Major Requirements


The Department of Economics offers both a B.A. and a B.S. in economics. The two degrees differ in area of focus and graduation requirements. Which degree is best for you depends upon your abilities, your interests, and your goals.



  • Flexible
  • A demanding social science
  • Preparation for a variety of careers
  • For those planning to enter the workforce after college
  • Preparation for a variety of graduate programs such as law, policy planning and MBAs


  • More structured
  • Quantitative in nature
  • Preparation for professions that require quantitative skills such as analyst positions in government and industry
  • Recommended if you’re planning to earn a Masters or PhD in Economics (or related fields)

A liberal arts and sciences education develops critical thinking, written and oral communication, versatility and problem solving skills, which are valuable in any career and will help students adapt to an ever-changing world.


All new freshmen and transfer students entering Uconn as an Economics major, enter as a BA.

Students can change between a BA and a BS at any time. (NOTE: Double majors have stipulations, talk with an advisor).

To change between a BA and a BS, submit a major change: 


Course work for the Bachelor of Arts degree requires 24 upper-level economics credits (2000+); the Bachelor of Science degree requires 29 upper-level economics credits (2000+).

Both also require 12 credits of 2000-level “related” courses.

Students should remember that most 2000-level courses have 1000-level prerequisites and should plan accordingly.



BA Major Plan of Study 2022-2023

BS Plan of Study 2022-2023

CLAS General Education Audit Sheet 2022-2023


“E” Course: Environmental Literacy Approved Courses List  – required for students who entered CLAS from Summer 2019 or after.


ENGL 1010 and 1011 are being replaced by ENGL 1007 starting Fall 2020 at the Storrs Campus.

  • Students who need their English Composition course will need to take ENGL 1007 starting in Fall 2020.
  • ENGL 1010 and 1011 will remain at the Regional Campuses.
  • Students who wish to repeat ENGL 1010 or 1011 will have to take it at a regional campus.