College Catalog: 2012-2013

Anisfield School of Business (ASB): Economics (B.A.)

Four Year Plan

Website: Anisfield School of Business

About the Major

There is practically no dimension of human activity that remains unaffected by economic forces. As a field of study, economics is central to our lives as individual consumers and producers and more broadly as informed, articulate, and responsible members of a community. The Economics major provides students with an understanding of how societies are organized so as to provide for the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Particular attention is given to the United States economy and its connections to the globalization of economic relations in the post World War II eras.

Students gain an understanding of such important economic topics as inflation and recession, money and banking; the relationship between government and business, international economics and trade; the economics of class, race, and gender; and a comparative analysis of other economic systems. Economics is a rigorous and intellectually demanding field of study combining practical knowledge with historical understanding, analytical techniques with philosophical inquiry, and economic theory with government and corporate policy. Diversity of opinion is emphasized through the study of different ideas and schools of thought. The major in the Anisfield School of Business provides important linkages to practical business techniques and knowledge.

Graduates may seek careers in banking, economics research, or a variety of entry-level positions in business and government. They may also pursue graduate work in economics, business, and law. Those students interested in graduate work in Economics are strongly urged to take Calculus.

A group of economists, with expertise in a wide range of specializations within the discipline, comprise the full-time faculty in the economics program. Cooperative education and extracurricular activities are available to the program’s students. Each economics student is advised by a member of the program’s faculty.

Rules of Acceptance into the Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Information Systems, and International Business Majors, see About the Anisfield School of Business (ASB).

Requirements of the Major
  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a (W) below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.
  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
  3. Writing Intensive Requirement: Three writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required: First Year Seminar, Critical Reading and Writing (formerly College English), and READINGS IN THE HUMANITIES.


Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor
  1. At least 1/2 of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the five courses required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A school core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.