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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Economics

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Economics Majors

The economics department offers 3 degrees.

  • 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

Economics Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

  • Principles of Microeconomics. Satisfied by ECON 142 or ECON 143.
  • Principles of Macroeconomics. Satisfied by ECON 144 or ECON 145.
  • Microeconomics. Satisfied by ECON 520 or ECON 521.
  • Macroeconomics. Satisfied by ECON 522 or ECON 523.
  • Introduction to Econometrics. Satisfied by ECON 526 or ECON 715.
  • Economics Required Electives

    Majors must complete 2 courses (6 hours) in economics outside of the core courses at the 500-level or above.

    Economics Required Capstone Elective Courses

    Majors must complete 3 courses (9 hours) in economics outside of the core courses at the 600-level or above.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major.  (At least 3 of the required elective courses must be taken from the KU Department of Economics.)

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 24 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. At least 9 hours of the required elective courses must be taken from the KU Department of Economics.)

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Major Junior/Senior Major Attempts
Summary includes American Studies junior/senior (300+) hours attempted, including F's and incompletes.

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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