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Bachelor of Science in Economics

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Economics Majors

The economics department offers 3 degrees.

  • 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.
  • 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.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Economics Prerequisite or Co-Requisite Knowledge

Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following two areas. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.

Economics General Education Requirements

Written Communication - Core Skill and Critical Inquiry

  • Composition. Satisfied by ENGL 101, ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above, AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above, or equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
  • Critical Reading and Writing. Satisfied by: ENGL 102, or ENGL 105 (Honors), AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above, or an equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.
  • Sophomore Reading and Writing II. Satisfied by ENGL 203 or ENGL 205 (Honors), ENGL 209, or ENGL 210 or ENGL 211, AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above, or an equivalent transfer course.

Western Civilization - Exploration of One's Own and Diverse Culture. (Advising Alert: Requires sophomore-level standing. Courses at other universities may have the same title but may not meet this requirement.)

  • Western Civilization I - Ancient, Medieval & Early Modern Periods of Western Civilization. Satisfied by HWC 204 or HWC 114 (Honors).
  • Western Civilization II - Modern Western Civilization. Satisfied by HWC 205 or HWC 115 (Honors).

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing 3 courses at least 1 of the following categories: historical studies (requirement code HT), literature and the arts (requirement code HL), and philosophy and religion (requirement code HR). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by completing 3 courses at least one in 1 of the following categories: individual behavior (requirement code SI), culture and society (requirement code SC), or public affairs (requirement code SF). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Natural Science & Mathematics - Understanding the Natural World. Satisfied by completing 1 course in 3 of the 4 requirement codes: biological sciences (requirement code NB), earth sciences (requirement code NE), mathematical sciences (requirement code NM), and physical sciences (requirement code NP). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal. The purpose of this requirement is to expose students to several disciplines in an effort to help them make informed choices regarding potential majors or minors. Principal courses should be completed early in the curriculum.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

Economics Core Knowledge and Skills

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

Economics Required Electives

Majors must complete 6 courses (18 hours) in economics outside of the core courses at the 500-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 36 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.

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