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Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree in Economics

The Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance prepares students for a variety of professional opportunities. Departmental emphasis on quality instruction assures that students are exposed to the most up-to-date material and instructional techniques. The study of accounting and finance leads exclusively to business-oriented degrees. In economics, students may pursue either social sciences or business degrees. The Department prepares economic majors to continue their education for graduate programs in business or law.

The department offers a variety of scholarships at the undergraduate level and graduate assistantships at the post-graduate level. Students are encouraged to apply for these awards. The department supports an internship program for students majoring in any field within the department. The intern program combines classroom study with a planned program of related work experience with industry or government agencies. The program provides students an opportunity to earn a portion of their college expenses while gaining work experience which enhances their academic studies.

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Major in Economics (Major Code: 319)

University Core Curriculum Requirements

Refer to the “University Core Curriculum” section of the catalog.

B.A./B.S. Degree Core Curriculum Requirements

  • MATH 1324, SCOM 1315 or 1321 (if not taken as part of University Core Curriculum Requirements).
  • ECON 2301 (if not taken as part of core curriculum), 2302, 3311, 3312, 18 semester hours of advanced economics electives.
  • MATH 1325.
  • CIDM 2342.
  • 15 semester hours of additional course work with prior approval of adviser. These courses should be in harmony with the student’s area of interest.

Recommended Electives

  • ACCT 2301, ACCT 2302, COMM 1315 or COMM 1321 (if not taken as part of University Core Curriculum Requirements)

Other Requirements

B.S. Degree

  • Six semester hours from natural sciences and mathematics.
  • Six semester hours from communications and social sciences.

B.A. Degree

  • Eight semester hours of foreign language.
  • Six semester hours from art, English, history, philosophy or theatre.

Additional electives to total 120 hours for the B.S. degree and 122 hours for the B.A. degree.
 

Major in Economics (Major Code: 306)

The B.B.A. degree in Economics has two distinct concentrations: (1) Economics and (2) Law & Economics. 

  • The economics major prepares graduates for a wide range of entry-level positions in business, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and private consulting. The major provides an intellectual foundation for the appreciation and understanding of economic theory and policy that stresses the importance of imaginative thinking, free inquiry and the pursuit of life-long learning. 
  • The economics major with a concentration in law & economics combines the two disciplines, striving for the integration of both legal and economic knowledge. The objective is to provide a economic and legal knowledge foundation for students who are interested in attending law school or pursuing careers in business management that require a familiarity with applied legal issues.
Traditional BBA in Economics Degree Requirements
  • The University core curriculum, which includes degree specific requirements of MATH 1324, COMM 1315 or 1321, and ECON 2301.
  • Business core required courses for the BBA degree.
  • 6 semester hours from ECON 3311 and ECON 3312.
  • 18 semester hours of advanced ECON elective courses.
  • Additional electives to total 120 hours.
BBA concentration in Law & Economics Degree requirements
  • The University core curriculum, which includes degree specific requirements of MATH 1324, COMM 1315 or 1321, and ECON 2301.
  • Business core required courses for the BBA degree.
  • 9 semester hours from ECON 3311, 3312, 4301, 4305, 4351, or 4355.
  • 9 semester hours from BUSI 4330, 4331, 4370, 4371, 4380, or 4382.
  • 6 semester hours of advanced BUSI and/or ECON electives.
  • Additional electives to total 120 hours.

Minor in Economics

  • 18 hours in economics (ECON), including at least nine hours at the 3000 level or above. 

 

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