Major in Economics

The Foundation program represents the basic body of economic knowledge necessary for an Economics degree and is constructed to provide students a rigorous exposure to the core disciplines of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • recognize and articulate economic terminology and the fundamental theoretical approaches of the discipline
  • demonstrate a command of economic techniques to analyze the structure of economic events and problems
  • employ economic reasoning and theory to analyze important government policy responses and their impacts on the economy


44 units

Required (24 UNITS)

  • ECON 111 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 112 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 120 Economic Methods
  • ECON 311 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 312 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 320 Econometrics

Students may choose to earn a general degree or study a concentration.

General Degree

20 additional units in Economics courses, no more than 8 additional units at the 200-level and no fewer than 8 units at the 400-level.


ECON 111 and ECON 112 are normally taken in the freshman year and are prerequisites for ECON 311 and ECON 312. Economics 101 and 102 can also be taken to fulfill these requirements with additional class credit from other major courses.

ECON 311 and ECON 312 are prerequisites for many upper division courses in Economics and should be taken as soon as possible.

Students are advised to combine a Foundation Program with one of the four Areas of Emphasis as the best way to meet the upper-division course requirements.


Individual Concentration

Students have the option to design (in conjunction with their faculty advisor) their own elective course work. Some students use this option to prepare for an MBA or PhD program at a highly ranked school. Other students prepare for careers in business or government. Additional opportunities include directed research with faculty members, internship programs with business and government, study abroad, or a combination of these.