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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

Econ BA Plan of Study [webpage]


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

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 3 - 5 1
Organizational Computing: CS 23500 3 2
Foundations Courses Credits Semester
Business Writing: ENGL 42000 3 5
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
Economics Upper Division Required Courses Credits Semester
any 6 upper-division ECON courses: ECON 32500, ECON 36000 or ECON 56200, ECON 36100, ECON 36200, ECON 36500, ECON 36700ECON 37000, ECON 37600ECON 38000, ECON 38500, ECON 39000ECON 42200, ECON 45100, ECON 45200, ECON 46100, ECON 46600, ECON 47100, ECON 48500, ECON 49900 18 5-8
Required Liberal Arts Minor
Credits Semester
Complete any Liberal Arts Minor (or Major) 9-15 4-8
College of Liberal Arts Core Curriculum Credits Semester
Other Language (Proficiency through Level IV) 3-12 1-4
Statistics: ECON 36000 or Liberal Arts Core 3 3
Western Heritage: Liberal Arts Core 3 3
United States Tradition: Liberal Arts Core 3 1
Other Cultures: Liberal Arts Core 3 8
Aesthetic Awareness: Liberal Arts Core 3 4
Gender Issues: Liberal Arts Core 3 7
Global Perspective: Liberal Arts Core 3 6
Natural Sciences: Liberal Arts Core 6 2-3
University Core Curriculum
University Core Science (list of courses) 6 2-3
University Core Human Cultures: Humanities (list of courses) 3 3
University Core Science, Technology & Society (list of courses) 3 3

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.