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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Economics

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Economics Majors

The economics department offers 2 majors.

  • The B.A. or B.G.S. major in economics is designed for the majority of students who will go on to professional graduate schools or into the work force.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree in economics is designed for the student interested in going to graduate school in economics or a closely related field. It requires the minimum amount of preparation in economics and mathematics required to be successful in graduate study. Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in economics are strongly urged to double major in economics and mathematics.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Students considering an economics major should enroll in ECON 142 (or ECON 143) Principles of Microeconomics or ECON 144 (or ECON 145) Principles of Macroeconomics no later then the end of the sophomore year. Students should also have completed at least 1 course in the calculus sequence (MATH 115 or MATH 121) by the end of the sophomore year.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

These degree options require a total of 30 hours of economics and 9 hours of mathematics. These requirements can be comfortably completed in 5 semesters, never taking more than 3 of the required courses a semester. All B.A. and B.G.S majors must take the following 5 core courses:

Core Requirements 15 hours
Mathematics Requirements 9-14 hours
Capstone Course Requirements 9 hours
  • Choose any 3 600-level or higher economics electives (9)
Electives 6 hours
  • Chose 2 500-level or higher economics electives (6)

Minimum Major Requirements

30 hours

Students must take at least 3 of the elective courses from the KU Department of Economics. Prospective economics majors should note that ECON 526 has a calculus-based statistics course as a prerequisite and should plan accordingly. ECON 310, ECON 496, ECON 497, and ECON 498 do not satisfy the elective course requirement.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for economics.

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