B.A. in Economics
The Bachelor of Arts in Economics has three basic objectives: to provide a sound grasp of the tools of economic analysis and measurement; to provide an understanding of institutional development and the interrelation of economic and social factors; and to develop the student's ability to apply systematic analysis and understanding to decision-making in the private and the public sector.
Many courses deal with the structure and performance of a particular institution or policy area within the economy. Students follow their career and intellectual interests by taking a field concentration in one of the following areas: managerial economics, labor and public economics or international economics. With permision from the department advisor, students may also create a custom advisory study plan in such areas as city and regional planning, economics history or pre-law.
Students may qualify for a minor by completing a 20 unit program.
Students with majors in disciplines such as environmental studies and political science will find that adding an economics major (double majoring) provides them with a breadth of background that is viewed favorably by graduate professional programs and employers.
For the teaching credential, majors must pass the Subject Assessment Examination in the social sciences or complete an approved subject matter preparation program in social science.
- General education: 51
- Major requirements: 41-44
- General electives: 25-27
Total units needed for graduation: 120
Prerequisites: Economics majors and minors must take Math 165, BUS 211, or their equivalent (Basic Statistics) or an approved substitute as a prerequisite for ECON 304, 305, and 317. Students contemplating graduate school should take Math 161 (Calculus I) and other math classes after consultation with a faculty advisor.
Major Core Requirements: The major consists of a core of seven (7) courses and four (4) additional upper division courses.