Minor in Economics

Seven courses (a minimum of 22 credit hours) are required for the minor in Economics:

  • Introductory Courses
    • Principles of Economics ECON 1131 and ECON 1132
    • Economic Statistics ECON 1151
  • Intermediate Theory Courses
    • Microeconomic Theory ECON 2201
    • Macroeconomic Theory ECON 2202
  • Elective Courses
    • two electives chosen from ECON 2205-ECON 3399, except ECON 3345.
      At least one of these courses must be chosen from ECON 3300-ECON 3399, except ECON 3336.

At least one of the Intermediate Theory courses must be completed by the end of the junior year.

There is a one-semester calculus co-requisite to be completed before taking either Intermediate Theory course: MATH 1102 [preferred], MATH 1100, or advanced placement. Students considering graduate work in economics or related disciplines should take additional mathematics courses.

Students should consider the following recommendations about course sequencing before declaring the minor. Students generally take ECON 1131 before ECON 1132, although ECON 1132 may be taken first. Normally students will have completed both Principles courses before taking either Intermediate Theory course, although we will allow students who have finished one Principles course to take the associated Intermediate Theory course concurrently with the second Principles course. For example, a student who has completed ECON 1131 may take ECON 2201 concurrently with ECON 1132. Students should complete at least one Intermediate Theory course before beginning the electives although we recognize that scheduling constraints may make this difficult. Students who need to take an elective before completing an Intermediate Theory course should register for a 2000-level elective that has only Principles as a prerequisite. It is also possible, with permission of the professor, to take a 3000-level elective concurrently with its Intermediate Theory prerequisite.

General Department policy is that students take at least five of the seven courses for the minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Those who enter the University as freshmen are expected to take at least two of the three introductory courses, both Theory courses, and at least one of the two electives in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. The remaining courses may, subject to departmental approval of the specific course, be taken:

  • during the summer session at BC or another institution;
  • during the academic year as part of a study-abroad program; or
  • during the academic year through the Woods College of Advancing Studies.

Transfer students who have taken economics courses at their previous school should meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss their individual situations.

The Department recognizes advanced placement based on AP, IB or similar coursework for Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics. Please consult the University's web site for information on policies and qualifying scores. Students who have earned advanced placement are not required to take the corresponding BC course (ECON 1131 or ECON 1132). However, they are still required to complete seven courses for the minor by taking additional elective courses.

The policies for study abroad are the same for the minor as for the major except that minors may take only one of the two electives abroad. Economics minors must contact the Office of International Programs to apply for study abroad and to plan their semester or year abroad.