Jul 19, 2018  
2012-2013 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Economics Major

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Students who wish to pursue a professional career in economics should plan to attend graduate school. For admission to graduate programs in economics students should follow the curriculum of the honors major in economics and should discuss their plans with faculty advisors.

To transfer to the economics major, a student already enrolled at UMass Dartmouth in another major (or undeclared) must first complete ECO 231, Principles of Microeconomics; and ECO 232, Principles of Macroeconomics, and receive a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in these two courses with have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.



  • One 100-level ECO course (optional) - 0-3 credits
    See footnote * below

Introductory level major requirements

Upper-level electives

  • 15 credits of 300- or 400-level ECO courses
    See footnote * below

Research course requirements

  • Two 400-level ECO courses - 6 credits
    See footnote ** below

Total credits: 36


* Majors are encouraged to take a 100-level Economics course during their freshman or sophomore year; however, Economics majors may not take any 100-level Economics course for credit toward the major after completing any 300 or 400-level Economics course. In this case, an additional 300-level or 400-level course is required, for a total of 15 credits at the 300 or 400-level. In either case, a total of 36 credits is required in Economics courses.

** Research courses require a research paper. All 400-level courses in Economics require a research paper. Under some circumstances, students may be allowed to use a 300-level course toward this requirement if the course includes a requirement of a major research paper. Please see the Department Chair if you have questions.

Students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 in courses required for the Economics major.

University Studies Requirements

In addition to the requirements in the major, students will be required to complete the University Studies requirements. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/generaleducation/universitystudies/universitystudiescurriculum/.

Program Outcomes

Economics majors are expected to acquire the following knowledge and skills in completing the economics major:

  • economic analysis (micro and macro)
  • quantitative methods (3 credits in MTH and in ECO 332, Economic Statistics)
  • applications of economic analysis (300- and 400- level ECO courses)
  • skills: critical thinking, written communication, oral communication, research methods, and applications of computing and information technology in economics.

Economics Honors Program

Honors Major requirements are the same as specified for the regular Economics major, except that:

Students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.200 in courses required for the Economics Honors major; and the following courses must be included as 9 of the credits among the Upper-level electives:

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