Major Plans

There are many paths to a degree in economics!

Whether you have an interest in finance, marketing, and other business disciplines or wish to study abroad, there are many different ways you can combine your pursuits to receive a degree in economics.  To view information about a particular track, choose from the following links.

Business Economics – Accountancy

Business Economics – Business Administration

Business Economics – Finance

Business Economics – General

Business Economics – International Business

Business Economics – Marketing

Business Economics – Quantitative

Business Economics – Real Estate

Business Economics – Study Abroad

Economics – General

Economics – Quantitative

Economics – Quantitative Study Abroad

Economics – Study Abroad

Below is the current course catalog information. To view more information and an overview of the major visit the course section in the catalog.

Lower Division Preparation for the Major (16-20 units)

Lower-division requirements for the major are the completion of the following courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or better with no grade below C–. Transfer courses must be C or better.

ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics 3-4
ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 216 Statistics for Business and Economics 1-4
 ECON 217 Applied Regression Analysis
Must receive pre-approval to register for ECON 217.
ITMG 100 Information Systems 3
MATH 130 Survey of Calculus (or Calculus I) 3-4
 MATH 150 Calculus I

Students considering graduate studies in economics are advised to take MATH 150; MATH 151 and MATH 250 are recommended, as well.

Economics Major (30 units)

Students majoring in economics must satisfy the USD core curriculum requirements as set forth in the catalog, Lower-Division Requirements for the major, the Professional Development Passport Program and all of the following major requirements:

Required Courses (12 units)
ECON 201 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
ECON 202 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
ECON 370 Applied Econometrics 3
ECON 490W Senior Seminar 3
Elective units (18 units)
Any pre-approved ECON upper-division elective 18

The economics major requires a minimum of 18 Upper-Division Units in the major be completed at USD.

Recommended Program Of Study, Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Freshman Year
Semester I Hours
Preceptorial 3
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MATH 115 College Algebra 3
CC or electives 6-7
Semester II
ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ITMG 100 Information Systems 3
MATH 130 150 Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
3
CC or electives 6-7
Sophomore Year
Semester I
ECON 202 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
ECON 216 Statistics for Business and Economics 4
CC or electives 9
Semester II
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ECON 201 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
CC or electives 9
Junior Year
Semester I
ECON electives 6
CC or electives 9-10
Semester II
ECON 370 Applied Econometrics 3
ECON electives 6
CC or electives 9-10
Senior Year
Semester I
ECON elective 3
CC or electives 9-10
Semester II
ECON 490W Senior Seminar 3
ECON elective 3
CC or electives 9-10