Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Program Overview

Whether they're heading to law or graduate school, or into careers in commerce, industry, international business or non-profit organizations, economics majors bring a comprehensive understanding of economic principles and a realistic grasp of the world economy to the table.

It's a demanding major-and it's a popular field of study for students targeting professions in business, finance, economics, education, and the law. CLU's Bachelor of Arts degree in economics helps prepare students for a world of opportunity, by combining a "mini-core" of business courses with the carefully focused study of economics in a liberal arts environment.

Whichever path they're considering, economics students know that they will be well prepared for a wide variety of careers across the full range of industries, government agencies, international businesses, and non-profit organizations that make up the economic landscape.

Economics majors also benefit from small classes and the School of Management' determination to build close working relationships among students and faculty. They know they'll complete their four-year course of study on time; they're not competing, as are so many students at the nation's larger universities, for scarce seats in overcrowded classrooms.

And they know that, when it's time to complete employment or graduate school applications, they'll receive letters of recommendation from faculty who know them well and can comment accurately on their skills and potential.

Most important, thanks to the extensive real-world experience that CLU faculty bring to the classroom, economics majors gain more than just a textbook understanding of this complex field-they also benefit from the perspective of those who have worked as managers and consultants in commerce, industry, and government.

Starting in the Fall of 2011 CLU will offer an optional 4+1 plan for all incoming freshman. The 4+1 plan will allow economics students to complete their Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in four year and a Master's of Science in economics in one year. This exciting new program will greatly enhance the student's educational experience and career opportunities.


Minimum Credits: 41
Upper Division Credits: 20

Required Courses:
  • Math 245: Applied Calculus
  • Econ 203: General Economics
  • Econ 311: Statistical Methods
  • Econ 406: Intermediate Macro-Economics
  • Econ 411: Intermediate Micro-Economics
  • Econ 445: Research Methods
  • Econ 450: Econometrics
  • Three upper division economics courses (12 credits) from Econ 206, 301, 312, 313, 321, 341, 414, 416, 420, 421, 460, Business 391, Math 471

Honors in Economics

Students must have a GPA of 3.7 or higher by the end of their junior year after completing at least 75 credits in their study toward a BA in Economics, all lower division courses in the major, and a total of 20 upper division credits toward their major.  Those who are qualified to pursue an Honors Degree in Economics will take 8 credits: Economics 445 and Economics 497, Honors Thesis.

Requirements for a Minor in Economics

20 credits minimum in Business Adminstration and Economics, 16 credits upper division; Business Administration 251, Economics 311 and 12 additional upperdivision credits in economics courses.

Required Supporting Courses:

  • Economics 203


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