B.A. Major in Economics (CAS)

Economics

The B.A. major in economics in the College of Arts and Sciences is designed to prepare students for graduate study in economics or law, and for entry into careers in business, government or service organizations. The requirements for the economics major are:

Required for B.A. (CAS) Economics Majors

Common Economics Core

  • ECO 001: Principles of Economics
  • ECO 119: Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis
  • ECO 146: Intermediate Microeconomics Analysis

Quantitative Economics Core

  • ECO 045: Statistical Methods
  • ECO 157: Statistical Methods II

Collateral Requirement

Select one of the following:

  • Math 021: Calculus I
  • Math 051: Survey of Calculus I
  • Math 081: Calculus with Business Applications

Economics Electives

Electives—Field Courses

Students must take three courses from the following list, at least two at the 300 level:

  • ECO 209: Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECO 229: Economics of Money and Banking
  • ECO 235: Labor Economics
  • ECO 303: Economic Development
  • ECO 311: Environmental Economics
  • ECO 312: Mathematical Economics
  • ECO 322: Competitor and Market Analysis
  • ECO 338: International Economics
  • ECO 353: Public Economics
  • ECO 358: Game Theory
  • ECO 365: Business, Government, and Macroeconomic Policy
  • ECO 368: Health Economics

Electives—Applying Economics

Students must take two courses from the following list, at least one at the 300 level, earning at least 6 credits overall:

  • ECO 201: Federal Reserve Challenge Competition1
  • ECO 203: Microfinance: Financial Inclusion for the Poor
  • ECO 247: Sabermetrics
  • ECO 259: Athletic Complex Design2
  • ECO 273: Community Consulting Practicum2
  • ECO 274: Supervised Research1, 2
  • ECO 301: Econometric Software
  • ECO 314: Energy Economics
  • ECO 324: The Economics of the Sports Industry
  • ECO 325: Consumer Insights through Data Analysis
  • ECO 328: Electricity Economics
  • ECO 333: The Economics of Business Decisions
  • ECO 335: Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • ECO 336: Antitrust, Regulation, and the New Economy
  • ECO 342: Economic Development in China
  • ECO 345: Political-Economy of Iraq
  • ECO 357: Econometrics
  • ECO 360: Time Series Analysis
  • ECO 366: Quantitative Market Analysis
  • ECO 367: Applied Microeconometrics
  • ECO 371: Special Topics in Economics1
  • ECO 389: Honors Project 1

Notes:
1 Students can apply at most 3 credits earned in this course toward the elective requirement.
2 Only one of the following courses may be used to satisfy the elective requirement: ECO 259, ECO 273, and ECO 274.


For full descriptions of these courses, link to catalog.

Electives—Breadth Requirement

Students must take one course from an approved list, earning at least 3 credits. Students should select a class that helps prepare them for some potential area of further study.

Potential areas of further study include, but are not limited to, law or some other non-quantitative graduate degree, or for employment in business, government, or the non-profit sector. Students are responsible for making sure they have fulfilled any course pre-requisites.

The current approved list includes the following courses:

  • ACCT 108: Fundamentals of Accounting
  • ACCT 151: Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • CSE 001: Breadth of Computing & CSE 002: Fundamentals of Programming (total of 4 CR)
  • ENTP 101: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • ENTP 304: Software Ventures
  • ENTP/IR/SDEV 307: International Social Entrepreneurship
  • ENTP/POLS 310: Social Entrepreneurship: How to Change the World
  • ENTP 315: Lehigh Silicon Valley
  • ES 107: The Politics of the Environment
  • FIN 125: Introduction to Finance
  • IR 225/POLS 225: International Political Economy
  • IR 222: Political Economy of North-South Relations
  • IR 226: Political Economy of Corruption
  • LAW 101: Introduction to Law
  • MGT 314/ENTP 314: Small Business Consulting
  • PHIL 172: Philosophy of Economics
  • POLS 103: Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS 109: Introduction to Public Policy
  • POLS 306: Public Policy Process
  • SDEV 10: Challenges of Sustainable Development
  • TE 211: Capstone Design Projects (e.g., IPD)

Economics Department

Rauch Business Center, Room 461
621 Taylor Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 610-758-3420 | inecon@lehigh.edu | Fax: 610-758-4677