Economics Education (B.A.)

Students attending a lecture.
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 – Microeconomics
MATH 114, 115, 117, 221 or 241
Foreign language
Mathematics, natural sciences, related work (GEOG)
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business
Second semester
ENGL 110 – First-Year Writing
ECON 103 – Macroeconomics
Free elective
Mathematics, natural sciences & technology breadth course with lab
History and cultural change requirement (no HIST)
Sophomore Year
First semester
ECON 300 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory without Calculus or ECON 301 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory with Calculus
HIST 104 – World History since 1400
Breadth course/related work
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
Mathematics, natural sciences, related work (GEOG)
Second semester
ECON 303 – Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory without Calculus
EDUC 419 – Diversity in Secondary Education
HIST 106 – U.S. History since 1865
ECON 306 – Data Analysis for Economics and Business
POSC 150 – Introduction to American Politics
Junior Year
First semester
EDUC 414 – Teaching Exceptional Adolescents
GEOG 120 – World Regional Geography
ECON 300- or 400-level
ECON 300- or 400-level
Related work (POSC)
STAT 200 – Basic Statistical Practice
Second semester
EDUC 413 – Adolescent Development & Educational Psychology
ECON 300- or 400-Level
Related work (POSC)
Related work (HIST)
Creative arts & humanities/multicultural requirement
Senior Year
First semester
EDUC 420 – Reading in the Content Areas
HIST 491 – Planning a Course of Instruction
HIST 492 – Integrating Instructional Technology into Social Studies Teaching
ECON 400-level
ECON 400-level
Creative Arts & Humanities breadth course/Second writing requirement
Second semester
EDUC 400 – Student Teaching (DLE & Capstone)
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.


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Learn More

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

Admissions Information

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