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Maxwell / Department of Economics

Undergraduate Program

B.A. Economic Degree Requirements (as of 8/15)

  1. Satisfy the Quantitative Skills requirement of the Arts & Sciences Liberal Arts core and do so before taking ECN 301 and ECN 302.
  2. Satisfy Principles with ECN 203 or equivalent sequence*
  3. Complete ECN 301 (or ECN 311) and ECN 302, and ECN 422
  4. 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 Core

The department faculty recommends that Arts and Sciences students take MAT 194 and MAT 284 or higher calculus levels to satisfy their Quantitative Skills requirement in the Arts & Sciences Core. In addition any MAT course above 230 will also satisfy three of the twelve credits needed to fulfill the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Divisional Perspectives of the Arts and Sciences Core. 

 MAT 284 cannot be used to satisfy both the quantitative skills requirement and the divisional perspectives requirement. 

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.

Intermediate Microeconomics

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. 

Upper-Division Electives

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.

Course Substitution

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. 

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.

Transfer Credit

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.