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.

To learn more about the subject of economics and what you can do with an Econ degree: https://econ.uconn.edu/whyecon/

NOTE: 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

-Requires 24 upper-level economics credits (2000+)

Both also require 12 credits of 2000-level “related” courses. (Most 2000-level courses have 1000-level prerequisites- 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)

-Requires 29 upper-level economics credits (2000+)

Both also require 12 credits of 2000-level “related” courses. Most 2000-level courses have 1000-level prerequisites- plan accordingly.

BS Plan of Study 2022-2023.pdf

Understanding your Major Requirements

Information on how to read or satisfy your Plan of Study and advisors' recommendations on completing your requirements:

Major Requirements Information

If you need additional assistance, meet with a Peer Academic Assistant during their drop-in hours or schedule a meeting with your Advisor.

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