Economics Major / Minor Requirements

Declaration in or after Fall 2019

Last update: August 2019

Major Coordinator

Hady Kahy (hkahy@tuj.temple.edu)

Major Overview

The major in economics exposes a student to the economist’s way of thinking about social problems and behavior. The major helps a student understand the economic aspects of current events and public policy and it is a good preparation for careers in public policy, law and business. There is also a cooperative Education (internship) option. Through this program, students may gain valuable work experience which can enhance their job market prospects upon graduation. By completing an academic research project under guidance of a faculty member, Co-op students may earn credit for Economics 3581. The BA major, which also provides the essential background for study of economics, is designed for those who are planning for careers in economics, among other Liberal Arts fields, as well as professional careers.

University and College of Liberal Arts Requirements

Students will follow College of Liberal Arts Baccalaureate (B.A.) Degree Requirements.

Major Requirements

2 Introductory Economics courses

  Course Title Credits
Economics 1101 / 1901 Macroeconomic Principles 3
Economics 1102 / 1902 Microeconomic Principles 3

Prerequisites: Math 0702
These courses are prerequisites for most of the Economics 2000-3900 courses. Check specific course descriptions for details.

1 Statistics course

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3-4
Statistics 2103 Statistical Business Analytics  
Math 2031 Probability and Statistics  

Math 2031 will no longer meet the requirement after fall 2021
All pre-requisites must be completed in advance. Consult with the academic advisor for details.

3 Economic Theory courses

  Course Title Credits
Economics 3501 / 3701 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis / Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis with Calculus 3
Economics 3502 / 3702 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis / Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis with Calculus 3
Economics 3503 / 3703 Introduction to Econometrics / Econometric Theory 3

1 additional Economics course

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3
Economics 3563 International Trade  
Economics 3564 International Monetary Economics  

Writing-Intensive Elective

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3
Economics 3596 Energy, Ecology, & Economy  
Economics 3597 Health Economics  
Economics 3696 Behavioral Economics  
Economics 3697* The Economics of Sports  
Economics 3698 Economic Inequality  

*Students who have earned credit for ECON 3541 will not receive additional credit for ECON 3697.

Capstone Course

  Course Title Credits
Economics 3598 Economics Writing Seminar 3

Prerequisites: Econ 3501 and 3502

3 Electives in Economics at the 3000-level or above

  Course Title Credits
Economics 3000+   3
Economics 3000+   3
Economics 3000+   3

Students preparing for graduate study in economics or in an economics-related area are strongly encouraged to take ECON 3701, ECON 3702, ECON 3703 (and ECON 3504, if possible) as well as courses in calculus and linear algebra. Consult with the Major Coordinator for more details and courses appropriate as preparatory course works for the graduate study.

Minor Requirements

2 Introductory Economics courses

  Course Title Credits
Economics 1101 / 1901 Macroeconomic Principles 3
Economics 1102 / 1902 Microeconomic Principles 3

Prerequisites: Math 0702
These courses are prerequisites for most of the Economics 2000-3900 courses. Check specific course descriptions for details.

1 Economic Theory course

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3
Economics 3501 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis / Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis with Calculus  
Economics 3502 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis / Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis with Calculus  

3 Electives in Economics at the 3000-level or above

  Course Title Credits
Economics 3000+   3
Economics 3000+   3
Economics 3000+   3

If both ECON 3501 (ECON 3701) and ECON 3502 (ECON 3702) are taken, one course will satisfy one ECON 3000+ elective requirement.
Minors are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.