A A Email Print Share


Liberal Arts students can earn a B.A. in economics in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts. 

Motivation and the Marketplace

Economics is a social science that employs logical reasoning 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 statistics, economic history, psychology, sociology, and political economy. BA economics majors take a number of upper-level courses including two courses in Econometrics that require students to complete several rigorous research projects.

All undergraduate BA Economics majors have the opportunity to write and defend a major Economics-related thesis. These research papers may be published in academic journals and/or presented at academic conferences.

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, 381W, 384W, 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

Class Scheduling:


ECON 201 and 202 are offered fall and spring semesters

ECON 301 and ECON 381W are offered fall semester

ECON 302 and ECON 384W are offered spring semester

Four electives offered each fall and spring semester (FINC 433W, ECON 480W, and two other ECON electives)

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 381W Econometrics

Spring Junior

Econ 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics; Econ 384W Advanced Econometrics

Fall Senior


Spring Senior


For more information, contact the undergraduate programs office at McAnulty College - 412.396.6389 
Program Director - Father John Sawicki