Program Learning Outcomes for Economics

  • Prepare students for employment in a variety of public and private organizations.
  • Prepare students for further study in graduate or professional schools.
  • Apply economic analysis to evaluate everyday decisions and policy proposals.
  • Propose viable solutions to practical problems in economics.
  • Use empirical evidence to support an economic argument.
  • Conduct statistical analyses of data, and interpret statistical results.
  • Communicate effectively in written, spoken and graphical form about economic issues.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Economics (120 units)

Lower Division Required 9-10
Upper Division Required 19
Required Emphasis 12-17
General Education 48
American Institutions 6
Free Electives 20-26
Total Units 120

Lower Division Requirements (9-10 units):

ECON 110 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 111 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

Select either:
MATH 140 Calculus for Business Applications (3)
MATH 150 Calculus I (4)

Upper Division Requirements (19 units):

ECON 310 Intermediate Microeconomics (3)
ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3)
ECON 488 Applied Managerial Econometrics (4)
ECON 496 Seminar in Economic Analysis (3)
ECON 499 Capstone (3)

Select either:
MATH 329 Statistics for Business and Economics (3)
MATH 352 Probability and Statistics (3)1


Economics majors are required to complete one of the following two emphases:

For all emphases, ECON 492 may not be taken to fulfill the requirements of the economics major. ECON 497 must be taken for 3 units in order to be applies to the major.

1.  International Economics Emphasis (17 units)

Lower Division - 8 units

A minimum of 2 courses in a foreign language or equivalent [for example, SPAN 101 (4) and 102 (4)].
Note: This requirement represents one additional course beyond the CI foreign language requirement.

Upper Division - 9 units

A minimum of 3 upper division courses in economics (or approved courses outside of economics) as follows:
Three courses from the following:
ECON 471 International Trade (3)
ECON 473 Economic Development (3)

Choose one of the Following:
ECON 370 The World Economy (3)
ECON 444 Values and Valuables (ANTH) (3)
ECON 472 International Macroeconomics (3)
POLS 328 United States Foreign Policy (3)
ECON 300, 492, and 497 may not be taken to meet the requirements of the economics major.

2. Managerial Economics Emphasis (12 units)

Upper Division - 12

A minimum of 4 upper division courses in economics (or approved courses outside of economics) as follows:
FIN 300 Business Finance (3)

Select either:
ECON 320 Money and Banking (3)
ECON 329 Managerial Economics (3)

Select either:
ECON 471 International Trade (3)
ECON 472 International Economics (3)

A minimum of one courses must be taken from cross-disciplinary courses offered by economics (ECON 330-349 and 430-449).

Note: Students selecting this emphasis must take either ECON 320 or 329, but may not take both courses for credit in the major.

Required Supporting and Other GE Courses (75-81 units)

General Education (48)
American Institutions (6)
Free Electives (21-27)

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