A major in economics prepares the student for research and management careers in business and government. It is an excellent preparation for advanced studies in business, public policy, public administration, international relations, and law. The course work equips the student with a practical understanding of economic and social problems and analytical skills to solve them.  

A minor in economics is a valuable complement for any of the major degree programs offered by the College of Business. It is also recommended for students majoring in history, political science, sociology, geography, international studies, or humanities.

There are three (3) bachelor degrees offered in Economics:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics
  • Bachelor of Sciences (BS) in Economics

The BBA degree in Economics is intended for students who desire a business degree focused on applied economics. Students who pursue this degree take a broad array of business courses in addition to their economics coursework. The BA and BS degree in Economics are designed for students who want to study the subject from a social sciences perspective. Students may choose elective courses from any area, such as political science, history, geography, international studies, sociology or humanities. Students who intend to pursue graduate study in economics may benefit from taking elective courses in mathematics, such as statistics, calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations



Students seeking the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree and majoring in economics must complete the University Core and Davis College of Business Core Curriculum requirements. In addition, they must take the following courses:

Code Course  Credit 
ECON 304  The Economics of Business Decisions 3
ECON 305   Macroeconomics Analysis & Policy 3
ECON 450RI  Applied Economics Analysis 3
ECON xxx Additional six (6) credit hours of economics courses    6
numbered 300 or above that are not otherwise ​
required for the major ​
XX xxx One (1) 3-credit hour business elective course 3
numbered 300 or above from outside the Davis ​
College of Business core and major requirements.​
                                                                                       Total:​ 18​


ECONOMICS MAJOR (BBA) Important Notes:

  • Students majoring in economics must earn a “C” or better in ECON 201, ECON 202, ECON 304, and ECON 305.
  • ECON 304 and ECON 305 should be completed before a student has attained senior status.




Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree and majoring in economics must complete the modified Davis College of Business Core curriculum listed below:

Modified Davis College of Business Core

 Code Course Credit
DSIM 301​ Business Statistics ​   3​
  or MATH 205​  or Elementary Statistics​
 MGT 308WI/SI  Business Communications    3
​ MGT 321  The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business​    3​
 CS 150  Personal Productivity Using Technology     3
 ECON 201  Principles of Macroeconomics    3
 ECON 202  Principles of Microeconomics    3
 MATH 112  Modern Applications of Mathematics    3



Students are required to also take the following courses:  

Code Course Credit​
 ECON 304  The Economics of Business Decisions       3
 ECON 305   Macroeconomics Analysis & Policy       3
 ECON 365  Survey of Modern Economics Thought      3
 ECON 450RI  Applied Economic Analysis       3
 ECON xxx​ Additional five (5) ECON courses numbered 300 or above ​
for 15 additional credit  hours​
                                                                                              Subtotal: ​   27





A minor in economics consists of 12 credit hours of economic courses numbered above ECON 202, three (3) credit hours of which must be ECON 304 or ECON 305. The remaining nine (9) credit hours are chosen with the written approval of an economics faculty member. 


Code Course Credit
ECON 304​ The Economics of Business Decisions​    3​
  or ECON 305​ Macroeconomic Analysis & Policy​
ECON xxx​ Additional nine (9) credit hours of economics courses​    9​
chosen with the written approval of an economics​
faculty member.​
                                                                                                Total:​   12​

ECONOMICS MINOR Important Notes:

  • Students minoring in economics must earn a “C” or better in ECON 201 and ECON 202.​
  • A course taken as part of a major cannot also be used to satisfy the requirements of a minor.