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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Business, Smeal College


Economics

University Park, Smeal College of Business (BA EC)

PROFESSOR ROBERT C. MARSHALL, in charge

This major is designed for those who seek a broad understanding of the operation of the economic system and training in the methods and uses of economic analysis. Graduates are equipped for employment in many areas of business operations, labor unions, and agencies of government at all levels, and to undertake the graduate work necessary to become professional economists.

An honors program is also offered.

Entrance Requirement: To be eligible for entrance into the Economics (BA EC) major, a degree candidate must be enrolled in the Smeal College of Business or the Division of Undergraduate Studies and satisfy requirements for entrance to the major.

Specific entrance requirements include:

  1. The degree candidate must be taking, or have taken, a program appropriate for entry to the major as shown in the bulletin, including approximately 60 credits of course work.
  2. Complete the following entrance to major requirements: ACCTG 211(4)[1]; ECON 002 GS(3)[1], ECON 004 GS(3)[1], SCM 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1]; ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3); and MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], FIN 301(3)[1]; MGMT 301(3)[1]; and MKTG 301(3)[1].These courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the entrance to major process is carried out.
  3. In addition to the above requirements, the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University may approve administrative enrollment controls that limit the number of students who are admitted to majors in the Smeal College of Business. In each case, however, academic requirements are established for admission. For information on enrollment controls, consult the Smeal College of Business Web site (http://www.smeal.psu.edu).

For the B.S. degree in Economics, a minimum of 120 credits is required with at least 15 credits at the 400 level.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selections)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 13 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 77 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; and 6 credits of GA, GH, or GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (49 credits)
ACCTG 211(4)[1], ECON 002 GS(3)[1], ECON 004 GS(3)[1], FIN 301(3)[1]; MGMT 301(3)[1]; and MKTG 301(3)[1](Sem: 1-4)
B A 411(3), ECON 302 GS(3)[1], ECON 304 GS(3)[1], ECON 333 GS(3)[1], ECON 390(3)[1], ECON 404W(3)[1], ECON 490(3)[1], ENGL 202D GWS(3), MIS 204(3), SCM 301(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
SCM 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
B A 243(4), or B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) (Sem: 5-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (16 credits)
Select 4 credits: Attainment of 12th credit level proficiency in a single foreign language. (4 credits) Proficiency must be demonstrated by either examination or course work (Sem: 1-4)
Select 6 credits of Global Awareness and Understanding from approved course list (credits must be taken in GA, GH, or GS) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits[1] of 300- or 400-level Economics courses (at least 3 credits must be at the 400 level). See Department List. (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2009

Blue Sheet Item #: 37-05-014

Review Date: 2/24/09

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06

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