University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Mar 23, 2023  
University General Course Catalog 2022-2023

Economics, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Economics is designed to prepare students for positions as economic and statistical analysts in business, government and nonprofit organizations, and for the teaching profession. In addition, it provides a strong foundation for graduate study and research in the fields of economics, business, public policy and law. Students choosing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics often consider a dual major with other programs.

Contact Information

Economics Department
318 Ansari Business Building,
(775) 784-6850

Pre-majors should contact the College of Business Advising Office
409 Ansari Business Building
(775) 784-4912

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking  at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement |  30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units
  • Business Course Time Limit | Coursework used to complete College of Business and Major requirements must have been completed within the 10 years prior to the year of graduation.

I. University General Education Requirements (24-30 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding  the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course description.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3-6 units) - CO2

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L  courses.

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7  courses.

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (6 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

Choose one course; the following courses count in the major requirement:

C. Global Contexts - CO11

Choose one course; the following courses count in the major requirement:

D. Ethics - CO12

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO12  courses.

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

Choose one course; the following courses count in the major requirement:

F. Application - CO14

Choose one course; the following recommended courses count in the major requirement:

III. Additional College Requirements (24-38 units)

A. Pre-Business Core (12 units)

B. Nonbusiness Course Requirements (12 units)

C. Foreign Language (0-14 units)

Successful completion of the foreign language requirement may be accomplished through one of three options: 

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, including minimum CBAPE, SAT II, or IB scores; or 
  3. participate in a Studies Abroad program pre-approved by the Department of World Languages and Literatures to meet the foreign language requirement.

IV. Major Requirements (27 units)

At least 9 units in the Economics major must be taken at the 400 level.

Select one International Economics course (3 units)

Select one Economics History course (3 units)

B. Economics electives numbered 300 - 499 (9 units)

These electives may include ECON 420 or ECON 489, which satisfy CO14.

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (19-45 units)

Additional electives as necessary to reach 120 overall credits.

VII. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

Spring Semester (16 Units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 Units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 Units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (13 Units)