The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics are as follows:
I. Departmental requirements:
Economics majors may choose among six separate curricula:
A. General Economics
Students desiring to major in Economics without selecting a concentration must complete 30 credit hours in Economics, including ECON 1311, 1312, 2301, 3325, and 3326. (MATH 1320 or 3335* may be substituted for ECON 2301.)
Recommended: MATH 1311.
B. Concentration in Theoretical Economics
This concentration emphasizes mathematics and economics theory. It is recommended as the appropriate preparation for Ph.D. programs in economics.
1. 30 credit hours in Economics, including:
ECON 1311, 1312, 3325, 3326, 4365, 4367, and 4370;
2. MATH 1311, 1312, 2321, 3316 or 3323, 3326, 3334, 3335, and 3360. (This combination satisfies the requirements for the minor in mathematics.) In addition, MATH 3338 and CSCI 1320 are strongly recommended.
C. Concentration in Economics and Law
This concentration stresses the application of economic theory to questions of the legal and social policy. It is especially appropriate for those planning to enter law school.
- 30 credit hours in Economics, including ECON 1311, 1312, 2301, 3325, 3326, and 3339. (MATH 1320 or 3335* may be substituted for ECON 2301.)
- ECON 3330 or 3335 or 3356.
- Three courses, approved by the adviser, from departments other than Economics:
- A course stressing the case method of legal instruction (e.g., BUSN 3302, PLSI 3351);
- An appropriate course in logic, writing, or speech communication (e.g., ENGL 3314, HCOM 1333, PHIL 1341);
- A course that views the law from a perspective other than that of economics (e.g., PHIL 3453).
Recommended: Math 1311
D. Concentration in Economics and Business
This concentration is a liberal arts curriculum designed for students planning to enter graduate schools of business administration. In addition to a solid grounding in Economics, this concentration provides an introduction to many of the basic business subjects that students will encounter in MBA programs.
- 30 credit hours in Economics, including:
- ECON 1311, 1312, 2301, 3325, and 3326 (MATH 1320 or 3335* may be substituted for ECON 2301);
- ECON 3329 or 3362;
- ECON 3335 or 3328 or 3356;
- ECON 3347 or 3348 or 3361.
- 18 credit hours outside Economics, including:
ACCT 1301, BUSN 3302, BAT 2302, MKTG 2301, FNCE 3301, and MGMT 2301.
Recommended: MATH 1311 and MATH 1312.
E. Concentration in International Economics
The focus of this concentration is the analysis of two general phenomena: a) economic transactions across international borders, and b) the role of international institutions in shaping international economic life. Besides a firm basis in economic theory, international economics provides an ideal analytical framework for those students interested in any area of international and comparative studies.
A. 33 credit hours in Economics, including:
1. ECON 1311, 1312, 2301, 3325, 3326, 3347, and 3348. (MATH 1320 or 3335* may be substituted for ECON 2301.)
2. ECON 3340 or 3341 or 3342 or 3343 or 3361.
B. Three upper division credit hours in a modern foreign language.
C. Two courses, approved by the adviser, that emphasize current sociopolictical aspects of:
- A foreign country;
- A group of foreign countries; and/or
- The relations between several countries or areas of the world.
Recommended: MATH 1311.
F. Concentration in Economics and Public Policy
This concentration emphasizes the application of economic analysis to the design and implementation of public policy. It is especially appropriate for students intending to pursue careers and/or graduate study in public policy or public administration.
A. 33 credit hours of Economics including:
- ECON 1311, 1312, 2320, 3323, 3325, 3326, and 3330 (MATH 1320 or 3335* may be substituted for ECON 2320);
- Two of ECON 3334, 3335, 3328, and 3339 (with approval of the adviser, ECON 3340 or 3347 may be subsituted for one of these).
B. A course taught by the case method of instruction (e.g., BUSN 3302, PLSI 3351) .
C. Two courses that examine the analysis of implementation of public policy from a perspective other than that of economics (e.g., HCAD 3350, PLSI 3413, URBS 3336/PLSI 3316).
D. PLSI 1301.
Recommended (strongly recommended for students planning on advanced degree in public policy/ public administration): MATH 1311, MATH 1312, ECON 3334, and ECON 4370.
Prospective majors should note that the Department has requirements for admission to the major. Full acceptance will be granted when the student has completed both Principles courses (ECON 1311 and 1312) with an average grade of C or better. Successful completion of the major also requires at least a C average across the four Principles and Intermediate Theory courses (ECON 1311, 1312, 3325, and 3326).
* Students intending to use MATH 3335 to fulfill this requirement should note that MATH 1311, 1312, 2321, and 3334 are prerequisites for that course.
II. University requirements:
Completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 120 credit hours.
Students who wish to explore Economics in some depth but whose primary interests lie elsewhere may choose a minor in Economics. The minor requires 18 credit hours of Economics, including ECON 1311, 1312, and either 3325 or 3326. At least half the 18 credit hours must be in upper division courses, and at least nine credit hours must be taken at Trinity. None of the courses used to satisfy these requirements may be taken Pass/Fail.
Honors in Economics
The Economics Department offers an honors thesis option to its majors. Candidates must have a 3.5 grade point average in economics, approval by a majority of the economics faculty and permission of the faculty member directing the thesis. The six hours for the thesis must be in addition to the hours required for the major. Please see the Chair of the Department for further details.