Individuals, businesses, governments face many important economic decisions. Should the individual attend college or accept a job offer? Should the business expand into a new region? Should the government raise payroll taxes to assure the financial viability of social security? Should government impose tariffs on imports from China and place stronger limits on immigration?
Economists study the implications of such decisions and how these decisions impact our lives. The well-trained economist has a solid understanding of economic theory as well as the technical tools to apply this theory to make informed choices. Not surprisingly, these skills are valuable in the job market; they also help students prepare for graduate studies in economics, law, or related fields.
The Department of Economics offers undergraduate programs leading to the B.A. or B.S. degree. In addition, many students complement their major area of study with a minor in economics. Students with an outstanding academic record can join our accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs leading to a B.A. or B.S. in economics at the end of four years of study and a master of arts in economics at the end of five.
Major in economics
A student majoring in economics may earn either the bachelor of arts or the bachelor of science degree. Students may pursue specialized study in economic theory, money and banking, public finance, labor economics, international trade, economic development, transportation, econometrics, regional economics, industrial organization, and economic systems.
Minor in economics
Economics is related in important ways to many other disciplines. Because of this, students often find that adding an economics minor is a good way to round out their studies. The economics minor is flexible and can be molded to fit your interests. Students may pursue specialized study in economic theory, money and banking, public finance, labor economics, international trade, economic development, transportation, econometrics, regional economics, industrial organization, and economic systems.
Requirements: Total of 18 credit hours in economics. Econ 110 and Econ 120 (or AgEcon 120 or 121) are required, plus four 500-level or higher economics courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all courses in the minor is required to graduate with a minor in economics. No more than 6 credit hours of transfer credit may be used for a minor.
- Econ 110 (Principles of Macroeconomics) <3 credit hours>
- Econ 120 (Principles of Microeconomics) OR Agec 120 or 121 (Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness) <3 credit hours>
- Four 500-level (or higher) economics courses <12 credit hours>
To declare an economics minor, please visit the economics office at 327 Waters Hall anytime to fill out the economics minor form or fill out the form below and bring it by the economics department. We are open from 8:00am-5:00pm, closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00pm. Once a student has filled out and turned in the paperwork to declare an economics minor, we will notify the Registrar's Office and they will add the econ minor to the student's KSIS account. You will then be able to track your progress by running 'DARS report' in KSIS.
The semester you intend to graduate you must apply for graduation in KSIS for the economics minor. We are not able to process your economics minor unless you have done this. You can find the instructions here. This can only be done AFTER you have gone through the steps of declaring an economics minor.
For any questions or more information about minoring in economics, please contact:
327 Waters Hall
Tutoring Spring 2016
Economics 110, 120, 510, 520, & 540 Tutoring Sessions:
Tutoring starts the second week of the semester: Tuesday, January 26.
*No tutoring on finals week*