Economics Major

The economics major in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego is rigorous and comprehensive, providing you with training in problem solving, human behavior and decision-making and how they apply to real world economic challenges. The major equips you with the quantitative and critical thinking skills needed for successful careers in a variety of fields including government, banking, financial services, healthcare and more. An economics background also serves as excellent preparation for a wide range of graduate programs, including business, public policy, law and medicine.

  • Our undergraduate program is ranked number 14 for macroeconomics and number 12 for microeconomics, according to USA Today, and College Factual. 

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ECONOMICS CAREER PATHS

For the BA Degree - Economics Major

 

Lower Division Preparation for the Major (19-20 units)

Course Title

Principles of Financial Accounting

Principles of Microeconomics

Principles of Macroeconomics

Statistics for Business and Economics

Information Systems

Survey of Calculus (or Calculus I)

Required Economics Classes for Major (12 units)

Course Title

Intermediate Microeconomics

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Applied Econometrics

Senior Seminar

Option 1: Career in Economics or Business Economics

General Economics Emphasis

Course Title

Approved ECON Elective Classes (18 units)

Business Economics Emphasis

Course Title

Managerial Economics

Industrial Organization

Approved ECON Elective Classes (12 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Operations Management

  Financial Management

  Fundamentals of Marketing

  

Option 2: Career in Business, Banking and Finance

Finance Emphasis

Course Title

Money and Banking

Financial Economics

Approved ECON Elective Classes (12 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Financial Management

  Investments

  Advanced Corporate Finance

 

Real Estate Emphasis

Course Title

Urban Economics

Approved ECON Elective Classes (15 units)

 

Additional classes to consider:

  Principles of Real Estate

  Commercial Real Estate Finance and Investment

  Financing Residential Real Estate

 

Accounting Emphasis

Course Title

Approved ECON Elective Classes (18 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Principles of Managerial Accounting

  Intermediate Accounting I

  Cost Accounting

  Accounting Information Systems

Supply Chain Emphasis

Course Title

Approved ECON Elective Classes (18 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Global Purchasing and Supply Management

  Strategic Cost Management

  Negotiation in a Global Business Environment

Option 3: Preparation for Graduate School

Master’s Degree

Course Title

Mathematical Economics

Approved ECON Elective Classes (15 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Calculus I

  Calculus II

  Calculus III

Law School

Course Title

Law and Economics

Approved ECON Elective Classes (15 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Business Law I

  Negotiation in a Global Business Environment

PhD

Course Title

Mathematical Economics

Forecasting

Approved ECON Elective Classes (12 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Calculus I

  Calculus II

  Calculus III

  Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science

  Linear Algebra

  Real Analysis I

Economics Major

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2012-2014, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2014. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Lower Division Preparation for the Major (19-20 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 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 216Statistics for Business and Economics4
ITMG 100Information Systems3
MATH 130Survey 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.

Major in Economics (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
ECON 201Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON 202Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 370Applied Econometrics3
ECON 490WSenior Seminar3
Elective units
Any pre-approved ECON upper-division elective18

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 IHours
Preceptorial3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
MATH 115College Algebra3
CC or electives6-7
Semester II
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ITMG 100Information Systems3
MATH 130 150Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
3
CC or electives6-7
Sophomore Year
Semester I
ECON 202Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 216Statistics for Business and Economics4
CC or electives9
Semester II
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECON 201Intermediate Microeconomics3
CC or electives9
Junior Year
Semester I
ECON electives6
CC or electives9-10
Semester II
ECON electives6
CC or electives9-10
Senior Year
Semester I
ECON 370Applied Econometrics3
ECON elective3
CC or electives9-10
Semester II
ECON 490WSenior Seminar3
ECON elective3
CC or electives9-10