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Joint Major

A joint major is one way for a student to broaden the scope of his/her undergraduate education.  There are two structured joint majors, Economics & Mathematics, and Economics & Geography.

A student may propose a new joint major.  It must involve completion of approximately two-thirds of the normal economics requirement.  Students in joint major programs are eligible for Honors nominations on the same terms as other majors in Economics.  Joint majors must be between programs leading to the same degree.  For example, a student may not have a joint major between Economics (B.A.) and Business Administration (B.S.).  Moreover, the joint major must be with a field that is complementary to economics.  The Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics shall determine whether the proposed joint major is appropriate.  Additional requirements will be imposed by the other department involved in the joint major.

TO ENTER SUCH PROGRAMS, STUDENTS MUST APPLY TO BOTH DEPARTMENTS. THEY SHOULD ALSO CONSULT THE DIRECTORS OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES IN BOTH DEPARTMENTS TO CONFIRM THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS.

Normal Joint Major Requirement in Economics (B.A.)

(Additional requirements will be imposed by the other department involved in the joint major)

Normal Joint Programs in Economics (B.A) Program Credits
Prerequisites MTH 121-122 or
MTH 141-142 or
MTH 131 & 122 or
MTH 131 & MTH 142
 
Required Courses ECO 405 Microeconomics Theory 3
ECO 407 Macroeconomic Theory 3
ECO 480 Econometrics I 4
Economics Upper-Level Electives Two (2) additional Economics courses at the 300 level or above, excluding ECO 495, 496, 498, and 499.

ECO 406 is required to graduate with Honors in Economics and can be used as an upper level elective course.

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Other Economics Electives May include upper or lower level courses 6
Permitted Substitution for Required Courses Required Course: ECO 480
Acceptable substitutes:
MTH 411 & 412 or
GEO 410 & 411 or
EAS 305
 
Total B.A. Credits   22

 

Economics – Mathematics Joint Major (B.A.)

For acceptance into the Economics-Mathematics B.A. program, students need a GPA of at least 2.5 in MTH 141, MTH 142, MTH 241 and in their economics courses.  Separate applications should be submitted to both the Economics Department and the Mathematics Department.  To obtain the B. A. degree in Economics-Mathematics, students must achieve at least a 2.0 GPA overall and a 2.0 GPA in the program listed below, and fulfill all university requirements.

Students should consult their advisor in each department concerning 400-level courses.  Exceptions to the curriculum may be allowed through consultation with the appropriate department.

  Economics – Mathematics Joint Major (B.A.) Program Credits
Required Economics Courses ECO 405 Microeconomic Theory 3
ECO 407 Macroeconomic Theory 3
Economics Upper-Level Electives Two additional Economics courses at the

300-level or above, except ECO 480, ECO 481, ECO 495, 496, 498, and 499.

ECO 406 is required to graduate with Honors in Economics and can be used as an upper level elective course.

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Required Mathematics Courses MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
MTH 309 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MTH 311 Introduction to Higher Mathematics

MTH 411 Probability Theory
MTH 412 Introduction to Statistical Inference
MTH 419 Introduction to Algebra I
MTH 431 Introduction to Real Variables 1

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Required Mathematics Electives One (1) 300/400 level Mathematics course except MTH 417. Students should contact the Mathematics Department to check the continued applicability of Mathematics requirements. 3-4
Total B.A. Credits 15 courses in Economics and Mathematics 58-61

 

Economics – Geography Joint Major (B.A.)

One purpose of the joint major in Economics-Geography is to provide flexibility for students who intend to pursue graduate studies in subjects such as Economics, Geography, Regional Science, and Regional and Urban Planning.

 

Students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative average for admission to the program.  To obtain the B.A. in Economics-Geography, a student must achieve at least a 2.0 GPA in the course of study listed below and an overall GPA of at least 2.0, and fulfill all University requirements.

  Economics – Geography Joint Major (B.A.) Program Credits
Prerequisites MTH 141 College Calculus 1
MTH 142 College Calculus 2
 
Required Economics Courses ECO 405 Microeconomics Theory 3
ECO 407 Macroeconomic Theory 3
Economics Upper-Level Electives Two additional Economics courses at the 300-level or above, except ECO 480, ECO 495, 496, 498, and 499.

ECO 406 is required to graduate with Honors in Economics and can be used as an upper level elective course.

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Required Mathematics Courses MTH 411 Probability Theory 4
MTH 412 Introduction to Statistical Inference 4
It is highly recommended that students also take:
MTH 241 College Calculus 3 and
MTH 309 Introduction to Linear Algebra
 
Required Geography Courses GEO 103 Geography of Economic Systems 3
GEO 330 Dynamics of International Business 3
GEO 366 Urban Geography or GEO 367 Urban Social Geography 3
Geography Electives Two (2) courses at the 300 or 400 level in the Urban and Regional Analysis area. 6-8
Total B.A. Credits   35-37