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University Catalog 2020-2021 
University Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, B.A.

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The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics is 120 units, of which 55-61 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.

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

A total of 54-61units is required for the major, depending on the option selected. All students complete a 30-unit common core of lower and upper division courses in economics, business and math, and take courses in one of the two options to complete remaining degree requirements.

Core Requirements (30 units)

Option Requirements

Students select one of the following two options, comprising 24-31 units, to fulfill requirements for the major.

Option 1: Applied Economics (31 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.

Lower Division Required Course (4)

Elective Field Courses (15 units)

Select  12 units of courses from one of the following fields, plus  3 additional units of upper division economics courses, with adviser approval.

Option 2: Social and Behavioral Sciences (24 units)

This option serves students with interdisciplinary interests in economics and other areas of social and behavioral sciences.

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