Prepare economically literate and productive citizens.

Become an effective economics teacher by strengthening your knowledge of both education and economics. Study how markets work. Learn what is produced, how it is produced, and how income is distributed. Explore subjects such as:

  • The role and impact of international trade
  • The effect of monopolies on the economy
  • The problems of unemployment and inflation

Your studies will provide you with a framework for evaluating policy to determine whether they help improve the quality of people’s lives. You will be equipped to help design solutions for society’s economic problems.

You will also learn how to turn your knowledge into effective, engaging lessons for secondary students that will help them develop the skills they need to graduate as economically literate and flourishing citizens.

Program Requirements

The economics education major is a 125 credit-hour program with 33 credits of coursework in economics.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year
First semester
ECON 101 – Micoreconomics
MATH 114, 115, 117, 221 or 241
Foreign language (4 credits)
Mathematics, natural sciences, related work (GEOG)
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business
Second semester
ENGL 110 – Seminar in Composition
Foreign language or free elective (4 credits)
ECON 103 – Macroeconomics
Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology breadth course with lab (4 credits)
HIST 104 – World History
Sophomore Year
First semester
ECON 300 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory or ECON 301 – Quantitative Microeconomic Theory
STAT 200 – Basic Statistical Practice
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
Breadth course/related work
Mathematics, natural sciences, related work (GEOG)
Second semester
ECON 303 – Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 306 – Introduction to Econometrics
POSC 150 – Introduction to American Politics
EDUC 419 – Diversity in Secondary Education
HIST 206 – U.S. History
Junior Year
First semester
ECON 300-level
ECON 300- or 400-level
GEOG 120 – World Regional Geography
EDUC 414 – Teaching Exceptional Adolescents
Related work (POSC)
Winter or Summer Session
Creative arts & humanities bread course, designated as a 2nd writing requirement
Second semester
ECON 300- or 400-Level
Related work – POSC course
Related work – HIST course
EDUC 413 – Adolescent Development & Educational Psychology (4 credits)
ECON 300- or 400-level
Senior Year
First semester
ECON 400-level
ECON 400-level
Creative Arts & Humanities breadth course
EDUC 420 – Reading in the Content Areas
HIST 491 – Planning a Course of Instruction
HIST 492 – Integrating Instructional Technology into Social Studies Teaching
Second semester
EDUC 400 – Student Teaching (9 credits)
HIST 493 – Problems in Teaching History & Social Sciences

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to teach in Delaware schools and in other states or countries. For information on career resources please visit the Lerner Career Services Center.


Learn More

For more information about this program, email Professor Bonnie Meszaros at or visit the UD Social Studies Education page.

Admissions Information

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