The Economics major provides a critical examination of how the economic system works in the United States and throughout the world. The introductory courses, ECON1131–ECON1132, are surveys of economic problems, policies, and theory, and the required courses in micro theory and macro theory, ECON2201–ECON2202, give a deeper analytical foundation. Electives permit further study in a wide range of fields, including money and banking, international trade and finance, public sector economics, economic development, capital theory, labor economics, industrial organization, environmental economics, law and economics, and econometrics. Students from the Carroll School of Management may choose Economics as an area of concentration. The concentration consists of seven courses, for a minimum of 21 credits. The courses are:
- Principles of Economics (ECON1131–ECON1132)
- Microeconomic Theory (ECON2201 or ECON2203)
- Macroeconomic Theory (ECON2202 or ECON2204)
- Business Statistics (OPER1135 or OPER1145)
- And two electives, at least one of which must be an upper level course
- At least one of the Theory courses must be completed by the end of junior year (exceptions to this requirement may be granted at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies).
Students with a serious interest in economics, however, are urged to complete the 11-course major in Economics within the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. Finally, all Carroll School of Management students, regardless of their area of concentration, are required to take Principles of Economics (ECON1131–ECON1132) and Business Statistics (OPER1135 or OPER1145).
The major in Economics provides a general background that is useful to those planning careers in law, government service, or business, as well as those planning careers as professional economists. Professional economists work as college teachers, as researchers for government agencies, for businesses and consulting firms, and as administrators and managers in a wide range of fields.