College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Economics

Economics is an essential tool for understanding the complexities of modern society. Economics analyzes how people with limited resources make choices and how we might make better choices. A minor in economics is an extremely flexible and marketable choice. Whether a student's primary interest is in business, communications, policy, data management, international studies, or engineering, a minor in economics provides an additional edge in the workplace.

For policies governing all minors, see the Academic Policies section of this 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.

Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 overall in coursework applied to the minor. Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. Students must also complete ECON 103 and 104 with a minimum grade of 2.00 (C) in each. A minimum of nine credits of upper-level economics courses must be taken at Mason.

Three required courses (9 credits)

ECON 103 - Contemporary Microeconomic Principles Credits: 3

ECON 104 - Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles Credits: 3

ECON 306 - Intermediate Microeconomics Credits: 3

Four elective courses (12 credits)

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

With permission of the department chair or undergraduate director, a course in a closely related field may be substituted for 3 credits of economics electives. A course in statistics is highly recommended, and BUS 210, STAT 250 or STAT 344 may be substituted for up to 3 credits of economics electives.

Total: 21 credits

Print Friendly and PDF