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2015-2016 University Catalog 
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Economics Honors, BA

About the Program

Economics is the study of how people make decisions in the face of scarcities. Economics evaluates topics such as inflation, business cycles, international trade, tax policies, energy costs, the banking system, crime and the legal system, public finance, and economic development. Students explore economic issues and theories through a variety of disciplines while honing their writing, communication, and analytical skills.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Economics  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

120 Credits

Economics Major Requirements (39-41 credits)

A Minor in the College of Liberal Arts IS required with this major

Students CANNOT receive both the BS (M) and BA (LA) in Economics

A minimum average 2.0 GPA is required in all ECON courses taken for the major


The following courses:


Pre-Economics Courses: (15-19 credits)

The following courses:

Upper Division Economics Admission Requirements

The following are the Economics Admission Index (EAI) courses: ENGL 10600 /10800  , COM 11400 , ECON 25100 , ECON 25200 , MA 16010 /16100 /16500 , and CS 23500 . To be admitted to Upper Division Economics, students must complete all of the EAI courses with an EAI GPA of 2.75 or higher, have a C- or higher in all EAI courses, and not be on probation. Students also must have a C- or higher in any ECON course taken previously or concurrently with the EAI courses. A maximum of three EAI courses may be repeated one time each for a grade. Grades of “F” earned in an EAI or ECON course may only be retaken at Purdue University. Previous enrollments in MA 16100 /MA 16500  do not count in the EAI GPA if replaced with MA 16010 .

Requirements for Upper Division Economics

C. Select four Economics courses from the 30000, 40000, or 50000 level (12 credits)

(except 51300 , 51400 , or 51500 )

At least three courses must be taken at Purdue University; and no more than three upper division ECON courses per semester unless at least 2.75 overall GPA

D. Complete the requirements for any College of Liberal Arts Minor (or Major)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (48 - 49 credits)

  • or

  • Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) - Credit Hours: 12.00
  • Mathematics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Statistics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • United States Tradition - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00

Electives (22-27 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology & Society Selective
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Additional Requirements for Economics Honors:

  • Econ GPA of at least 3.5 at the time of graduation
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 at the time of graduation

Note that ECON 36000  has a prerequisite of STAT 35000 /51100  or STAT 22500  & MGMT 30500 . ECON 36000  may be used to fulfil the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum requirement in Statistics.
Note that ECON 49900  has prerequisites of ECON 36000 , Minimum GPA of 3.5, and 12 Credits of upper-division economics courses.

Program Requirements

15-19 Credits

15-16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • Global Perspective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


A minimum average 2.0 GPA is required in all ECON courses taken for the major, including prerequisites

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.