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2011-2012 General Catalog 
2011-2012 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Economics, BA

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Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Department of Economics and Finance

Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement

Bachelor of Arts Degree

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
  2. Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920  and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
  4. Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  1. Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
  2. TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

Economics Major

As the Economics major provides a strong grounding in economic theory, it helps open career opportunities that involve policy analysis. The Economics major has been a very popular dual major for Finance and Accounting majors because of the added theoretical and analytical dimension that advanced studies in economics can contribute to Finance and Accounting majors. This combination is excellent preparation for students interested in advanced studies in Accounting or Finance.

The Economics major also provides students in the humanities, and social and natural sciences with an opportunity to learn policy analysis tools. Whether the students are directly interested in policy or simply interested in the impact of policy within their chosen primary major, economics introduces a robust and empirically verified paradigm for explaining the behavior of social systems and their interaction with cultural, biological, and physical resources.

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in courses required for the major and a grade of C or better in each course required for the major. A C grade or better in ECN 1500 , MATH 1100 , and STAT 2300  and an overall GPA of 2.67 or higher is required for admission into some MGT courses required for the managerial emphasis. Economics majors with a dual major must satisfy the admission and graduation requirements of both majors. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade, and students must earn a C or better in each of these courses. For information regarding elective requirements, students should contact their academic advisor.

University Studies Requirements for Economics Major

Students must complete the General Education Requirements :

  • For most students, courses taken for the major will meet the Exploration requirement

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  • For most students, courses taken for the major will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) and Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirements
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) and Life and Physical Sciences (DSC)

Economics Major (without area of Emphasis)

Economics Major (Economic Theory Emphasis):

The Economic Theory Emphasis is designed for students who are interested in preparing for graduate studies in economics or finance and for students who are preparing for a career that requires training in quantitative economic analysis. Graduates have employment opportunities in business and government, as well as opportunities for continuing their education in graduate economics programs or in professional schools. Economists are often involved in policy analysis for government agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

Economics Major (Prelaw Economics Emphasis):

The Prelaw Economics Emphasis is for students who plan to attend law school or pursue a career related to political science, and who want to obtain a strong foundation in economics. The large number of elective credits included in this emphasis area provides enough flexibility for students to custom design their program of study to meet individual interests and educational goals. Several students have taken advantage of this flexibility to design a dual major with Economics and Political Science.

Economics Major (International Economics and Trade Emphasis):

The International Economics and Trade Emphasis was created in response to a growing demand for students trained in international economics and trade, resulting from increased globalization and interdependence among countries. In addition, this emphasis helps facilitate the international focus of the Huntsman School of Business.


1 The regular calculus series (MATH 1210  and MATH 1220 ) and the STAT 3000  course are recommended for students contemplating graduate studies in economics and finance. MATH 1210  will fulfill the MATH 1100  requirement. STAT 3000  will fulfill the STAT 2300  requirement

2 For a list of acceptable electives, students should contact their advisor.

Huntsman School of Business Acumen (39-40 credits)

Finance majors in the Department of Economics and Finance must complete the following business acumen in addition to the specific courses listed for the major. (Students should  check with their undergraduate advisor concerning the need for students in the economics major to complete the business acumen.)


All 3000-, 4000-, and 5000-level courses in the Huntsman School of Business are restricted to students admitted to the Huntsman School or another USU major with an overall GPA of at least 2.67 and completion of at least 40 credits.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (10 of last 40 must be USU credits)


Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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