B.A. Economic Degree Requirements (as of 8/15)
- Satisfy the Quantitative Skills requirement of the Arts & Sciences Liberal Arts core and do so before taking ECN 301 and ECN 302.
- Satisfy Principles with ECN 203 or equivalent sequence*
- Complete ECN 301 (or ECN 311) and ECN 302, and ECN 422
- Complete five additional upper-division electives numbered 300 or higher, including two electives that have ECN 301 or ECN 302 as a prerequisite, excluding ECN 365, ECN 422, ECN 470, and ECN 521.
Note: ECN 310 Microeconomics for Business may NOT be taken for credit towards the major.
TOTAL: 24 Upper-division course credits and principles of economics. An overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required in the 24 upper-division course credits.
* Equivalent sequences include Advanced Placement credit and transfer credit for an introductory sequence. (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics)
Quantitative Skills of the Arts & Sciences Liberal Arts
The department faculty recommends that Arts and Sciences
students take MAT 194 and MAT 284 or MAT 285 or MAT 295 (or higher calculus
levels) to satisfy their Quantitative Skills requirement in the Arts &
Sciences Core. (Note that MAT 284 or MAT 285 or MAT 295 will also satisfy three
of the twelve credits needed to fulfill the Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Divisional Perspectives of the Arts and Sciences Core.) If you are interested
in being invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, please note that you must demonstrate
mastery of a foreign language to be eligible.
Principles of Economics
Students enter the major by completing ECN 203 Economic
Ideas and Issues. Advanced Placement courses and transfer credit for
introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics may also be used to
satisfy the principles of economics requirement.
ECN 311 Intermediate Mathematical Microeconomics is a more
mathematical version of the ECN 301 Intermediate Microeconomics course. ECN 311
is recommended for students who have done well in calculus and who like to work
with mathematical concepts. Credit toward the economics major can be given for
only one of these two courses.
An economics faculty major advisor is available to help you
select elective courses in economics that suit your academic interests and
career goals. ECN 365 The World Economy and ECN 470 Experience Credit may not
be used to satisfy economics major requirements. ECN 365 is designed for
non-majors. Students may use up to three credits of ECN 490 Independent Study
toward their major requirements. Students in the Economics Program of
Distinction may use ECN 495 and ECN 496 toward their major requirements.
Note: ECN 310 Microeconomics for Business may NOT be
taken for credit towards the economics major. However, all other special topics courses
numbered 310 or 410 can be taken for credit as an upper-division elective.
ECN 521 Economic Statistics will be allowed to count in lieu
of ECN 422 Introduction to Econometrics and Statistics to satisfy the B.A.
requirements. Students may not receive credit for both ECN 422 and ECN 521
towards the major.
Students enrolled in the School of Management (SOM) may
count MAS 261 and BUA 345 in place of ECN 422. Students will not receive credit
for both MAS 261-BUA 345 and ECN 422.
In addition, management students may use FIN 355 Money and
Banking (offered through SOM) as one of the 300-level upper-division electives for
the economics major (B.A. or B.S.). Non-Management students, however, should
take ECN 481 Money and Banking. Students may not receive credit for both ECN
481 and FIN 355 toward their economics major.
A student should submit a Petition to Faculty to count any
of the above substitutions towards the major.
This form can be found here.
The Economics Department applies a two-thirds rule to the
upper-division economics coursework. Two-thirds of the upper-division
coursework (ECN 301, ECN 302, ECN 421, and five upper-division electives) in
economics must be taken at Syracuse University or its affiliate programs, such
as the Syracuse University Abroad Program. In practical terms, no more than two
upper-division economics courses can be taken in transfer for the B.A. degree.