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Areas of Specialization

Within economics major, students can specialize in different fields, including international economics, financial economics, and law & economics. These focused areas are rapidly increasing in importance as the world becomes more interdependent and as more people hold financial portfolios. Students specializing in general economics can also tailor a program to meet their specific interests through consultation with one of the undergraduate advisors in the department.


Electives

After meeting the requirements of the economics major and those of the College of Liberal Arts, students still have 35 hours of electives outside the department. This flexibility allows students to augment their economic training with courses that meet particular interests in areas such as business, political science, or journalism. In this way, students can combine their economics degree with other disciplines so as to pursue a wide range of careers and interests.

Foundation Courses

There are five "foundation courses" that are required for all students majoring in economics:

-Economics 240, "Introduction to Microeconomics"

-Economics 241, "Introduction to Macroeconomics"

-Economics 308, "Research Methods in Economics"

-Economics 340, "Intermediate Microeconomics"

-Economics 341, "Intermediate Macroeconomics"


General Economics Major

41 hours: University Core Curriculum

14 hours: College of Liberal Arts

30 hours: Economics academic requirements

  • (15 hours) Foundation courses (see above list)
  • (15 hours) Five electives chosen in consultation with major advisors

35 hours: Electives

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120 hours total


Financial Economics Specialization

41 hours: University Core Curriculum

14 hours: College of Liberal Arts

30 hours: Financial Economics Specialization Requirements

  • (15 hours) Foundation courses (see above list)
  • (6 hours) Specialized courses ECON 315 or FIN 330, and ECON 416)
  • (9 hours) Three electives chosen in consultation with major advisors

35 hours: Electives

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120 hours total


International Economics Specialization

41 hours: University Core Curriculum

14 hours: College of Liberal Arts

30 hours: International Economics Specialization Requirements

  • (15 hours) Foundation courses (see above list)
  • (6 hours) Specialized courses (ECON 329 and ECON 429) 
  • (9 hours) Three electives chosen in consultation with major advisors

35 hours: Electives

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120 hours total


Law & Economics Specialization

38-41 hours: University Core Curriculum

14 hours: College of Liberal Arts

30 hours: Law & Economics Specialization Requirements

  • (15 hours) Foundation courses (see above list)
  • (6 hours) Specialized courses (ECON 302I and ECON 350)
  • (9 hours) Three electives chosen with major advisors

35-38 hours: Electives

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120 hours total