Department of Economics
David Vera, Chair
Peters Business Building, Room 385
Degrees and Programs Offered
BA in Economics, B.A.
MN in Economics, Minor
MN in International Political Economy Minor
Economics is the social science that studies the way in which societies are organized to produce the goods and services that sustain and enhance the life processes of the community. As a fundamental scientific discipline, economics employs systematic analysis in the study of the production and distribution of income within and among nations. Since all social policy issues in modern societies have an economic dimension, the study of economics offers the student an opportunity to investigate the most important and exciting problems of political economy facing the world today.
Such topics as inflation, unemployment, business cycles, international trade, finance, and development have long been within the province of economics. More recently, the economic way of thinking has been extended to other areas. Economic theories have been used to explain crime rates, birth rates, class conflict, pollution, marriage decisions, migration, and many other topics involving human behavior.
Economics majors acquire skills in critical and analytical thinking that contribute to an individual's intellectual independence and self-confidence in the problem-solving processes. In addition, economics majors confront the necessity of developing a broad view of the options facing humankind in organizing the production and distribution of income. The literature of economics presents widely diverse systems of political economic philosophy. The department offers a well-developed and balanced curriculum.
The program in economics is designed to give the student maximum flexibility. A typical economics major might take courses in intermediate macroeconomic theory and statistics while also learning about global corporations in the third world, or the regional economy, or pursue an independent study project on the foundations of supply-side economics. The economics major is designed to permit the student to pursue a broad liberal arts undergraduate degree, integrating the study of economics with other social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and business administration.
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
ECON 40 and 50 are prerequisites for most upper-division courses in economics. Any student planning graduate work is advised to take additional mathematics.
1. Major requirements (39 units)
Upper-Division Breadth and Application Course Selections (21 units)
Students must select one upper-division economics course from each of Categories I, II and III to be exposed to the breadth of fields of study in economics (9 units).
In addition, students must select four upper division economics courses from the remaining courses in Categories I, II, III, IV and V. (12 units).
2. General Education requirements (49 units)
3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)
4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor
5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.
- CR/NC grading is not permitted in the economics major or minor, except for courses offered only under CR/NC grading.
- General Education and elective units may be used toward a double major or minor (see double major or departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.
- ECON 165 is not open to economics majors.
- ECON 123 has the following prerequisite: MATH 11 or MATH 101 or DS 73 or AGBS 71 or PSYCH 42 passed with C grade or better (in addition to ECON 40 and ECON 50).
The faculty of the department is staffed by professors whose primary professional commitment is to undergraduate education. Every member participates in the full range of teaching assignments from moderate sized sections of economics principles to small, upper-division classes (averaging 16 students). They offer a wide variety of courses ranging from the traditional core of intermediate micro and macroeconomic theory to problem-oriented courses, as the economics of health, crime, sports, and government regulation. The background of the faculty, like its program offerings, represents a broad spectrum of intellectual tastes and professional specialties.
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Bachelor of Arts in Economics
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Economics is the social science that studies the way in which societies are organized to produce the goods and services that sustain and enhance the life processes of the community.
As a fundamental scientific discipline, economics employs systematic analysis in the study of the production and distribution of income within and among nations. Since all social policy issues in modern societies have an economic dimension, the study of economics offers the student an opportunity to investigate the most important and exciting problems of political economy facing the world today.
Graduates of the department pursue a variety of challenging careers in industry, finance, education, government and international organizations. Students completing our major have found opportunities in local and state businesses, multinational corporations and government agencies. The B.A. in Economics is also an excellent foundation for graduate school in public policy, public administration, business, law and economics. An increasing number of Economics majors and minors are attending graduate school. Some recent placements include University of Wisconsin Madison (Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics), University of Nebraska (Ph.D. in Economics), USC (Ph.D. in Health Economics), Harvard University (Ph.D. Public Policy), University of Denver (M.A. in Economics), UC Santa Cruz (M.A. in Applied Economics), London School of Economics (M.A. in International Relations).
Careers for professional economists:
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, as of 2016, the largest employers of economists were as follows:
- Federal government
- Scientific research and development services
- Management, scientific, and technical consulting services
- State and local government, excluding education and hospitals
- Finance and insurance
There are also a significant number of jobs in education at the state and local level.
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What You Can Do
Pursue graduate studies in law, social work, international relations, public administration and policy
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- History of Economic Thought
- Environmental Economics
- Economic Development of Poor Nations
- Money and Banking
What You Can Learn
- Economic effects of military expenditures in historical perspective
- The social and economic forces shaping the economic status of women in the U.S.
- The monetary and banking system of the United States
- Evolution of economics as a science
About the College
The Craig School of Business is proud to be recognized as one of the best business schools in the state. The school provides active, engaged learning experiences to empower future business leaders. State of the art computer labs are open day and night, with staff available to answer technical questions, and all student areas within the Peters Business Building have wireless Internet access.
School Contact Information
The Craig School of Business
5245 N. Backer Ave.,
Fresno CA 93740-8001
Phone: (559) 278-2482
Department Contact Information
Phone: 559.278.3916 | Fax: 559.278.7234
5245 N. Backer MS/PB20
Fresno CA 93740-8001