Economics Departmental Information
Economic problems are central to modern society. Consequently, a broad understanding of the modern world requires some knowledge of economic systems. An individual's intelligent understanding of and participation in the solution of problems which face society is aided by an understanding of the point of view and techniques of analysis which have been developed by economists. The introductory courses (ECON 101 and 102) offered by the Department are designed to provide basic knowledge as well as to serve as a foundation for other courses in economics for students who wish to pursue the subject at an intermediate or advanced level. A major in Economics leads to a more detailed understanding of the modern economic world and provides a useful background for students seeking careers in law, business, government, journalism, and teaching. Students who wish to attain professional competence as economists in preparation for careers in research or in college or university teaching normally plan on graduate work in economics.
Special Departmental Policies
AP Credits. The Department of Economics does not give AP credit for ECON 101 or ECON 102. Whenever the department lists ECON 101 or ECON 102 as a prerequisites, the department does not accept AP credit as a substitute.
Students achieving a 4 or 5 on the AP Microeconomics exam receive 2 credits for ECON 101X, and students achieving a 4 or 5 on the AP Macroeconomics exam receive 2 credits for ECON 102X. As prerequisites for other courses in Economics and as prerequisites for the Economics major and minor, ECON 101X does not substitute for ECON 101, and ECON 102X does not substitute for ECON 102. Students receiving 2 credits for ECON 101X may take ECON 101 and receive 4 credits for ECON 101. Students who receive 2 credits for ECON 102X may take ECON 102 and receive 4 credits for ECON 102. Thus, anyone who intends to concentrate in economics, to minor in economics, or to take electives in economics at the 300 or 400 level should enroll in ECON 101 and/or ECON 102.
Students intending to apply to the BBA program should consult carefully the requirements of the Business School. As of this writing, the Business School does not accept ECON 101X as a substitute for ECON 101, and it does not accept ECON 102X as a substitute for ECON 102.
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