Declaring a Major or Minor

Declaring a major or minor in economics is a simple process and may be completed at any time by meeting with a faculty member and filling out an Academic Program Contract. At the time of declaration, you will be assigned an advisor and begin discussing how to structure your time to meet the program requirements below. For students planning graduate work in economics additional math preparation will be necessary. For specific courses, consult your major advisor.

Economics Major Requirements

Economics majors complete a minimum of 44 credit hours leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree within the College of Arts and Sciences at PLU. (Complete course descriptions may be found here.) In addition to the university and college requirements, economics majors must complete:

Theory core (4 courses, 16 semester hours): ECON 101 or 111, 102, 301, 302

Tools (2 courses, 8 semester hours): STAT 231 or MATH/STAT 242; BUSA 202, BUSA 302 or four hours in CSCE

Capstone (1 course, 4 semester hours): ECON 499

Field courses (4 courses, 16 semester hours):

Choose one course (4 semester hours) from each of the following three categories:

• Micro: ECON 313, 321, 323, 325, 331, 333
• Macro: ECON 322, 327, 337, 386
• Approaches: ECON 311, 341, 344, 345

Choose a fourth course from any of the three categories listed above or from the following:

• ECON 215, 235, 287-289, 387-389, or 495

Note: Special Topics courses (numbered 287–289 or 387–389) may be counted toward one of the required field course categories with the approval of the chair of the Economics Department. Examples of past courses include ECON 287/387 The Economics of Sport and ECON 387 Behavioral Economics.

To remain in the major, junior and senior-level students must:

• earn at least a C- in any course counted towards the major
• maintain a minimum 2.50 overall GPA, and
• maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA in courses to be counted towards the Economics major.

To register for an economics course with any prerequisites, a grade of C- or better must be attained in each of the prerequisite courses.

Economics majors may transfer in a maximum of 20 semester hours toward the economics major, unless they have permission from the chair of the Economics Department.

Economics Minor Requirements

Economics minors complete a minimum of 24 credit hours. (Complete course descriptions may be found here.) In addition to the university and college requirements, economics minors must complete:

ECON 101 or 111; 102; 301 or 302

12 additional semester hours of electives, 4 of which may be in Statistics

All courses counted toward an economics minor must be completed with grades of C- or higher and with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in those courses.

Economics minors may transfer in a maximum of 12 semester hours toward the economics minor, unless they have permission from the Economics department chair.