BA in Economics


CAS EC 101 and EC 102.

Principal Courses

Minimum requirement:

  • Nine courses with grades of C or higher, three of which must be CAS EC 201 (formerly EC 303) Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis, EC 202 (formerly EC 304) Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis, and EC 305 Economic Statistics or EC 203 Empirical Economics.
  • CAS EC 201, 202, and EC 305 (or EC 203) should be taken before the senior year.
  • SMG SM 221 Statistical and Economic Decision Making I or CAS MA 214 Applied Statistics is an acceptable substitute for CAS EC 305 (or EC 203).
  • CAS MA 213 Basic Statistics and Probability is a prerequisite for MA 214.
  • Students choose the remaining six principal courses from CAS EC 320 through EC 699.

Additional notes:

  • All 500-level and above economics courses are graduate-level courses. Special permission from the instructor is required for undergraduates wishing to take these courses.
  • No course taken at another institution after matriculation in the College of Arts & Sciences may normally be transferred toward the principal courses required for completion of the economics major.
  • Petitions for approval of transfer courses must be submitted in writing to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics, Professor Todd Idson. Students may get the needed transfer credit request forms from Debbie Kasabian in Room 444 in the Economics Department (270 Bay State Road). A copy of the course syllabus, plus the contents page of the main text book, must be included with the application.
  • Metropolitan College courses are considered transfer courses. Departmental approval of transfer courses is required.

Related Courses

Students choosing economics as their major are required to demonstrate a proficiency in calculus by completing any of the following with a grade of C or higher: CAS MA 121, 122, 123, 124, 127, or 129 or by achieving at least a 3 on the appropriate calculus Advanced Placement examinations.

Honors in the Major

Students may earn the distinction of departmental honors by achieving a 3.5 or greater GPA in their economics courses (including required mathematics and statistics classes) and successfully completing the two-term honors thesis classes CAS EC 401 and EC 402 (students may count these classes as fulfilling two of the required six electives in the major). The CAS EC 401/402 sequence culminates in a thesis (written under the supervision of an Economics Department faculty member) and oral defense of the thesis before a committee of three faculty in April. Students are strongly urged to complete CAS EC 204 or EC 414 before enrolling in CAS EC 401. Qualified students who are interested in writing a thesis should contact Professor Todd Idson, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Economics Department, no later than the second semester of their junior year.