Department of Economics

Economics Major Requirements – An Overview

Our undergraduate course offerings for majors fall into four broad groups:

  • Introductory Courses / Principles of Economics – ECON101 and ECON103
    • Usually taken in the freshman year.
    • Must be taken in sequence.
    • Offered every semester.
    • ECON100 is for non-majors only – you will not get economics credit for this class.


  • Intermediate Micro and Macro Theory – ECON300 / ECON301, ECON303
    • Usually taken sophomore and junior years. These are required courses.
    • B.A. majors may take ECON300 or ECON301. B.S. majors must take ECON301. Do not take both of them, and do not take ECON251 or ECON255 (for minors and non-majors only).
    • You must take ECON300 or ECON301 before taking ECON303. Those courses are a pre-requisite for ECON303.


  • Economics Field Courses for Majors and Non-Majors – ECON305 and 308 through ECON395
    • Usually taken sophomore through senior years. These are elective courses, designed for a mixed audience of majors and non-majors.
    • Pre-requisite for all 3XX field courses is ECON101 and/or ECON103.
    • Some 3XX courses satisfy University Breadth requirements, the multi-cultural course requirement and/or the discovery learning requirement.


  • Economics Field Courses for Majors – ECON406 through ECON490
    • Usually taken junior and senior years. These are elective courses, designed for majors and an occasional well-prepared non-major. You must take at least two of these courses, but we encourage you to take more than the minimum. Here is where you will really learn economics.
    • Pre-requisite for all 4XX field courses is ECON300 / ECON301 and/or ECON303. Some courses also require ECON422 (Econometrics) or calculus.
    • We strongly encourage majors to take these courses instead of ECON3XX courses.

For a more detailed sample curriculum, please click here and choose your respective degree and admittance year.

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