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Programs of Study

The Department of Economics offers a Bachelor of Arts in Economics; a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Honors Track; a Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Pre-Law Track; a Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Mathematics Track; and, through the College of Education, a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education/Economics Track. In addition, students can choose to double major or minor in Economics.

Curriculum checklists, course-mapping sheets, and applications for the Economics honors track and minor are available at our Curriculum Checklists and Applications.

Additional information can be found in the Student Handbook and the Undergraduate Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The B.A. in Economics gives students a broad preparation for many careers and programs of graduate study. It provides flexibility in terms of choosing specific courses and free electives coincident with a student’s interests and abilities. All students in this major must complete IUP’s graduation requirement of 120 credits with a minimum overall 2.00 grade-point-average (GPA). As part of completing the degree, they must fulfill the university’s Liberal Studies requirements and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences foreign language requirement. In addition, students must complete a minimum of 34 credits in the major.

Bachelors of Arts in Economics/Honors Track

The honors program is open by departmental permission to Economics, Economics/Mathematics, and Economics/Pre-Law majors with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 GPA in Economics courses. Students complete ECON 355, 356, 483, and HNRC 499, which fulfills the Liberal Studies Synthesis requirement. Students must earn at least a “C” in each course completed for the track. Students should consult their advisors to determine how honors track courses will be integrated into existing requirements for the Economics, Economics/Mathematics, or Economics/Pre-Law majors. Students with multiple majors must have their “home” department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to be eligible for the honors track.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Pre-Law Track

The IUP Pre-Law program is designed to help students obtain admission to and be successful in law school. It consists of a major in a particular discipline. Students must major in one of the following seven disciplines: Business, Criminology, Economics, English, History, Philosophy, or Political Science. They then take additional pre-law coursework taken from each of the other departments. The student pursuing a B.A. in Economics/Pre-Law Track must complete most of the same requirements as students in the B.A. in Economics, plus 21 credits of pre-law courses. This provides the range of academic experience that law schools have indicated is desirable.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Mathematics

(Note: Program is currently in moratorium) A solid background in mathematics is essential for advanced theoretical and applied work in economics. Similarly, students with talent and interest in mathematics find economics an excellent field in which to apply their skills. There is an increasing demand for students trained in both disciplines. The Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Mathematics combines these complementary subjects in a joint degree program administered cooperatively by the Departments of Economics and Mathematics. Graduates will have an exceptional background for graduate study in economics and such related fields as business, public policy, or operations research. They also will be ideally prepared to fill a wide variety of technical and quantitative positions in government and private industry.

Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education/Economics Track

The B.S. in Social Studies Education leads to teaching certification for social studies in Pennsylvania junior high and high schools. Although graduates will be certified to teach all social sciences, they must choose to concentrate in one particular field. Students choosing the economics track must complete ECON 121, ECON 122, and at least five upper-level economics courses, including three courses chosen from specific groups. They must also complete a series of other social science courses, as well as the College of Education’s core curriculum, including a semester of student teaching. A detailed list of program requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. The program is administered through the College of Education and Educational Technology.

Economics as a Second Major

Economics is an ideal complement for many other majors, and students majoring in other fields often pursue a second major in Economics. Past students have successfully combined economics with many different majors, including such diverse fields as marketing, finance, political science, journalism, criminology, psychology, foreign languages, computer science, philosophy, and theater. In addition to the requirements of their primary major, double majors must complete the 34 credits as requirements for a major in economics. Double majors fulfill the Liberal Studies and college requirements set by their primary major, but need not satisfy different Liberal Studies and/or college requirements for Economics. The application for a double major is available in the Department of Economics office.

Minor in Economics

To complete a minor in Economics, a student must complete 15 credits in Economics, including Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 121) and Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 122). The other nine credits may be met by completing any other classes with an ECON prefix, except ECON 101. A student must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA in Economics. To ensure proper credit, students should complete an application form available on line or in the Department of Economics office.

  • Economics Department
  • McElhaney Hall, Room 213
    441 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2640
  • Fax: 724-357-6485
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.