The Economics Major

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

 

Both degrees, as part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, develop critical thinking, written and oral communicationversatility and problem solving skills, which are valuable in any career and will help students adapt to an ever-changing world.

Note that all new freshmen and transfer students entering Uconn as an Economics major will enter as a BA, but students can change between a BA and a BS at any time. (Double majors have stipulations, talk with an advisor to clarify).

To change between a BA and a BS, submit a major change: www.declare.clas.uconn.edu 

For steps to declare or cancel Economics as a major (including double major and dual degree): https://econ.uconn.edu/declare/

Bachelor of Arts

  • 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

Course work for the Bachelor of Arts degree requires 24 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.pdf

Bachelor of Science

  • 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)

Course work for 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.

BS Plan of Study 2022-2023.pdf

The UConn Catalog also has the Plan of Study requirements for Economics written out here.

Additional Plan of Study Information

For more information on how to read or satisfy your Plan of Study, or advisor's recommendations on how best to complete your requirements, click the button below. If you need additional assistance, meet with a Peer Academic Assistant during their drop-in hours or schedule a meeting with your Advisor.

Major Requirements Information

 

To view Suggested Course Sequences, click here: https://econ.uconn.edu/suggested-course-sequences/

Masters and PhD Preparation

If you plan to pursue a Masters or PhD in Economics, please review the following site to prepare during your undergraduate education: https://econ.uconn.edu/masters/

Honors and Special Programs

For information regarding Honors Scholars and the Distinguished Major Program, click here: https://econ.uconn.edu/honors/