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The Department of Economics strives to awaken students’ passion for learning with a focus on economics. The program serves students from the Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, the Collins College of Business and the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. Students may earn a B.S., B.A. or B.S.B.A. (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) degree with a major in economics. Principles of Economics courses are also required of all Collins College of Business students, regardless of their major. Economics students can double major in finance, mathematics, political science, sociology or an engineering field.

Many economics alumni advance to MBA or graduate programs while others attend law school or are hired in the private, public or nonprofit sectors.

In addition to basic economics courses, students complete a series of mathematics and statistics classes before customizing their degree plan.

All TU students must complete TU’s core curriculum and their college’s specific course requirements. These basic economics courses include microeconomics and macroeconomics, advanced theory classes, a session in the history of economic thought and a collection of higher level economics electives such as econometrics, game theory, economic policy analysis, health economics, growth theory, environmental and resource economics, monetary economics, economic development and international economics.

Program Objectives

Students who complete the undergraduate program will:

  1. Demonstrate technical competence.
  2. Develop their analytical abilities across a wide range of economic schools of thought.
  3. Awaken their passion for learning with a focus on economics.
Degree Options

Economics, B.A.

Offers students basic economics, mathematics and statistics classes before allowing them to customize their degree plan.

Economics, B.S.

Offers students basic economics, mathematics and statistics classes before allowing them to customize their degree plan.

Economics, B.S.B.A.

For those interested in pursuing business and economics, students complete courses inside the business core as well as courses specific to the economics major. Offered by the Collins College of Business.

Economics Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about history are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

Typical Four Year Schedule

FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
Exposition and Argumentation *First Seminar
Mathematics with Applications †Basic Calculus
Beginning Language I † †Beginning Language II
Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative ExpressionBlock II - Historical & Social Interpretation
Freshman ExperienceBlock III - Scientific Investigation
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
Intermediate Language IIntermediate Language II
Principles of Economics IPrinciples of Economics II
Introduction to StatisticsBlock II - Historical & Social Interpretation
Block II - Historical & Social InterpretationBlock III - Scientific Investigation (lab)
Block II - Historical & Social InterpretationBlock I - Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative Experience
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Microeconomic TheoryMicroeconomic Theory
Economics ElectiveEconomics Elective
Writing IIIMinor Elective
Minor Elective General Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
History of Economic TheoryEconomics Elective
Minor ElectiveMinor Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
General ElectiveSenior Project
General Elective

* Based on college entrance exam scores in English, some students may be placed in Introduction to College Writing as a prerequisite course.
† Based on college entrance exam scores in math or on the university math placement test, College Algebra may be a prerequisite for some.
† † Placement at a higher level will be determined by college placement exams.