Economics - BA

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Economics offers a strong liberal arts curriculum aimed at enhancing students’ analytical skills and applications to better understand human behavior. The degree plan is designed to allow opportunities for applied exploration of economic principles and theory through research, internship, and study abroad while focusing on quantitative skills and the development of rational thought and critical thinking. In addition to requiring four semesters of a college-level foreign language, the Bachelor of Arts degree plan encompasses a broad spectrum of coursework from throughout the College of Liberal Arts and Texas A&M University. By allowing for flexibility in courses that can be taken within the core curriculum, as well as for general electives, students can achieve a well-rounded education that can help with their future educational and professional goals.

To build a solid base of understanding, students take foundational courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and mathematics, then refine those skills in statistics and intermediate economic theory classes. In upper-level courses these reasoning abilities are applied to specific situations, with a particular focus on understanding social problems from an economics perspective. 

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics have a wide spectrum of career fields to choose from. Many students pursue careers in business, law, government and public policy professions, non-profit organizations and more.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences  
Calculus II for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics II  
Calculus II  
American history 3
Foreign language 1 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ECON 203 Principles of Economics 3
Select one of the following: 3
Business Calculus  
Calculus I for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Calculus I  
Foreign language 1 4
Government/Political science 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles 3
ECON 323 Microeconomic Theory 2 3
Foreign language 1 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Communication 3
Creative arts 3
Foreign language 1 3
Economics elective 4 3
Economics elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
ECMT 461 Economic Data Analysis 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Economics elective 4 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ECON 410 Macroeconomic Theory 3
American history 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Economics elective 4 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Economics elective 4 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Economics elective 4 3
Economics elective 4 3
General elective 3 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program. See your academic advisor for further information.

No more than 36 credits in economics and econometrics can be applied to this degree. A grade of C or higher is required for all Economics and Econometrics coursework.