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
Teaching Economics Track
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


  • This teaching track contains different/additional course requirements designed to meet state standards. Those interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete the teaching track of a major in a teaching content area plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Additional teaching areas can be added through completion of the teaching track of a major or minor in that content area.
  • To complete this teaching track, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. You do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this track must come from the Teaching and  Learning 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.
  • This major does not qualify as a single field endorsement. Individuals must complete the teaching track in a second major or minor in another content area. 

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

Complete the following course:
EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach ­­­­­economics, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department