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Economics B.A.

College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 34 to 36
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Economics emphasizes critical thinking and the understanding of basic economic principles. The B.A. gives students a solid background in economics, is the least quantitative of the three economics majors, and provides excellent preparation for students interested in working immediately after graduation or considering law school. Students choose from courses in comparative economic systems; economic theory; econometrics; economic development; game theory; industrial organization; cost-benefit analysis; environmental, financial, international, mathematical, monetary, public, and labor economics. For more information, visit
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 3 courses before admission to the program.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Preparatory Coursework
MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
ECON 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
or ECON 1101H {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
ECON 1102 - Principles of Macroeconomics (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 4 semester(s) of any second language.
All Major Requirements courses must be taken A-F. Three credits of independent study (ECON 3991) may be applied toward the major. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses counting toward the degree. Students must have a 2.00 GPA in all major courses in order to graduate. This policy is strictly enforced. Supporting work in computer science, business, mathematics, and statistics is recommended. Only one country/area study course (ECON 3960, 4311, 4313, or 4315) or DUS-approved study-abroad course may count toward the electives requirement. Residency requirement: All students must complete 12 credits of their 4xxx and 5xxx economics courses at UMNTC. Students must take at least one writing intensive course in economics, or take ECON 4100W concurrently with ECON 4831 or an honors course. All study-abroad or transfer courses must be pre-approved by the director of undergraduate studies in economics.
Major Requirements
ECON 3101 - Intermediate Microeconomics (4.0 cr)
ECON 3102 - Intermediate Macroeconomics (4.0 cr)
STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
STAT 3022 - Data Analysis (4.0 cr)
At least one 4xxx-5xxx course must be writing intensive. Students may substitute ACCT 5100 and other selected 5xxx APEC courses for one of the six required elective courses, with the prior approval of the director of undergraduate studies. ECON 4431W, 4631, 4721, 4731, 4741, and 4751 are also offered as four-credit honors courses open to all students.
Take 6 or more course(s) totaling 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ECON 3960 - Topics in Economics (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4021 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4109H - Honors Course: Game Theory and Applications (4.0 cr)
· ECON 4113 - Introduction to Mathematical Economics (4.0 cr)
· ECON 4171 - History of Economic Thought (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4211 - Principles of Econometrics (4.0 cr)
· ECON 4311 - Economy of Latin America (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4313 - The Russian Economy (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4315 - The Japanese Economy (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4331W - Economic Development [WI] (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4337 - Comparative Economic Systems (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4421W - Economic Integration of the Americas [WI] (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4431W - International Trade [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4432W - International Finance [WI] (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4531 - Labor Economics (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4621H - Honors Course: Urban Economics (4.0 cr)
· ECON 4631 - Industrial Organization and Antitrust Policy (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4721 - Money and Banking (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4731 - Macroeconomic Policy (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4751 - Financial Economics (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4821 - Public Economics (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4831 - Cost-Benefit Analysis (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4960 - Topics in Economics (3.0 cr)
· ECON 5890 - Economics of the Health-Care System (3.0 cr)
Senior Project
This requirement may be waived if a senior project has been completed in another CLA department.
ECON 3951 - Major Project Seminar (2.0 cr)
or ECON 3991 - Independent Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
or The final project requirement may be fulfilled with a term paper from an upper division writing intensive (WI) course with a minimum grade of A-.
or The final project requirement may be fulfilled with an acceptable honors project or thesis (up to 6 credits).
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
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