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The Department of Economics, Finance, and Legal Studies (EC)

The Department of Economics offers an undergraduate major and minor in economics through both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. Students in any college may pursue the minor in economics.

Economics Major (BA)

Department of Economics, Finance, and Legal Studies
200 Alston Hall
www.cba.ua.edu/econ/
economics@cba.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in economics must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the major throughout the entire higher education career.

Major courses. Students majoring in economics must successfully complete one of the following two tracks for a total of 30 semester hours:

Standard Track

CoursesHours
EC 110*3
EC 111*3
EC 308*3
EC 309*3
EC electives 300 or 400 level6
EC electives12
Total30

*Students must complete EC 110, EC 111, EC 308, and EC 309 with a grade of “C-“ or higher.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The standard track requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:
CoursesHours
MATH 121, MATH 125, or MATH 1453–4
ST 2603

Quantitative Track

CoursesHours
EC 110*3
EC 111*3
EC 308*3
EC 309*3
EC 4133
EC 4713
EC electives12
Total30

*Students must complete EC 110, EC 111, EC 308, and EC 309 with a grade of “C-“ or higher.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The quantitative track requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:

CoursesHours
MATH 125 or MATH 1454
MATH 126 or MATH 1464
MATH 227 or MATH 2474
MATH 237 or 2573
MATH 3553
MATH 4513
ST 2603

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus

Required minor. This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. Students considering pursuing a doctoral degree in economics are urged to take the quantitative track and, if possible, also take MATH 486. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.

Special opportunities. The economics major in the College of Arts and Sciences participates in the University Scholars program which allows students to take graduate level classes while still an undergraduate. Up to 12 hours of graduate-level courses taken as a part of this program can be used to count towards both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in economics. Interested students should contact the major advisor for more information.

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