Economics B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - Economics

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 47-51

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: Refer to graduation requirements listed previously in the catalog. See index.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower-Division Core6
Upper-Division Core13
Upper-Division Electives17
Non-Economics Required Courses11-15
Total Hours47-51

Lower-Division Core

Complete all of the following courses:
ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
ECNS 202SPrinciples of Macroeconomics3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Upper-Division Core

Note: ECNS 398 credits do not count toward the total credits requirement for the major. The upper-division writing requirement must be met by successfully completing ECNS 481.

Complete all of the following courses:
ECNS 301Intermediate Micro with Calc3
ECNS 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECNS 403Introduction to Econometrics4
ECNS 481Communicating Economics3
Total Hours13

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Electives

Note: ECNS 398 does NOT count toward the total required credits for the major.

Complete 17 credits of the following courses:17
Intro Health Economics
Labor Economics
Money and Banking
Public Finance
Economics of Sports
Special Topics
Game Theory
Industrial Organization
International Trade
Economics of the Environment
Int Env Econ & Clim Change
Adv. Topics in Economic Dev.
Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Special Topics
Senior Seminar
Forest Environmental Economics
Economic Geography of Rural Areas
Nat Res & Envir Economics
Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
Total Hours17

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Non-Economics Required Courses

Rule: All courses are required.

Note:  M 162 must be taken before ECNS 301. STAT 216 must be taken before ECNS 403. Students planning graduate study in economics should take M 171 and M 172 and consider M 221, M 307 and ECNS 511, ECNS 513 and ECNS 560.

Complete all of the following courses:
M 115Probability and Linear Mathematics3
M 171
M 172
Calculus I
and Calculus II
or M 162 Applied Calculus
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics (or equivalent)4
Total Hours11-15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Teaching Economics Track

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Individuals must complete the teaching major/teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Teacher Preparation in Economics

Students who want to be licensed to teach economics at the high-school level must complete the BA degree requirements in economics. They also must complete a teaching major or minor in a second field of their choice and the professional licensure program in the College of Education. Students may also earn a teaching minor in economics. See the Department of Curriculum & Instruction for information about admission to the Teacher Education Program and completion of these licensure programs.

To sign up for this option, you need to contact the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this option must come from the Curriculum and Instruction Department.

Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publication and are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.

Note: This major does not qualify as a single field endorsement. Individuals must complete a second teaching major or minor in another content area. Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information. A major GPA of 2.75 is required to be eligible for student teaching.

Teaching Track

Rule: Must complete the following course

Note: The EDU 497 course number is used for multiple courses. Students should register for EDU 497 Methods: 5-12 Social Studies.

EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-