2022-2023 Catalog 
    Jun 17, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, BA

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A Bachelor of Arts in Economics prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities in both the public and private sector, and for graduate studies in law and business. Interested students are encouraged to contact the department advisor or the department chair. Information is available on the department website at http://www.uccs.edu/~economics/ 

The department encourages majors and minors to seek out undergraduate research opportunities with faculty as well as internship opportunities that would better prepare them for graduate school as well as the job market. The department has one paid internship, the Cushman Public Policy Research Internship, which is to be completed under the supervision of a faculty member.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate knowledge of economic ideas and models.

  • Students are able to apply economic ideas and models and use economic data.

  • Students are able to develop an economic analysis of an issue of interest.

General Requirements

  • A minimum of 36 credit hours of economics courses, of which at least 18 are upper division (3000-level or higher)
  • All required courses completed with a grade of C or better
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all courses counting towards the major
  • A total of 30 credit hours of C grade or better in major courses

Departmental Honors

Students who wish to graduate with department honors must complete the following courses in addition to the given degree requirements.

       and two of the following:

With these three additional courses completed, department honors will be determined by major GPA at the following thresholds:

  • Distinction: at least 3.2

  • High Distinction: at least 3.5

  • Highest Distinction: at least 3.8

Economics Major Course Requirements

Required Courses

All of the core courses should be completed prior to the senior year, except for ECON 4990.


  • Complete a minimum of 18 additional credit hours of Economics (ECON) electives. At least 9 credit hours of electives must be upper-division (3000- or 4000-level) courses.

Recommended Courses

The Economics Department assigns faculty advisors to all its majors and minors. Faculty advisors can help students choose classes that are of interest and value to them.  It is recommended that students see their advisor before selecting classes in the major or minor.  
In addition, for students with particular areas of interest, the course recommendations below offer a curriculum-planning guide (please note that courses with a * are included in departmental electives and serve to satisfy major requirements).

Quantitative Focus

This track is suggested for students considered graduate school in economics or a related quanitative field. Beyond the core requirements, students should take:

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