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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics Honors

The Bachelor of Science (BA) in Economics Honors degree 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. This honors degree program is intended for students who have excelled in the classroom and are willing to put in the additional effort required to complete the honors degree. In addition to all the requirements of the Economics BA, the honors program requires students to take additional math, statistics, econometrics, and complete an honors thesis. This prepares students for graduate school or careers in economic consulting or data analysis. The Senior Honors Thesis course is limited to 10 students and allows the student to investigate, in depth, an economic issue of the student's choosing while under the supervision of a member of the Economics faculty.

Economics BA Honors Plan of Study

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  • 2015 Econ BA-Honors Plan of Study [view as PDF]

Beering Hall

College of Liberal Arts
Beering Hall


Course Requirements (beginning Fall 2015)

Economics Admission Index (EAI) Courses Credits Semester
First-Year Composition: ENGL 10600 or ENGL 10800 3 - 4 1
Fundamentals of Speech Communication: COM 11400 3 2
Microeconomics: ECON 25100 3 1
Macroeconomics: ECON 25200 3 2
Calculus I: MA 16010 or MA 16100 or MA 16500 4 - 5 1
Organizational Computing: CS 23500 3 3
Foundations Courses Credits Semester
Calculus II: MA 16020 or MA 16200 or MA 16600 4 - 5 2
Statistical Methods: STAT 35000 or STAT 51100 or [STAT 22500 & MGMT 30500] 3 - 6 3
Business Writing: ENGL 42000 3 4
Economics Upper Division Required Courses Credits Semester
Intermediate Microeconomics: ECON 34000 or ECON 51100 3 3
Intermediate Macroeconomics: ECON 35200 or ECON 51200 3 4
Econometrics: ECON 36000 or ECON 56200 3 4
Senior Honors Thesis: ECON 49900 3 7
Economics Upper Division Required Courses Credits Semester
any 4 upper-division ECON courses: ECON 36100, ECON 37000, ECON 38000, ECON 38500, ECON 42200, ECON 45100, ECON 46100, ECON 46600, ECON 47100 12 5-8
Required Liberal Arts Minor
Credits Semester
Complete a Liberal Arts Minor (or Major) 9-12 5-8


Additional Information

  • Students must also complete the university core curriculum, the liberal arts core curriculum, and enough elective courses to equal at least 120 credits.
  • Economics Honors requires a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and a Economics GPA of at least 3.5.
  • ECON courses numbered 30000 or higher can only be taken after being admitted to Upper Division.
  • Transfer credit for upper-level 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 graduate work in economics or a related field should take additional mathematics and statistics courses and consider completing a minor/major in either or both. These course are highly recommended: MA 301, MA 341, MA 440, MA 366, STAT 416/516, and STAT 420/520.
  • Once you have completed ECON 25100 & 25200 you should quickly complete the three core econ course (ECON 34000/51100, ECON 35200/51200, and ECON 36000/56200). After completing these courses, consider applying for an undergraduate teaching assistantship. Working as an undergraduate TA sometimes leads to research assistant opportunities.
  • If you maintain a high GPA into your junior year, consider applying for prestigious scholarships including: Fulbright Fellowship, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, National Science Foundation Fellowship, Marshall Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Beinecke Scholarship, British Chevening Scholarship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, and Gates Cambridge Scholarship.