General Track

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
ECON-100 ECON-300 ECON-3xx ECON-480 or other capstone option
ECON-200 ECON-301 ECON-3xx ECON-3xx
STAT-202 (Basic Statistics) ECON-322 (recommeded) or ECON-3xx ECON-3xx ECON-3xx


What if you decide on the BA in Economics a little late and this plan won’t work exactly? The best thing to do is to take the intermediate economic theory sequence (ECON-300 and 301) concurrently with STAT-202 and ECON-322, and do it ASAP. Like yesterday. Some ECON-3xx courses do not have ECON-300 and/or 301 as prerequisites and can be taken at the same time as the intermediate theory courses.

Note that the International Track of the BA in Economics requires students to take a wide range of courses with international emphasis from several departments:

Plan for Required Courses, BA International Track

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
ECON-100 ECON-300 ECON-371 ECON-480 or other capstone option
ECON-200 ECON-301 ECON-372 ECON-351, 352, 358, 361, 362 or 363
STAT-202 (Basic Statistics) ECON-322 (recommended)
or ECON-3xx
  ECON-3xx
Intermediate Level Language Competency IBUS-300, SIS-385, SIS-465 or SIS-466


If you decide on the BA in Economics, International Track a little late, take the intermediate economic theory sequence together with STAT-202 and the out-of-department requirements. Get ECON-371 and 372 in next. You may take ECON-371 and 372 at the same time as other 3xx level ECON classes, although you will get the most out of the international-focused classes if you have first mastered the material from 371 and 372.

The complete list of requirements for the BA is here.