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University Catalog 2015-2016 (Final Quarter Catalog) 
University Catalog 2015-2016 (Final Quarter Catalog) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, B.A.

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The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics is 180 units, of which 76-84 units are in the major depending on the option selected. Consult with an adviser for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

Advisement: Department of Economics and Statistics

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics prepares students to qualify for positions in business and government. Specific areas include finance, labor, transportation, international trade, banking, and regulatory agencies. A major in economics also provides a foundation for teaching at the college or high school level, and for entrance into graduate school or law school.

Two options are offered: the first emphasizes applied economics, and the second, social and behavioral sciences.

Students pursuing either the major or minor are urged to complete lower division courses before taking upper division courses.

Requirements for the Major (76–84 units)

A total of 76-84 units is required for the major, depending on the option selected. All students complete a 20-unit common core of lower and upper division courses in economics and business plus one of the options to complete remaining degree requirements.

Core Requirements (20 units)

Option Requirements

Students select one of the following two options, comprising 56-64 units, to fulfill requirements for the major.

Option 1: Applied Economics (64 units)

This option provides students with applied, more specialized training in economics. It is recommended for students interested in a career that requires applied business and economics skills.

Upper Division Required Courses (24 units)

Elective Field Courses (28 units)

Select 16-20 units of courses from one of the following fields, plus 8-12 additional units of upper division economics courses, with adviser approval.

Option 2: Social and Behavioral Sciences (56 units)

This option serves students with interdisciplinary interests in economics and other areas of social and behavioral sciences: anthropology, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and American, Chicano, Latin American, Pan-African, and urban studies.

Electives (36 units)

General Electives (20 units)

Select 4 upper division units in economics; 8-16 units in other social or behavioral sciences; and 0-8 units in economics, other courses in the College of Business and Economics, or mathematics with adviser approval.

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