Economics

Ramona Nelson (department head)

The economics program emphasizes the role of economics in monetary policy, social issues, and commerce. Students can select from two plans of study. Plan 1 emphasizes quantitative skills including calculus. Plan 2 combines the study of economics with the field of political science. Students should consult with an economics faculty member to plan their program of study. A minor in economics is also offered.

Required for the major:

Plan I. ECON 130, 142, 247, 248, 342, 490; MATH 141 or MATH 151 (or above); and four economics courses above 250. ECON 490 is required of all economics majors, even those completing a second major. Writing requirement completed with ECON 255, 256, or ECON 268.

Plan II. ECON 130, 142, 247, 248, 256, 490; two courses from POLS 247, 258, 355, or POLS 364; and three additional economics courses numbered 250 or above which have not already been counted. Completion of MATH 141 or MATH 151 (or above) is recommended. ECON 490 is required of all economics majors, even those completing a second major. Writing requirement completed with ECON 255, 256, or ECON 268.

The credit hours required for the economics major must be earned in regular classroom courses. Credits earned through directed readings, independent study, internships and the senior project may not be counted toward the total hours required for the major or minor.

Students interested in teaching should complete plan 1. See education department for secondary education minor requirements.

Students majoring in this area are urged to consider the following courses as electives: COMS 132 and COMS 252, ENG 210, PHIL 100 and PHIL 120, SOC 101, POLS 130, PSYC 130. Students planning on graduate study should consider MATH 240, 321, and 322.

Required for a minor: ECON 130, 247 or 248, and three additional economics courses numbered above 250. Requirements for a second teaching area are the same as those for an academic minor.