The economics major provides a highly structured experience that develops increasing levels of sophistication. It begins with courses on economic principles, continues to intermediate courses on economic theory and empirical practice, and culminates with rigorous courses in the applied fields of economics.
Students must complete:
- 32 credit hours of economics courses, of which at least 24 credit hours must be in upper-division courses
- The College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements
We offer four enhanced major tracks, available to all economics majors:
- Environmental and natural resources emphasis: For students interested in careers involving business practices and public policies addressing natural resource use and environmental quality, including: environmental regulation and compliance; energy production and consumption; development of energy, transportation, and urban, rural and regional infrastructures.
- International emphasis: For students interested in careers involving economic development, international law and diplomacy, international business, or international education.
- Public emphasis: For students interested in careers involving local, state or federal government; government agencies; international bodies such as the United Nations or the World Bank; pressure groups; politics; law; organizations focused on environmental policy; and organizations focused on other areas of public policy.
- Quantitative emphasis: For students interested in careers involving organizations focused on applied economics, or interested in attending a graduate program in theoretical and applied economics.