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Economics Major

Economics is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services and aims to explain how economies work. Economics students learn how to think critically, solve problems, work with numbers, and a variety of other skills. Students pursuing economics gain valuable research experience that prepares them for graduate school or various careers in business. The coursework in the program also provides a strong grounding in economic theory, which helps open career opportunities that involve policy analysis.

The economics major features a flexible course schedule, making it a great option for students wishing to earn a dual major. Economics is a popular dual major for finance and accounting majors because of the added theoretical and analytical dimension that advanced studies in economics contributes.

Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

A dual major in accounting and economics is also available. Students meeting the requirements for the dual major can receive a BA or a BS. Information about this degree is found in the USU catalog.

Emphasis Options:

An emphasis is not required.

  • Economic Theory: This emphasis prepares students to work directly after graduation or to pursue graduate study in economics, agricultural economics, quantitative economic analysis, or other related research degrees. Students with this emphasis often become economists involved with policy analysis for governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Managerial Economics: This emphasis is for students planning for careers in business; it is useful for students planning to enter the job market upon graduation or as excellent preparation for students who intend to pursue a master of business administration (MBA) or master of public administration (MPA).
  • Prelaw Economics: This emphasis is for students who plan to attend law school or pursue a career related to political science. The large number of elective credits included in this emphasis area provides enough flexibility for students to custom design their program of study to meet individual interests and educational goals. Several students have taken advantage of this flexibility to design a dual major in political science.
  • International Economics and Trade: This emphasis was created because of the increased globalization and interdependence among countries. Students focus on managerial and leadership skills and on enhancing competency in navigating the global economy through focused training in the areas of international economics and trade.

Available at the following Locations:

  • Logan Main Campus (Economics Major and Emphasis Options)
  • Online (Economics Major Only)

With a degree in economics, students may pursue the following careers:

  • Loan officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Credit manager
  • Financial officer
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Claims adjuster
  • Actuary
  • Financial planner
  • Risk manager
  • Asset management
  • Appraiser
  • Economic consultant
  • Economic loss specialist
  • Statistical analyst
  • Management trainee
  • Trade specialist
  • Trust officer

Available at the following Locations:

  • Logan Main Campus (Economics Major and Emphasis Options)
  • Online (Economics Major Only)

Emphasis Options

An emphasis is not required.

Emphasis Option Requirements

Economics Major Requirement Introduction

  • Students must be formally admitted to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
  • Students may complete up to 15 USU Huntsman School of Business required credits numbered 2000 and above including transfer credits prior to formal admittance to the Huntsman School.
  • Students transferring more than 15 acceptable credits must receive Huntsman School admittance prior to completing further Huntsman School required courses.
  • Huntsman School applications are processed every semester. Applications must be received by December 1 for Spring, April 1 for Summer, and July 1 for Fall.
  • Minimum grade requirement for MIS 2200 and ENGL 2010 will be applied and based on admission time period.
  • In order to register for 3000-, 4000- and 5000-level courses in the Huntsman School, a 2.67 overall GPA is required.
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 credits numbered 3000 or above.
  • A 2.50 GPA in core and major courses is required for graduation.
  • For semester availability and prerequisites, see the USU general catalog.
  • All Utah State University graduation requirements must be met. Check USU catalog for more information regarding requirements.
  • It is strongly recommended that graduation applications be completed two semesters prior to graduation. http://www.usu.edu/registrar/htm/graduation.

USU Requirements

Total Credits 120
C- or better credits 100
Upper Division 40
USU residency credits 30

University Studies Requirements

Competency Requirements

Communications Literacy (CL)

 
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1) 3
(or AP English or ACT English ≥29 or CLEP)  
ENGL 2010* Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2) 3

Quantitative Literacy (QL)

 
 MATH 1050 College Algebra (QL) 4
(or one course in Math or Stats requiring Math 1050 as a prerequisite or AP Calculus score of 3 or better)  

* This course must be completed with a C grade or higher.

