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The BA degree serves students who plan continued education in non-economics fields or who plan to seek employment after graduation. Post-graduate educational options include law, business, political science and journalism. Post-graduate employment opportunities include positions in government, banking, insurance or other financial sectors, and private sector businesses. Frequently, students in humanities or arts complete a BA in Economics as a second major to increase their employment potential.
The BS delivers more quantitative coursework than the BA, while still including varied electives like labor, law and education. BS students often double-major with Mathematics or Statistics, or earn dual degrees with Accounting or Finance.
The BS Applied Track jumpstarts your career with more analytical experience, whereas the BS Quantitative Track prepares you with the quantitative rigor necessary for graduate school in economics or finance.
Double majors and dual degrees provide ambitious students two full degrees. Students must satisfy all requirements of both degree programs. Some courses may be allowed to count toward both degrees. Carefully chosen elective courses in addition to required courses can facilitate double majors and dual degrees.
Common double majors in the College of Arts & Science include a BA in Economics plus Political Science, Psychology, History, English, or Communication, and a BS in Economics plus Statistics or Mathematics.
Common dual degrees with other schools and colleges include a BA in Economics plus Journalism or Education, and a BS in Economics plus Engineering, Accountancy, Finance or Marketing.
Earn an MA in Economics in only one additional year. Consult with your Economics advisor no later than your junior year; minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required. If accepted into the program (before your senior year), Economics courses taken your senior year can count toward graduate credit, allowing completion of the MA the following year.
The Economics minor provides students an overview of the fundamentals of microeconomics and macroeconomics, plus flexibility to select courses in a special area or in several applied areas.
The Economics minor requires at least 17-18 credits in Economics. Courses must include Econom 1014 (or 1024) and 1015 (or 1051H instead of the previous two courses), 3251 or 4351, plus three Economics electives, including at least one at the 4000 level.
To officially declare your minor in Economics, fill out the declaration form.
Once you have received confirmation of your minor declaration, you can access your progress toward your minor by running a degree audit. If you have questions about the minor after you view your degree audit, contact Kati Abbott at email@example.com. More information about declaring a minor is available here.
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