B.A. in Economics

The Field of Economics

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.

 

Economics Core

 Lower-Division: 

  • ECON 40 (Principles of Microeconomics) 3 units
  • ECON 50 (Principles of Macroeconomics) 3 units 

Upper-Division: 

  • ECON 100A (Intermediate Microeconomics) 3 units 
  • ECON 100B (Intermediate Macroeconomics) 3 units 
  • ECON 123 (Introduction to Econometrics) 3 units
  • ECON 192 (Senior Project) 3 units

Category I: Macroeconomics and International Economics Courses (3 units minimum)

  • ECON 103 (Economics of Inflation, Unemployment, and Growth) 3 units
  • ECON 114 (Economic Development of Poor Nations) 3 units
  • ECON 135 (Money and Banking) 3 units
  • ECON 178 (International Economics) 3 units 
  • ECON 188T (Special Topics) 1-3 units

Category II. Microeconomics Courses (3 units minimum)

  • ECON 117 (Environmental Economics) 3 units
  • ECON 119 (Urban and Regional Economics) 3 units
  • ECON 131 (Public Economics) 3 units
  • ECON 144 (Economics of Sports) 3 units
  • ECON 150 (Labor Economics) 3 units
  • ECON 162 (Health Economics) 3 units
  • ECON 189T (Topics in Public Policy) 1-3 units

Category III. Historical and Political Economics Courses (3 units minimum)

  • ECON 101 (History of Economic Thought) 3 units
  • ECON 110 (Economic History of the United States) 3 units
  • ECON 111 (European Economic History) 3 units
  • ECON 179 (International Political Economy) 3 units
  • ECON 181 (Political Economy of Latin America) 3 units
  • ECON 183 (Political Economy of the Middle East) 3 units
  • ECON 115T (Topics in Historical and Political Economics) 1-3 units

Category IV. Cross-cutting Economics Courses

  • ECON 102W (Explorations in Economic Literature) 3 units
  • ECON 120 (Women in the Economy) 3 untis
  • ECON 125 (Introduction to Mathematical Methods for Economics) 3 units 
  • ECON 146 (Economics of Crime) 3 units
  • ECON 152 (Economics of Human Resources) 3 units
  • ECON 167 (Contemporary Socioeconomic Challenges) 3 units
  • ECON 176 (Economics Themes in Films) 3 units 

Category V. Special Courses (3 units maximum)

  • ECON 185 (Directed Readings) 1-3 units
  • ECON 190 (Independent Study) 1-3 units 
  • ECON 191 (internship in Applied Economics) 1-3 units

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