BA in Economics

Program Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the economics major in Fairmount College and requires a minimum of 35 credit hours and a maximum of 39 credit hours in economics. MATH 144 or MATH 242 is required. Students who plan to major in economics should consult with the undergraduate advisor in the department of economics in the Barton School of Business. Enrollment in all upper-division economics classes requires junior standing and completion of all course prerequisites. Students in this major or minor must achieve a minimum 2.250 GPA. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students in the BA in economics must take the following required courses:

Course Title Hours
General Education
Select courses to meet General Education requirements 134-35
College Requirements
Select courses to complete all LAS Competency Areas 136
Major Requirements
MATH 144Business Calculus3-5
or MATH 242 Calculus I
ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 231Introductory Business Statistics3
Please select either the BADM course, or the PC course1-3
Business Software: Excel
Introduction to Computers and Applications
ECON 232Statistical Software Applications for Business 21
ECON 301Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 302Intermediate Microeconomics3
Select 15 credit hours in upper-division economics to be chosen in consultation with an undergraduate economics advisor; at least 9 credit hours in economics, with up to 6 credit hours outside the department, with advisor’s consent15
Open Electives
Select enough electives to reach 120 credit hours10-15
Total Credit Hours120

Required major courses may also count towards General Education and/or LAS Competencies. Students will need to select additional electives to reach 120 credit hours required for graduation with assistance from an advisor.


Prerequisite for ECON 232 is either, BADM 162 or PC 105.

Note: ECON 400, ECON 401 and ECON 481 may not be used in the economics major.

Applied Learning

Students in the BA in economics program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from this program. The requirement can be met by completing ECON 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics, which includes an applied research project.