Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The major in economics exposes a student to the economist's way of thinking about social problems and behavior. The major helps a student understand the economic aspect of current events and public policy and is good preparation for careers in law and business.

Pending approval, students who wish to earn a BA and an MA in Economics may do so in a combined 4+1 program. Students begin graduate study during their undergraduate program and are able to count some electives towards both degrees. This program is only open to students who will complete both degrees in a total of five years. See the Economics faculty advisor if you are considering this option.

The student honorary fraternity is Omicron Delta Epsilon. Along with the more general student organization, The Economics Society, it provides opportunities for students to network with other students and with practicing economists in learning more about economics and finding internships and employment opportunities.

There is also a Cooperative Education option. Through this program, students may earn income while gaining valuable work experience which can enhance their job market prospects upon graduation. By completing an academic research project under the guidance of a faculty member, Co-op students may earn credit for ECON 3581

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are ECON 3598 and one of the following: ECON 3596, ECON 3597, ECON 3696, ECON 3697.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language, these are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honors society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (37 credits):

Required Courses
ECON 1101Macroeconomic Principles 13
or ECON 1901 Honors Macroeconomic Principles
ECON 1102Microeconomic Principles 13
or ECON 1902 Honors Microeconomic Principles
STAT 2103Statistical Business Analytics4
ECON 3501Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis3
ECON 3502Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis3
ECON 3563International Trade3
or ECON 3564 International Monetary Economics
Writing-intensive elective
Select one of the following:3
Energy, Ecology, and Economy
Health Economics
Behavioral Economics
The Economics of Sports
Capstone Course
ECON 3598Economics Writing Seminar3
Major Electives
Three electives in Economics at the 3000 level or above9
One additional elective in Economics at the 3000+ level or related field. 23
Total Credit Hours37
1

These courses are prerequisites for most of the Economics 2000-3999 courses. Check specific course descriptions for details.

2

Course in Economics at the 3000+ level or course in the College of Liberal Arts at the 2000+ level related to the student's program in Economics. This course is to be chosen in consultation with an Economics faculty advisor.

  • Note: Students preparing for graduate study in economics or in an economics-related area are strongly encouraged to take ECON 3504 Mathematical Economics, ECON 3503 Introduction to Econometrics and courses in calculus and linear algebra in the Mathematics department.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
ECON 1101 or 1901Macroeconomic Principles3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
ECON 1102 or 1902Microeconomic Principles3
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society Course
 
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
ECON 3501Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
ECON 3502Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis3
STAT 2103Statistical Business Analytics4
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
Select one of the following:3
One 3000+ Economics Course
 
One 2000+ Approved CLA Elective
 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
One 3000+ Economics Elective3
One 2000+ CLA/CST Course3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
Select one of the following:3
International Trade 
International Monetary Economics 
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
One 3000+ Economics Elective3
CLA/CST 2000+ Elective3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
Select one of the following:3
Energy, Ecology, and Economy [WI] 
Health Economics [WI] 
Behavioral Economics [WI] 
The Economics of Sports [WI] 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
One 3000+ Economics Elective3
ECON 3598Economics Writing Seminar [WI] (Capstone)3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective2
One 0800+ Elective in Any School or College4
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123