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Undergraduate Program

What is Economics?

The study of economics offers students insight into some of the most fundamental questions facing societies today: what goods and services should we produce? How should we produce them? How should we distribute them? Economics offers an outstanding preparation for careers in policy analysis, international relations, business, and other careers that require rigorous analytic thinking. Economics also makes an excellent foundation for graduate study in economics, business, law, political science, or public administration.

Undergraduate Degree Options

BGS. Bachelor of General Studies

Requirements for BGS in Economics.

View a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing a BGS in Economics. 

BA. Bachelor of Arts

Requirements for BA in Economics.

View a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing a BA in Economics.

The main difference between the BA and BGS is that the BA has specific requirements related to writing, mathematics, foreign language, and laboratory science; whereas the BGS allows for exploration of another field through completion of two certificates, a minor, or a co/double major. BA or BGS degrees are designed for the majority of students who will attend MA programs or enter the work force.

BS. Bachelor of Science

Requirements for BS in Economics.

View a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing a BS in Economics.

The BS is recommended for students interested in attending graduate school in economics or a closely related field. Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in economics are encouraged to double major in economics and mathematics.


Requirements for a Minor in Economics.

A minor in Economics is available to undergraduate students with any other major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

The Economics minor is valuable for students desiring an understanding of economics to complement another major or to improve their career prospects. The Economics minor is valuable preparation of law school, urban planning, public administration, or an M.B.A.


We offer 2 certificate options: microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students can take 12 hours–4 courses (not counting math prerequisites)–and earn a certificate. Learn more.