Bachelor of Arts
The curriculum for the B.A. degree in Economics is designed to prepare students to be i) economists with an understanding of a wide range of economics subjects and equipped with the necessary analytical tools to do so or ii) experts in the economic development and policy making of the Middle East region or iii) economists with a strong foundation in quantitative and financial economics. For the first group, the curriculum offers a wide range of courses pertaining to the different aspects of the economy in theory and practice. For the second group, the curriculum offers courses that specifically address the challenges of economic development and prospects of policy making in the Middle East region. For the third group, the program offers rigorous and advanced courses in econometric theory and application and in financial economics.
Students who seek a major in Economics must satisfy the following requirements prior to applying for declaration:
• Complete a minimum of 27 credit hours including ECON 2011, 2021 and ECON 2061.
• Earn an average grade of B or higher in ECON 2011 and ECON 2021 with a minimum grade of B minus in each course.
• Earn a minimum grade of B in ECON 2061 (Equivalently, earn an average grade of B or higher in MACT 1121 and MACT 1122).
* In the case of a second attempt of courses required for major declaration, the higher of the two grades earned will be considered. The grade of a third attempt or more will not be considered for the purpose of declaring a major in Economics.
The score for declaration will be calculated as follows:
(Economics GPA*50%) + (Overall GPA*50%)
Economics GPA is the GPA of all economics courses completed prior to applying for declaration (except ECON 1099).
Selection to declare a major in Economics is competitive and will be based on availability of space.
Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours for the Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree in the following areas:
I. Core Curriculum (37 credits),
II. Collateral Requirements (9 credits),
III. Economics Core Requirements (39 credits),
IV. Requirements for General Economics Degree (15 or 16 credits)
V. Requirements for ‘Economic Development and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa’ Concentration (15 or 16 credits),
VI. Requirements for ‘Quantitative and Financial Economics’ Concentration (15 or 16 credits),
VII. General Electives (19 or 20 credits)