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College of Arts & Sciences

Economics (A&S)


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The Economics major pairs a strong grounding in business with economics. Majors learn about accounting, finance and management while discovering how to forecast general economic conditions, estimate trends, analyze data, and use economic theory to help their organization operate more efficiently.  


Grow Your Future

Economics is a social science and as such an important component of the liberal arts curriculum.  It provides a useful background for students interested in exciting and rewarding careers in private business, consulting, government, financial service institutions and numerous other sectors. Economics majors are also well-suited for graduate programs including MBA and MPA programs, and law schools.

Career opportunities in Economics

  • Economic Forecaster
  • Researcher/Analyst for government agencies
  • Teaching in public schools or higher education
  • Legal consultant

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Economics (BA) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • Economics Calculus Options4
    • Total15
Spring Semester

    The study of the allocation of scarce resources from the viewpoint of individual economic units. Topics include household and firm behavior, competitive pricing of goods and resources, and monopoly power.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • Economics Calculus (or Elective)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

    A study of how society’s needs are satisfied with the limited resources available. Topics include contemporary issues such as inflation, unemployment, economic growth, international dependencies, and how public policy deals with them. A critical understanding of the U.S. and global economies will enhance your value as a manager or executive of a business (whether for-profit or non-profit), as a family member dealing with jobs and financial decisions, and as a voter in a democracy. The course will allow you to become knowledgeable of, and able to critically think about, the major macroeconomic issues of unemployment, jobs, recessions, economic growth, inflation, deflation, oil prices, monetary policy, the Federal Reserve, fiscal policy, budget deficits, the national debt, international trade, international finance, and the financial system.

  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • Foreign Language 2013
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
    • Total16
Spring Semester

    Introduction to principles of statistics with emphasis on conceptual understanding. Students will articulate results of statistical description of sample data (including bivariate), application of probability distributions, confidence interval estimation and hypothesis testing to demonstrate properly contextualized analysis of real-world data.

  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • Foreign Language 2023
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester

    A survey of statistical techniques relevant to modern economics and business, with major emphasis on correlation and regression, Bayesian decision theory, index numbers, time series analysis, and forecasting models.


    An analysis of the behavior of consumers and firms, price determination, various market structures, and income distribution. Prereq: ECO 201 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher and ECO 202 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher.

  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • Course Outside Economics (200+ level)3
  • Course Outside Economics (300+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester

    National income concepts, the determination of aggregate income and employment, the theory of money and inflation and problems of economic growth. Prereq: ECO 202 or equivalent and ECO 401 taken previously or permission of instructor.

  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • Course Outside Economics (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Economics (300+ level)3
  • Economics Course (300+ level)0
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Economics Course (300+ level)0
  • Economics Course (300+ level)0
  • Economics Course (300+ level)0
  • Course Outside Economics (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester

    Readings, research and discussion in a seminar format to illuminate problems of historical and contemporary interest in areas of special faculty competence. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits, but may not be repeated under the same subtitle. Will be limited to a maximum of 15 students. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
  • Economics Course (300+ level)0
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

Economics majors explore theoretical and applied courses in diverse areas including microeconomics, macroeconomics, labor, money and banking, international economics, public economics, and industrial organization. Students pursue these interests within the framework of a liberal arts education.

Graduation Requirements

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the major requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Arts and Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

UK Core Requirements

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical and Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Total Credit Hours - 30

Premajor Requirements 

  • MA 113 - Calculus I or MA 123 - Elementary Calculus and its Applications and MA 162 - Finite Mathematics and its Applications [4-7 Hours]
  • ECO 201 - Principles of Economics I [3 hours]
  • ECO 202 - Principles of Economics II [3 hours]
  • STA 291 - Statistical Methods [3 hours]

Total Hours - 13-16

Major Requirements 

Core Requirements

  • ECO 391 - Economics and Business Statistics [3 hours]
  • ECO 401 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory [3 hours]
  • ECO 402 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory [3 hours]
  • ECO 499 - Seminar in Economics [3 hours]

Other Course Work within the Department

  • Choose 9-15 hours of 300+ level Economics courses [9-15 hours]

Course Work Outside the Department

  • Choose 15-21 hours outside Economics at the 200+ level, with at least 6 hours in two different departments. These courses are generally chosen from the following departments: Anthropology, Computer Science, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, or other courses offered by the College of Business and Economics. 200+ level courses used to satisfy College Requirements can be counted here [15-21 hours]

Total Hours - 42

Economics B.A. Four Year Plan

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Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services by collecting and analyzing data, researching trends, and evaluating economic issues.

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Work Environment

Although the majority of economists work independently in an office, some collaborate with other economists and statisticians. Most economists work full time during regular business hours, but occasionally they work overtime to meet deadlines.

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  • Statisticians
  • Survey Researchers

A&S Undecided/Exploratory Studies

Understanding that over 70 percent of university students will change their declared major at least once during their college careers, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed an Exploratory Studies program for students who have yet to decide the specific field of study that most closely aligns both their personal interests and their professional career goals and objectives. The Exploratory Studies Program provides students with an extraordinarily diverse educational environment that includes coursework spanning Math and Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences and provides students with the unique opportunity to explore multiple areas of interest during their first several semesters on campus. For more information please contact a recruiting representative at 

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