Economics (Bachelor of Arts)

Student Learning Goals

Goal 1: Knowledge of Economics   

  • Students demonstrate knowledge of economics and quantitative analysis.  

Goal 2: Knowledge of Economic Theory 

  • Students demonstrate and apply the microeconomic and macroeconomic theories

Goal 3: Application and Communication  

  • Students are capable decision makers using problem solving methods, tools, technology, critical thinking skills, and ethical reasoning. 


Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree should review “General Requirements for All Undergraduate Degrees at IU Southeast,” found in the “Undergraduate Studies” section of this bulletin. While each student is responsible for his or her own progress toward a degree, academic advisors for the School of Business are available for advice concerning courses, requirements, and the curriculum best suited to the student’s goals. To ensure the quality of the student’s educational experience, the following policies are in place for all degrees:

  1. The student must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credit hours for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (not including developmental courses such as English W 100 and Education X 150).
  2. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required in economics courses.
  3. In general, for a course to count toward an economics degree, a minimum grade of C- is required unless otherwise noted.
  4. Academic Advising: Economics students are strongly encouraged to meet regularly with an academic advisor or faculty member in the School of Business to discuss academic and career issues.
  5. For the Bachelor of Arts degree, a student must complete no fewer than 26 credit hours of coursework in the senior year in residence at IU Southeast and no fewer than 10 credit hours of 300 or 400 level economics coursework must be taken at IU Southeast. At least 6 credit hours of 300 or 400 level economics coursework must be taken at IU Southeast for a minor.
  6. Credit by examination may be earned in ECON-E 201Introduction to Microeconomics, ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics, and BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business.  CLEP examinations are accepted for General Education course work if acceptable to the major department for that subject.  Contact the Student Success Center, (University Center South, (812) 941-2312) for information about these examinations.
  7. After being admitted to IU Southeast, courses taken at another institution or campus may not count toward a School of Business degree without prior approval.  To request approval, the student must contact a School of Business advisor.
  8. For the bachelor's degree, 30 of the 120 credit hours must be at the 300 to 400 level (including economics core, general education, and elective courses).
  9. Students must apply for their degree in the School of Business Office (Hillside Hall 221) six months before graduation. (For May and August graduates, the deadline is November 1; for December graduates, the deadline is May 15).
  10. Students completing internships for credit earn Satisfactory or Fail grades only.
  11. Students must complete MATH-M 129 and BUS-K 352 within the first 80 hours of course work. If these courses are not completed as required, the student will not be allowed to register for additional classes until they are completed.
  12. Students who are not active at the university for one year will be subject to the requirements of the bulletin in effect at the time of their reinstatement.  Upon reinstatement, students are required to see a School of Business advisor to develop a degree completion plan before registering for classes.

Degree Requirements

Students receiving the Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree must complete 120 total credit hours including:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300- or 400-level
  • Courses required for the major must be completed with a grade of C- 
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required
  • Courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted

 Economics Major Requirements

 General Education Component

This is not a re-statement of the University’s General Education Requirement but a list of specific General Education courses which are also requirements or pre-requisites for course work in the Economics major. 

Choose a second writing course from the following list.

  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills OR
  • ENG-W 234 Technical Report Writing OR
  • ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing OR
  • ENG-W 290 Writing in the Arts and Sciences

Complete each of the following courses. 

  • BUS-C 104 Business Presentations
  • BUS-K 201 Computer in Business
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • MATH-M 129 Business Algebra and Applications


Complete these six courses (18 credits

  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON-E 280 Applied Statistics for Business I
  • BUS-K 352 Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics
  • ECON-E 321 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON-E 322 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

Complete four of the following courses (12 credits

  • ECON-E 323 Urban Economics
  • ECON-E 333 International Economics
  • ECON-E 338 Business and Economics Applications of GIS
  • ECON-E 350 Money and Banking
  • ECON-E 371 Introduction to Applied Econometrics


Choose two elective courses (6 credit hours) from the following options.

Recommended for those planning to pursue graduate studies in economics:

  • MATH-M 215 Calculus I
  • MATH-M 216 Calculus II
  • ECON-E 371 Introduction to Applied Econometrics (if not taken as part of core)

Recommended for those planning to pursue law school:

  • BUS-A 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • BUS-A 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • BUS-L 201 Legal Environment of BusinessBUS-L 303 Commercial Law II
  • POLS-Y 304 Constitutional Law

Additional courses permitted

  • BUS-F 301 Financial Management
  • BUS-F 302 Financial Decision Making
  • BUS-F 420 Equity and Fixed Income Investment 
  • BUS-K 350 Data Analytics & Visualization
  • BUS-M 300 Introduction to Marketing 
  • BUS-M 301 Introduction to Marketing Management
  • BUS-M 380 Market Analytics
  • BUS-M 405 Consumer Behavior
  • BUS-P 301 Operations Management
  • GEOG-G 438 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG-G 439 GIS and Environmental Analysis

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