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Department of Economics

Degree Programs

Areas of Study

Bachelor of Arts Major

Economics majors are prepared for a wide variety of careers in government, business, finance, politics, and education. It is also an ideal major for students who plan to pursue higher degrees in law, business, or international studies. Please see our undergraduate brochure for an in-depth look at the major.

Major Requirements

Every Economics major must complete 42 credits and take the following courses:

Introductory courses— 8 hrs.
ECON 1020 Micro- & Macro-Economics I—4 hrs.
ECON 1030 Micro- & Macro-Economics II—4 hrs.

Intermediate theory courses —16 hrs.
ECON 2020 Intermediate Microeconomics—4 hrs.
ECON 2030 Intermediate Macroeconomics—4 hrs.
ECON 2050 History of Economic Thought—4 hrs.
ECON 2670 Quantitative Methods in Economics—4 hrs.

Elective Courses— 16 hrs.
4 other upper-division (i.e. 2000- or 3000-level) courses—4x4 hrs
(At least one of these courses must be at the 3000-level.)

Senior Paper (ECON 3996)—2 hrs.

Continuing economics majors

For students who declared the major or started taking economics courses before spring quarter 2012, the old requirements of 41 credit-hours remain.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who have received credit at other schools for introductory Economics (equivalent to ECON 1020 and ECON 1030) can take any courses for which ECON 1030 is listed as a prerequisite. Students who have received credit that is equivalent to one of these two courses can take the other one. The Economics faculty representative at Discoveries' Major Advising session or the Economics Department Chair thereafter can grant credit for particular DU Economics courses if they can see documentation of the transfer or advanced placement credit the University has approved for you and a description of the Economics courses you took elsewhere.

To declare Economics as your major, please contact the Department Chair, Professor Tracy Mott. Professor Mott has office hours Monday through Thursday from 2:00-6:00pm in Sturm Hall 245 during the academic year or email him at tracy.mott@du.edu.