Jun 24, 2024  
Spring 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
Spring 2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, B.A.

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Economics focuses on how people choose to use resources when faced with competing uses for them. The analysis can be directed to individuals and how time and income are spent, or to society and how it allocates scarce resources. For society, issues of unemployment, inflation, and growth are also focal points of the analysis. Economics majors gain strong analytical skills and the ability to critically evaluate alternatives. Communication skills are also stressed. These skills translate into entry-level positions in business or provide a foundation for law school, an M.B.A., or graduate school. The department also offers a master of arts in economics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in economics are expected to:

  • Demonstrate a command of basic characteristics of the American and global economy by using this knowledge to critically evaluate economic outcomes;
  • Demonstrate a command of basic economic theory by using this theory to make predictions and to analyze alternative economic policy options;
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate in both oral and written forms by presenting arguments and evidence clearly and concisely;
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in and understand moral reasoning with respect to economic issues by recognizing the implicit value conflicts present in all economic policy debates;
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in problem solving, using basic economic theory;
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in critical thinking as a part of the analysis of economic problems.

All economics majors must satisfy a written and oral communications requirement in economics. Certification by an economics faculty member is required. Details are available in the department office.

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements

Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
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   Quantitative Literacy
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Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
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   _____________________________    ________    

   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
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   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

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   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                    

University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120 - Seminar in Research Writing                                   

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

Arts & Sciences Requirements (WLC)

World Languages and Cultures (_____ yrs of HS_______) 

Consult the Undergraduate Catalog or the Arts and Sciences Student Handbook regarding approved course options in the different language and culture areas. 
​   ________1010_________________    ________ 
​   ________1020_________________    ________ 
​   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 

Lab Science  

   _____________________________    ________ 

Multidisciplinary Component

Select from approved offerings, in consultation with an advisor and a faculty mentor. Four courses total, each with a different subject prefix. At least two courses at 3000/4000 level. Courses applied to the Arts & Sciences MDC may not be used to fulfill other Arts and Sciences degree requirements, nor may they be used to fulfill major, minor, BGP or other program requirements.   
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Total Hours: 30

*ECON 2000  may be substituted for ECON 2020  or ECON 2030  with consent of Faculty Adviser or Department Chair.

Economics Electives

(15 Hours)

Minor Requirements

(Usually 20 Hours; No Courses in ECON May Be Used.)

Electives and Non-Credit Courses


Students must also satisfy a written and oral communications requirement. Certification by an economics faculty member that the requirement has been met is required. Details available in the economics department office.

For Graduation You Will Need:

  1. 122 credit hours minimum.
  2. Minimum GPA 2.00.
  3. At least 30 credit hours of BGSU course work.
  4. 40 credit hours at the 3000/4000 level.
  5. Completion of all degree requirements, including the BG Perspective Core.
  6. A major, and if required, a minor, specialization or emphasis.

Any substitution or waiver of courses required for your major or minor program must originate in the department/school offering the major or minor and must be approved by the College Office.

To ensure a timely graduation, see a College Advisor during the semester prior to your intended graduation.

Remember to complete an Application for Graduation by the end of the second week of classes during the fall semester or spring regular session, or by the end of the first week of the summer semester. For the specific dates, check your DARS. You may log onto MyBGSU to complete the online application. After the deadlines, you will need to complete an application in person in the College Office.

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