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2022-2023 University Catalog 
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Economics Honors, BS

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About the Program

Welcome to Purdue University’s Department of Economics. The Department, located in the Krannert School of Management, has a long tradition of excellence in research and teaching. Economics faculty members are leaders in their respective fields.

The Economics Department offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. For undergraduates students, the Department offers two Baccalaureate degrees, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Economics through the Management School and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree through the College of Liberal Arts. We also offer an Economics Honors Program, a Minor in Economics and a Minor in Business Economics.


Economics Honors (BS) Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Department/Program Major Courses (51-52 credits)

Economics Admission Index(EAI) courses consist of:

  • COM 11400 Fundamentals of Speech Communication OR COM 21700 Science Writing & Presentation OR SCLA 10200 Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking and Communication II: Modern World OR EDPS 31500 Collaborative Leadership: Interpersonal Skills
  • ECON 25100 Microeconomics
  • ECON 25200 Macroeconomics
  • ENGL 10600 First-year Composition OR ENGL 10800 Accelerated First-year Composition OR SCLA 10100 Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking and Communication I: Antiquity to Modernity or HONR 19903 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Writing
  • MA 16100 Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus I OR MA 16500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

Major Specialty Area - Choose one (26-27 credits)

A. Economic Policy (27 credits)

C. Quantitative Economics & Data Analytics (26-27 credits)

D. Mathematical Economics (26-27 credits)

Management Cultural Competency Selectives (6 credits)

  • Cultural Competency I - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Cultural Competency II - Credit Hours: 3.00

Cultural Competency Selectives I & II for Management  

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (25-27 credits)

Electives (42-43 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 42.00-43.00

The number of general electives will vary for each student and can include AP credit, transfer credit, and/or Credit by Exam.

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

16-18 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

  • Major Specialty Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Major Specialty Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Human Cultures: Humanities Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science, Technology & Society Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

  • Major Specialty Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Major Specialty Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science #2 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Cultural Competency II - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • Major Specialty Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Major Specialty Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Major Specialty Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00 

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • Major Specialty Selective - Credit Hours: 2.00-3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

14-15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

12-13 Credits


  • MGMT, OBHR and ECON courses numbered 30000 or higher can only be taken after being admitted to Upper Division, with the exception of OBHR 33300. Students may take this course during their Sophomore Year.
  • Courses taken on approved Krannert study abroad programs may be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students participating in a Purdue approved study abroad program are registered as full-time Purdue students during their semester abroad. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss study abroad opportunities.
  • Information on summer courses is available at www.purdue.edu/thinksummer.
  • Graduation Index: 3.5 Minimum. Major Index: 3.5 Minimum.
  • Transfer credit for upper level MGMT, OBHR and ECON (Purdue Transfer Credit Courses) will only be considered if taken at a 4 year AACSB accredited school.
  • For students in the Honors College, ECON 25100-H, ECON 49900 all count as honors elective courses (automatically provide honors credits without the need for an honor contract)
  • Students interested in Master’s or Ph.D. programs in economics, accounting, finance, political science, and other related fields should take additional mathematics and statistics courses. Consider completing a minor in either or both. These courses are highly recommended: MA 30100, MA 34100, MA 44000, MA 36600, STAT 41600/51600, and STAT 42000/52000. Please see  https://www.krannert.purdue.edu/academics/economics/Undergraduate/after-graduation/prep-grad-school.asp
  • MA 16020 is not sufficient preparation for minors offered by the College of Science and the College of Engineering. Consider taking MA 16200 or MA 16600 instead. Students who have not completed MA 16100 but have a C- or better in both MA 16010 & MA 16020 may take MA 16200.
  • Once you have completed ECON 25100 & 25200 you should quickly complete the three core economics courses (ECON 34000, ECON 35200, and ECON 36000). After completing these courses, consider applying for an undergraduate teaching assistantship. Working as an undergraduate TA sometimes leads to research assistant opportunities.
  • If you maintain a high GPA into your junior year, consider applying for prestigious scholarships including: Fulbright Fellowship, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, National Science Foundation Fellowship, Marshall Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Beinecke Scholarship, British Chevening Scholarship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, and Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
  •  Upper Division Requirements: A student must 1) complete all EAI courses with a 2.75 or above EAI GPA AND a 2.50 cumulative GPA 2) have a C- or higher in all EAI AND any ECON courses 3) Not be on academic probation.

  • University Policy states students may only attempt a course 3 times and grades of W or WF are included in this limit. Per the School of Management, no more than three different MAI courses, or their equivalents, may be taken two times for a grade.
  • Students are responsible for consulting their advisor about re-take options available to them.
  • Previous enrollments in MA 16100, 16200, 16500, 16600 do not count against the retake policy for the MAI.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (Ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  





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