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Liberal Arts students can earn a B.A. in economics through the Department of Economics 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

  • Two-thirds of Duquesne economics students go directly into graduate programs in economics, law and business.
  • Duquesne students are sought by graduate schools because of their intensive quantitative training and research experience.
  • One-third enter the workforce as analysts working for banks, investment management firms, marketing research firms and government and U.N. agencies.
  • Employers seek out the students because of the depth of their critical thinking and the strength of their core content knowledge.

The Curriculum

The undergraduate curriculum is steeped in data analytics. Duquesne economics students graduate with twice the number of credits in analytics courses as do economics students at Ivy League institutions.

All undergraduate Economics majors are required to write and defend a major Economics-related thesis to complete the requirements of the division. 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, 425 and 480 plus 6 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; Mat 301 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I

Spring Sophomore

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

Fall Junior

Econ 301 Intermediate Microeconomics; Econ 381 Econometrics, Elective

Spring Junior

Econ 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics; Econ 384 Forecasting ; Econ 425 Current Economic Issues

Fall Senior

Econ 480 Senior Thesis; Elective

Spring Senior


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