Mar 04, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, B.A.

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The Department of Economics offers theoretical and applied courses in diverse areas including microeconomics, macroeconomics, labor, money and banking, international economics, public economics, and industrial organization. It provides an opportunity for the student to pursue his or her interests within the framework of a liberal arts education.

The department offers programs leading to different undergraduate degree - a Bachelor of Science in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science with a major in economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematical economics. The distinctions among these degree lie primarily in the required supporting courses in the various programs. (For students wishing to major in economics through the Gatton College of Business and Economics, please refer directly to that college’s section in the Bulletin. Mathematical economics majors should refer directly to that section of the Bulletin under the College of Arts and Sciences.)

120 hours (minimum)

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the Major Requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree .

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements . The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences

IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

X. Global Dynamics

UK Core hours: 31

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

Subtotal: Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3

College Requirements

I. Foreign Language: 0-14

(placement exam recommended)

II. Disciplinary Requirements

a. Natural Science: 6

b. Social Science

(completed by Premajor and Major Requirements)

c. Humanities: 6

III. Laboratory or Field Work: 1

IV. Electives: 6

College Requirement hours: 19-33

Premajor Requirements

*Course used towards completion of a UK Core Requirement.

Premajor hours: 13-16

Major Core hours: 12

Other Course Work Required for the Major

From the Major Department:

  • Choose 9-15 hours of 300+ level economics courses of which at least 6 hours must be at the 400+ level Credit(s): 9-15

From Outside the Major Department

  • Choose 15-21 hours outside Economics at the 200+ level, with at least 6 hours in two different departments. These courses are generally chosen from the following departments: Anthropology, Computer Science, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, or courses offered by the College of Business and Economics. 200+ level courses used to satisfy College Requirements can also be counted here Credit(s): 15-21

Other Major hours: 30


Choose electives to lead to the minimum total of 120 hours required for graduation

Subtotal: Electives: 4

Total Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120

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