Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The B.A. is a flexible and diverse major that allows students to study the areas of economics that most interest them and customize their major experience. This is a good fit for students who plan to begin jobs and careers immediately after graduation. The B.A. in economics provides the flexibility to allow students to pursue a demanding major in a social science, be prepared for employment in a variety of areas, and to take related and complementary courses outside the department. The B.A. also prepares students for graduate study in a variety of fields, such as law and MBA programs.

Foundation Courses:

  1. Principles courses:

ECON 1201 and 1202 are required for all 2000-level courses in economics
ECON 1200 (4 credits) is a substitute for ECON 1201 and 1202.
Either one of these principles courses will go towards Content Area 2 of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ (CLAS) General Education Requirements.

2.  Statistics:

STAT 1000Q or 1100Q is required.
STAT 1100Q is preferred.

3. Calculus: BA majors must take one of the following calculus courses:

MATH 1071Q Calculus for Business and Economics
MATH 1131Q Calculus I
Students may substitute more advanced MATH and STAT courses with consent of the advisor.

Majors are required to have finished the Calculus requirement in order to enroll in ECON 2201/2211Q and 2202/2212Q.

Economics Core Courses:

BA Economics majors must earn a minimum of 24 credits in ECON courses at 2000-level or above, including:

ECON 2201 (3 credits) or 2211Q (4 credits) Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON 2202 (3 credits) or 2212Q (4 credits) Intermediate Macroeconomics
At least nine credits in quantitative skills courses ECON 2300 level courses and/or intermediate theory courses ECON 3000 level or above
An ECON W course 2000 level or above
ECON 2201 (or 2211Q) and 2202 (or 2212Q) should be taken as early as possible, as they are prerequisites for most of the 3000-level courses. They can be taken in either order or simultaneously, though we do not recommend taking at the same time. A lighter course load is recommended for students who take ECON 2201 and 2202 simultaneously.

The Department offers two options for completing the Writing Requirement:

ECON 2500W – 1 credit Writing in Economics course
Or several options for a 3 credit 2000/3000 level W course
No more than 6 credits in ECON 2499 and/or 3499, Independent Study, may be counted toward the required 24 credits in economics courses at the 2000-level or above.

ECON 2481, Internship Field Study, does NOT count towards the ECON major requirements, but will apply towards elective credit.

Please refer to UConn’s Undergraduate Catalog for the Departments’ course descriptions. Please note that not all courses are offered each semester.

Students entering the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the Fall 2007 or later must meet the above requirements. Students who entered CLAS earlier may opt to fulfill these requirements or the ones that apply to the catalog of the year they last entered the college. Note: The catalog year is the year you entered CLAS (or later), not the year you entered the University.

You must earn a minimum of a 2.0 average in your 24 major credits to graduate with an economics degree.