Minor in Economics

Catalog Year: 2024-2025


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.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 21

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Core Courses

ECON 103 Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core) 1 3
ECON 104 Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core) 1 3
ECON 306 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
Total Credits 9

Must be completed with a minimum grade of C.


Select four electives from courses in economics at the 3xx or 4xx level 1 12
Total Credits 12
  • ECON 385 International Economic Policy 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 Business Analytics I (Mason Core) or STAT 344 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I may be substituted for up to 3 credits of economics electives.
  • A minimum of nine credits of upper-level economics courses must be taken at Mason.