Breadth Requirements

Select at least one approved course from each of the following six categories. (A maximum of 4 CLEP or AP areas may be used.) Approved courses can be found in the USU catalog, the semester schedule book, and online at http://www.usu.edu/universitystudies/requirements.html

American Inst.   ECN 1500 3
Creative Arts USU 1330 or Approved Course 3
Humanities USU 1320 or Approved Course   3
Life Sciences USU 1350 or Approved Course   3
Physical Sciences USU 1360 or Approved Course   3
Social Science ECN 2010 3
Exploration Credit STAT 2300 (QL)* 4
Exploration Credit Approved Course 3

* This course must be completed with a C grade or higher.

Required Depth Courses (Two courses outside discipline)

3000+ Level Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) Approved Course 2-3
3000+ Level Life and Physical Science (DSC) Approved Course 3

Communications Intensive (Two Courses)

MIS 3200 Business Communication 3
Approved Course 3

Quantitative Intensive (One course which is part of major)

FIN 3400 Corporate Finance 3

Economics Major Requirements

Required Courses 32 Credits

Students will need to complete additional course work to complete 120 credits, the minimum needed in order to graduate.  

ECN 1500 Econ Institutions (F, Sp, Su) 3
ECN 2010 Intro to Microeconomics (F, Sp, Su) 3
ECN 5330 Applied Econometrics 3
STAT 2300 or 2000 Business Statistics (QL) (F, Sp, Su) 3
Choose one course from the following two options:
ECN 3010 Managerial Economics (DSS) (F, Sp) 3
ECN 4010 Intermediate Microeconomics (F,Sp) 3
Choose one course from the following two options:  
ECN 4020 Intermediate Macroeconomics (F, Sp, Su)   3
ECN 5020 Macroeconomic Theory (Sp)   3
Choose one course from the following two options:  
MATH 1100 Calculus Techniquest (QL) (F, Sp, Su) 3
MATH 1210 Calculus I (QL) (F, Sp, Su) 3
Upper Division Electives (6 credits—see approved courses below)
ECN ____ Approved ECN elec  
ECN ____ Approved ECN elec  

Approved Elective Courses

Courses Available Spring Semester
ECN 3170 Law and Economics 3
ECN 3400 Intro to Global Economics 3
ECN 5100 History of Economic Thought 3
ECN 5110 Econ. History of the US 3
ECN 5150 Comparative Economic Systems (CI/DSS) 3
ECN 5200 Money and Banking 3
ECN 5310 Mathematical Methods for Economics and Finance II (QI) 3
ECN 5600 Financial Economics 3
ECN 5900 Labor Economics 3
ECN 5950 Economic Research & Methods (QI)  
Courses Available Summer Semester
ECN 5100 Hisotry of Economic Thought Online 3
Courses Available Fall Semester
ECN 3400 Intro to Global Economics 3
ECN 4310 Mathematical Methods in Economics and Finance I (QI) 3
ECN 5000 Advanced Macroeconic Topic 3
ECN 5150 Comparative Economic System (CI/DSS) 3
ECN 5200 Money and Banking 3
ECN 5300 Industrial Organization-Game Theory 3
ECN 5400 International Trade Theory 3
ECN 5500 Public Finance (CI) 3
ECN 5800 Topics in Applied Microeconomics 3

Note:

  • All courses in the major must have minimum grade of a C.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major is required for graduation.
  • ***Check Catalog for semester availability for all courses***

The economics major is a popular dual major for students, particularly in the College of Business.  For example, finance majors often choose economics as a second major due to complementarities in subject matter and degree requirements.

Advisor Contact Info

Logan Advising

Advisor: Isela Phelps
Office: Business 309
Phone Number: 435.797.2272
Email: isela.phelps@usu.edu

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Advisor: Mark Winkel
Office: Business 110
Phone Number: 435.797.2272
Email: mark.winkel@usu.edu

or

Advisor: Jin Li
Office: Business 110
Phone Number: 435.797.2272
Email: jin.li@usu.edu

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Online Advising

Advisor: Ruth Harrison
Office: Business 309
Phone Number: 435.797.2272
Email: ruth.harrison@usu.edu

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