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Liberal Arts students can earn a B.A. in economics through the Department of Economics & Finance in the School of Business Administration. Learn more about the program.

Motivation and the Marketplace

Economics is a social science that employs logical reasoning and data analysis to describe how people, firms, and governments balance their desires with their limitations. The discipline helps students understand what motivates people and how often-conflicting values affect behavior in the marketplace.From individuals to groups, from corporations to governments, people behave differently, and a well-trained student of economics accurately can analyze those differences and their effects.

Economics Students Find Success

Economics majors are successful in a wide variety of careers. They work as research and financial analysts in large and small businesses, consulting firms, and at all levels of government. In addition to preparing students for graduate work in economics, the study of economics provides an excellent foundation for many graduate programs of study.

The Curriculum

The undergraduate curriculum is steeped in data analytics. Duquesne economics majors take a number of upper-level courses in data analytics including two courses in Econometrics that require students to complete several rigorous research projects.
All undergraduate Economics majors have the opportunity to write and defend a major Economics-related thesis. These research papers are often published in academic journals, presented at major academic conferences, or widely cited as policy research by state and federal governments.

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Requirements for a Major

The B.A. in economics through the College of Liberal Arts requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in economics. A grade of C or better must be achieved in all economics courses.
• Economics Core: ECON 201, 202, 301, 302, 381,384, plus 12 credits in ECON at the 300-level or above (excluding ECON 342).
• Extra-departmental requirements: MATH 301/302, or MATH 225/335, or STAT 281/284.

Requirements for a Minor

The minor requires 18 credit hours in economics, including ECON 201, 202, plus an additional 12 credits in ECON at the 300-level or above, excluding ECON 342.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Fall Sophomore

Econ 201 Principles of Microeconomics; Math 301 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I

Spring Sophomore

Econ 202 Principles of Macroeconomics; Math 302 Introduction to Probability and Statistics II

Fall Junior

Econ 301 Intermediate Microeconomics; Econ 381 Econometrics

Spring Junior

Econ 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics; Econ 384 Advanced Econometrics

Fall Senior


Spring Senior


For more information, contact the undergraduate programs office at McAnulty College - 412.396.6389.