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Economics (BA)

Offered by the Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and the approval of the department undergraduate advisor.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Core (16 credit hours)

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Tracks (18 credit hours)

Complete the General or International track.


  • 18 credit hours in economics courses (ECON-xxx) at the 300-level or above.

Note: Of these 18 credit hours, 3 credit hours at the 300-level may be taken outside of the Economics Department with the advisor's approval if the course is closely related to economics. Students may not receive major credit for both ECON-370 International Economics (3) and SISU-300 Introduction to International Economics (3).


One of the following:
One of the following:
Additional Economics Courses

Combined Economics (BA) and Economics (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:

  • Students in this program will not be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students will be admitted formally to MA status only after they have completed all requirements for the BA in Economics with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.