Economics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

BA in Economics

The BA in economics is designed for students with a strong interest in the liberal arts. It is appropriate for those who prefer a less quantitative degree program than the BS in economics and may be especially appropriate for students planning to attend law school or graduate programs in business or public administration.

Some economics courses may fulfill the Mason Core requirement in global understanding or the college requirement in non-Western culture. Check with the departmental advising office for more information. Economics majors can fulfill the Mason Core synthesis requirement with ECON 309.

This undergraduate program offers students the option of applying to the accelerated master's degree program.  See Economics, BA or BS/Economics, Accelerated MA for specific requirements.

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in economics must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete the course work below with a minimum GPA of 2.00 overall in their ECON coursework. Students must also complete ECON 103 and 104 with at least a 2.00 (C) in each.

BA without a Concentration

Six or seven required courses (18-19 credits)

ECON 103 - Contemporary Microeconomic Principles Credits: 3

ECON 104 - Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles Credits: 3

ECON 306 - Intermediate Microeconomics Credits: 3

ECON 311 - Intermediate Macroeconomics Credits: 3

MATH 108 - Introductory Calculus with Business Applications Credits: 3 or HNRT 125 - A Liberal Arts Approach to Calculus Credits: 3 or MATH 113 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I Credits: 3

IT 104 - Introduction to Computing Credits: 3 or CS 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming Credits: 4, or HNRS 353 - Technology in the Contemporary World  Credits: 3 and MIS 102 - Spreadsheet Applications for Business Credits: 1

Two courses in statistics (6 credits)

BUS 210 - Business Analytics I Credits: 3 and BUS 310 - Business Analytics II Credits: 3

or

STAT 250 - Introductory Statistics I Credits: 3 and STAT 350 - Introductory Statistics II Credits: 3

or

STAT 344 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I Credits: 3 and STAT 354 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II Credits: 3

Eight elective courses (24 credits)

Students choose their electives from courses in economics at the 300 and 400 level. ECON 385 may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Total: 48 or 49 credits

◊ Concentration in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

This 70-73 credit concentration offers students a program that explores the interdisciplinary connections between philosophy, political science, and economics.

Seven or eight courses (21-22 credits) in economics

ECON 103 fulfills the Mason Core requirement in social and behavioral science.

ECON 103 - Contemporary Microeconomic Principles Credits: 3

ECON 104 - Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles Credits: 3

ECON 306 - Intermediate Microeconomics Credits: 3

ECON 311 - Intermediate Macroeconomics Credits: 3

ECON 412 - Game Theory and Economics of Institutions Credits: 3

MATH 108 - Introductory Calculus with Business Applications Credits: 3

or HNRT 125 - A Liberal Arts Approach to Calculus Credits: 3 or MATH 113 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I Credits: 3

IT 104 - Introduction to Computing Credits: 3

or CS 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming Credits: 4, or HNRS 353 - Technology in the Contemporary World Credits: 3 and MIS 102 - Spreadsheet Applications for Business Credits: 1

One or two courses in statistics (4-6 credits)

OM 210 - Statistical Analysis for Management, or both STAT 250 - Introductory Statistics I Credits: 3 and STAT 350 - Introductory Statistics II Credits: 3, or both STAT 344 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I Credits: 3 and STAT 354 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II Credits: 3

Six elective courses (18 credits)

Electives are chosen from courses in economics at the 300 and 400 level. ECON 385 may not be used to fulfill this requirement. If ECON 340 is chosen as an elective, students need not take the 4-credit course MATH 114; however, MATH 114 is strongly recommended for students considering graduate school in economics since it is required for admission to most graduate programs. An additional calculus course beyond MATH 114 is also advisable for students considering graduate study in economics.

Four courses in philosophy (12 credits)

PHIL 324 / GOVT 324 - Modern Western Political Theory Credits: 3 or PHIL 327/ GOVT 327 - Contemporary Western Political Theory Credits: 3

PHIL 357 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences Credits: 3 or PHIL 371 - Philosophy of Natural Sciences Credits: 3

PHIL 358 - Ethics and Economics Credits: 3

PHIL 411 - Theories of Decision Credits: 3

Four courses in public and international affairs (12 credits)

GOVT 103 - Introduction to American Government Credits: 3

GOVT 323 / PHIL 323 - Classical Western Political Theory Credits: 3

GOVT 422 - Constitutional Interpretation Credits: 3

GOVT 467 - Current Issues in Economic Policy Credits: 3

One capstone experience course (3 credits)

GOVT 469 or PHIL460/ ECON 460 - Senior Seminar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Credits: 3

Total: 70 - 73 credits

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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