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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics is offered through the College of Liberal Arts. Economics is a mathematically rigorous and rewarding major which familiarizes students with the economic aspects of modern society and teaches them how to analyze economic problems and evaluate public policies. The course of study is cumulative as elective courses build on the skills learned in core courses. The flexibility of the major allows students the opportunity to explore other disciplines in the liberal arts. The major provides students with a logical structure and careful reasoning skills that are in high demand by private sector, not-for-profits, and government employers. While many Economics graduates ultimately seek a postgraduate degree in economics, business, finance, or law, most enter the labor market immediately after graduation. Our graduates tend to be very successful and in high demand.

Economics BA Plan of Study


Krannert School of Management Rawls Hall

College of Liberal Arts     Beering Hall 

Questions? Please Contact:

Coleen Williams
Academic Advisor - ECON BA Degree
College of Liberal Arts
Office: Beering 1114
Phone: 765-494-3670

Course Requirements

B.A., Economics (120 credits)

Pre-Economics Courses (15-17 credits)

  • ECON 25100 – Microeconomics
  • ECON 25200 - Macroeconomics
  • MA 16010 – Applied Calculus I or MA 16100 – Plane Analytic Geometry & Calculus I or MA 16500 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus
  • ENGL 10600 – First-Year Composition  or ENGL 10800 – Accelerated First-Year Composition or  SCLA 10100 – Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking, and Communication I: Antiquity to Modernity
  • COM 11400 – Fundamentals of Speech Comm or  COM 21700 – Science Writing and Presentation or EDPS 31500 - Collaborative Leadership: Interpersonal Skills or SCLA 10200 – Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking, and Communication II: Modern World
Economics Courses (6 credits) 
  • ECON 34000 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory or ECON 51100 – Intermediate Economics I
  • ECON 35200 – Intermediate Macroeconomics or ECON 51200 – Intermediate Economics II 
 Statistics Course (3 credits)
  • ECON 26000 – Data Visualization and Inference or STAT 35000 – Introduction to Statistics or STAT 51100 – Statistical Methods   

Economics Electives - choose 9 (27 credits)  Any ECON 30000,400000 or 50000 level (except ECON 51300, ECON 51400, ECON 51500)

Other Departmental Requirements (31-55 credits)

  • Core I: Disciplinary Diversity (6-18  credits)
  • Core II: Social Diversity (1-3 credits)
  • Core III: Linguistic Diversity (3-4 credits)
  • Foundational Requirements (21-30 credits) 
    • Humanities - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Humanities for core)
    • Behavioral/Social Science - ECON 25100 or ECON 25200 accepted. (fulfills Behavioral/Social Science for core)
    • Information Literacy - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Information Literacy for core)
    • Science #1 - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science for core)
    • Science #2 - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science for core)
    • Science, Technology, and Society - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science, Technology, Society for core)
    • Written Communication - ENGL 10600 or ENGL 10800 or SCLA 10100 accepted. (fulfills Written Communication for core)
    • Oral Communication - COM 11400 or COM 21700 or EDPS 31500 or SCLA 10200 accepted. (fulfills Oral Communication for core)
    • Quantitative Reasoning - MA 16010 or MA 16100 or MA 16600 accepted. (fulfills Quantitative Reasoning for core)

Electives (17-44 credits)

Additional Information

  • Students must complete enough elective courses to equal at least 120 credits.
  • ECON courses numbered 30000 or higher can only be taken after being admitted to Upper Division.
  • Transfer credit for upper-division ECON courses will only be considered if taken at a 4-year AACSB accredited school.
  • Courses taken on approved Purdue study abroad programs may be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  • Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in economics or related fields should consider the Economics BS Honors degree as it provides a better preparation.