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2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics Honors, BA

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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.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.

Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.

For the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum click here .

Departmental/Program Major Courses (45 - 49 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 3.5 Average GPA is required in all ECON courses taken for the major.  Students are required to take ENGL 106/108 and COM 114 as their core requirement. These courses included in the Economics Admission requirements.

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. Additional Economics Courses 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

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (57 credits)

  • (UCC: Written Communication)
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  • (UCC: Written Communication)

  • (UCC: Oral Communication)  
  • Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) (UCC: Humanities) - Credits Hours: 12.00
  • Mathematics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Statistics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • United States Tradition (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if POL 10100  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if ANTH 20500 was taken) - 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 (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if PHIL 27000  or POL 22300  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if HIST 38400  or HIST 38700  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences (UCC: Science - requires 6 credits) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00

Required Minor (12 - 15 credits)

A minor in the College of Liberal Arts is required with this major.

Electives (0 - 6 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

15 Credits

15 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
  • MINOR REQ - 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
  • MINOR REQ - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Note that ECON 36000  has a prerequisite of STAT 35000 /51100  or STAT 22500  & MGMT 30500 ECON 36000  may be used to fulfill 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.

A minimum average 3.5 GPA is required in all ECON courses taken for the major

3.5 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

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

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

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