Jul 20, 2018
The Bachelor of Arts in Economics prepares students to pursue career opportunities in business, government, and the non-profit sector. Students also receive an excellent foundation for success in law school, Master degree programs in business administration (MBA), and graduate study in economics and other related areas.
Economics is divided into two primary, interrelated sub-disciplines: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Microeconomics studies how people, businesses, and government agencies use the scarce resources available to them (such as time, money, land, etc.) to achieve their objectives (such as earning income, making a profit, etc.). This involves the allocation of those resources among their different uses. Businesses and people make microeconomic decisions as they produce, sell and buy, and use the goods and services that people want or need. Macroeconomics studies the processes that determine the overall size of the economy, the factors that cause the economy to grow or shrink over time, and related problems like unemployment and inflation.
Students are encouraged to become involved in the Economics Club, a student-run organization that meets regularly to organize applications outside the classroom. Promising students are invited to join the Fed Challenge team, a student-team competition that competes with teams from other universities in a mock Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Students also have the opportunity to become members of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national economics honor society.
Students may also choose to pursue an Economics [BBA] in the College of Business
Economics, College of Arts & Sciences
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Major Requirements: 30 hours
Required Courses: 15 hours
Elective Courses: 12 hours
Although any 12 credit hours of 300-level or above electives in economics will complete the requirements for the major, students should choose courses related to the career path they wish to pursue. Inquire at the Department of Economics regarding suggested concentrations, suggested career paths and course selection.
Writing Intensive Course: 3 hours
Students must complete one of the following Writing Intensive courses:
This major requires a minor.
For a list of available minors, please see Academic Programs or contact your major advisor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.