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Recommended Course Plans

BA, General Track

BA, International Track

BS, Economics

BS, Mathematics and Economics

BA/MA

 

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.

 

BA, General Track

Year 1

  • ECON-100
  • ECON-200
  • MATH-221 and/or Math 222 (not required for BA, but keeps your options open to change to other degree programs; see BS in Econ and BS in Math/Econ)
  • STAT-202 (needed for ECON-322) or STAT-203

Year 2

  • ECON-300 or ECON-400
  • ECON-301 or ECON-401
  • ECON-322 (recommended, and required for ECON-480) or ECON-3xx

Year 3

  • ECON-3xx
  • ECON-3xx
  • ECON-3xx (up to 6 credits may be an approved study abroad program)

Year 4

  • ECON-480, ECON-491 or other capstone option
  • 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 as soon as possible. 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.

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

 

BA, International Track

Year 1

  • ECON-100
  • ECON-200
  • MATH-221 and/or Math 222 (not required for BA, but keeps your options open to change to other degree programs; see BS in Econ and BS in Math/Econ)
  • STAT-202 (needed for ECON-322) or STAT-203

Year 2

  • ECON-300 or ECON-400
  • ECON-301 or ECON-401
  • ECON-322 (recommended and required for ECON-480) or ECON-3xx
  • IBUS-300 or SISU-320

Year 3

  • ECON-371
  • ECON-372
  • ECON-3xx (up to 6 credits may be an approved study abroad program course)

Year 4

  • ECON-480, ECON-491 or other capstone option
  • ECON-351, 352, 358, 361, 362, or 363
  • ECON-3xx

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.

 

BS, Economics

Year 1

  • ECON-100
  • ECON-200
  • MATH-221; take MATH-222 if granted AP or transfer credit for MATH-221
  • STAT-202 (Basic Statistics) or ECON-203
  • ACCT-240 or CSC-280

Year 2

  • ECON-400
  • ECON-401
  • ECON-322
  • ECON-505

Year 3

  • ECON-3xx
  • ECON-3xx
  • ECON-3xx (up to 6 credits may be an approved study abroad program)

Year 4

  • ECON-480, ECON 491 or other capstone option
  • ECON-3xx
  • ECON-3xx

 

BS, Mathematics and Economics

Year 1

  • ECON-100
  • ECON-200
  • MATH-221 and Math 222
  • STAT-202 or STAT-203
  • CSC-280

Year 2

  • ECON-400 (preferred) or ECON-300
  • ECON-401 (preferred) or ECON-301
  • ECON-322
  • ECON-505
  • MATH-310
  • MATH-313

Year 3

  • MATH-501
  • MATH-503
  • ECON-3xx (up to 6 credits may be an approved study abroad program)
  • STAT-502

 

Year 4

  • ECON-480 or ECON-524
  • ECON-3xx
  • MATH/STAT elective
  • MATH/STAT elective

 

BA/MA

Year 1

  • ECON-100
  • ECON-200
  • MATH-221 (or Applied Calc, required for MA admittance)
  • STAT-202 or STAT-203

Year 2

  • ECON-400
  • ECON-401
  • ECON-3xx
  • ECON-3xx

Year 3

Apply for BA/MA in the semester that you earn your 90th credit; after your acceptance you may take MA courses. Nine credits at the 500 level or higher and taken while an undergraduate may be counted towards the MA
  • ECON-322
  • ECON-505
  • ECON-3xx
  • ECON-3xx
  • ECON-3xx

Year 4

  • ECON-480 (recommended, fall only), ECON-491 or other capstone option
  • ECON-624
  • ECON-3xx
  • ECON-3xx or higher

In the BA/MA program, you will rev up your skills in economic logic and statistical methods, so you will be able to start your career ahead of the competition.

If you decided to pursue the BA/MA after you took the intermediate theory sequence (ECON 300-and ECON-301), take the sequence of Calculus - ECON-505 - as soon as possible, concurrent with some ECON-3xx classes. At the same time, take ECON-624.

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BA, General Track Course Checklist

BA, International Track Course Checklist

BS, Economics Course Checklist

BS, Mathematics and Economics Course Checklist

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