Economics prepares students for careers as economic practitioners and researchers in the private sector, academia and government. To accomplish this mission, the economics program emphasizes the requisite skills in analytical reasoning and effective communication through a solid background in economic theory and quantitative techniques. The program also stresses the importance of ethical professionalism and social awareness. Our expectation is to produce young men with global leadership, who are innovative, research/policy oriented, socially aware and are sensitive to the issues of African American communities in the marketplace.
The economics program is designed to improve the ability of students to think critically and write and speak effectively regarding economic issues. These skills should be reflected in students’ increased abilities to do the following:
- Identify those processes and institutions both domestically and internationally through which productive activity is organized.
- Identify issues and problems where economic analysis can be appropriately applied.
- Determine the appropriate tools of analysis to apply to a given economic issue or problem.
- Adequately analyze an economic issue or problem and offer viable conclusions and recommendations.
Major Course of Study Requirement
The major in economics consists of three components, the college-wide general education curriculum (approximately 38 semester hours), the economics major curriculum (approximately 47 semester hours), and free electives (35 semester hours). Economics majors must complete general education courses, which include HMTH 105, 115, and 116. Students must also take 3-6 semester hours of writing, 3-12 semester hours of a modern foreign language, 3-6 semester hours of mathematics, three semester hours of arts and literature, two semester hours of health and wellness, six semester hours of ideas and ethics, 6-8 semester hours of scientific discovery, and six semester hours of society and culture. Students who place into higher-level math and English courses should consult their advisors.
Students in the math-track concentration are required to take five additional mathematics courses, HMTH 161, 162, 263, 271, and 321, and HPHY 154. Finally, all economics majors must complete HCOM 351 and HCSC 106 advanced skills courses. The completion of the following prerequisites with a grade of C or higher is required as follows: HMTH 105 or higher (excluding HMTH 110) to enroll in any ECO class, HMTH 161 to enroll in HECO 301, HECO 201 and 202 to enroll in any upper-level economics class, HECO 221 to enroll in HECO 321 and HECO 421, and HECO 301 and 302 to enroll in any 400-level course.