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Explore the Hows and Whys of the World’s Markets

Economics places you at the juncture of social science, business and social policy. This fascinating subject helps explain the behavior of individuals, groups and organizations.

As an economics student, you will study how markets work to determine what is produced, how it is produced and how income is distributed. You will explore subjects like the role and impact of international trade, the effect of monopolies on the economy and the problems of unemployment and inflation.

This work will help you develop a strong understanding of businesses, markets and financial organizations. This means that you’ll graduate prepared for careers in the private, public and academic sectors.

Earn either a bachelor of science (B.S.) or a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in economics depending on your strengths in mathematics and quantitative skills (B.S.) or foreign language (B.A.).

Economics Major Concentrations

Two concentrations are available for either the B.S. or the B.A. economics major.

  • Applied Economics enables students to apply economics and econometrics to the analysis of topical issues and policy options.
  • Economic Theory and Econometrics provides a foundation of advanced economic theory and strong preparation for graduate studies in economics.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Research Opportunities

Economics research opportunities are available during the summer and academic year. Summer research programs are a very good stepping stone to a successful senior thesis or project. More details are available at the Undergraduate Research Program website.

Honors in Economics

The honors program at UD offers a scholarly and enriching community that extends well beyond graduation. You’ll enjoy smaller, more challenging classes and the opportunity to engage in research and assume leadership roles.

The honors degree requires:

  1. All requirements for the B.A. or B.S. in economics (B.A. in economics education).
  2. All of the University’s generic requirements for the honors baccalaureate degree.

ECON301 and ECON303 must be taken in honors sections. Courses in economics at the 600-level or higher may be considered as Honors courses.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The economics major is a 120-credit-hour program with 30 credits of coursework in economics, six credits of statistics and nine credits of related work.

The B.A. and B.S. degrees in economics are identical except for the math and language requirements:

Language

  • B.A. degree students must earn a passing grade in an intermediate level course (107 or 112) offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination.
  • B.S. degree students do not have a language requirement.

Math

  • B.S. majors are required to demonstrate proficiency in quantitative methods. This involves successfully completing 12 credit hours of coursework as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog, including taking ECON301, which uses calculus, as their intermediate-level course in microeconomics. Note: quantitative skills are an important part of more advanced study in economics, and several 400-level courses in economics require calculus.
  • B.A. majors may take either ECON300 or ECON301.

B.S. Economics

Suggested course sequence.

Freshman Year

First semester
ECON101 Microeconomics
MATH221 Calculus I
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
Social/behavioral science breadth course
BUAD110 Basics of Business

Second semester
ENGL110 Seminar in Composition
ECON103 Macroeconomics
MATH Quantitative Proficiency
Free elective
History & cultural change breadth course

Sophomore Year

First semester
ECON301 Quantitative Microeconomic Theory
MATH201 Statistics I
ACCT207 Rec Related Work
Natural Science/Technology breadth course w/ lab (4 credits)
Quantitative Proficiency

Second semester
ECON303 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
MATH202 Statistics II
ECON 300- or 400-level
Free elective
Quantitative proficiency

Junior Year

First semester
ECON 300- or 400-level
ECON 400-level
2nd writing requirement
Related work
Free elective

Second semester
ECON 300- or 400-level
History & cultural change breadth course
Free Elective
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
Related work

Senior Year

First semester
History & cultural change breadth course
ECON 300- or 400-level
Free elective
Free elective
Multicultural requirement

Second semester
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
ECON 400-level
Free elective
Free elective
Free elective

B.A. Economics

Suggested course sequence.

Freshman Year

First semester
ECON101 Microeconomics
MATH114, 115, 117, 221 or 241 math requirement
Foreign language (4 credits)
Social/behavioral science breadth course
BUAD110 Basics of Business

Second semester
ENGL110 Seminar in Composition
ECON103 Macroeconomics
Foreign language (4 credits)
Mathematics/natural science/technology breadth course w/ lab (4 credits)
History & cultural change breadth course

Sophomore Year

First semester
ECON 300 or ECON 301
MATH201 Statistics I
Foreign language (4 credits)
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
Mathematics/natural science/technology breadth course

Second semester
ECON303 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
MATH202 Statistics II
History & cultural change breadth course
Multicultural Course
Free elective

Junior Year

First semester
ECON 300- or 400-level
ECON 300- or 400-level
Free elective
(ACCT 207 rec.) Related Work
Creative arts & humanities breadth course

Second semester
ECON 300- or 400-level
ECON 300- or 400-level
Related work
2nd writing requirement
Free Elective

Senior Year

First semester
ECON 400-level
Related Work
Free Elective
History & cultural change breadth course
Free elective (2 credits)

Second semester
ECON 400-level
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
Free elective
Free elective

Career Opportunities

Economics graduates often find employment in banking, sales, insurance, real estate, financial analysis and government. Jobs in the economics field include:

  • Financial analyst
  • Consultant
  • Cost analyst
  • Operations coordinator
  • Forecaster
  • Research analyst
  • Regulatory affairs analyst

Learn More

If you have any questions about the major requirements, contact Professor Elizabeth Bayley, Undergraduate Program Advisor.
Browse course descriptions (Select ECON as the subject).


Admissions Information

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