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Undergraduate "Emphases" in Economics

Economics is a flexible degree with many career options available to majors. The department has identified five primary areas of study and designed emphases (a set of complementary courses intended to focus a student’s preparatory coursework) for these different career paths in economics. Each emphasis includes courses both in economics and from other disciplines that will enhance preparation for a particular career objective. Emphases are offered in Monetary Economics, Public Policy, Quantitative Economics, International Economics, and Business Economics; students are required to choose two emphases. The requirements for each emphasis are listed in detail under each degree program. A General Economics option is also available under each degree program.

Required Courses

  • All students must complete MATH 137 and STAT 171
  • All students must complete the core requirements: Economics ECON 197, 231*, 232*, 330 or 332, 331, 497; CS 302 or DS 490.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take ECON 487.

Areas of Emphases

Emphases of Study: Students must choose two emphases from a, b, c, d, and e with 9 s.h. in each chosen emphasis; a minimum of 12 total hours must be in ECON/DS.

  1. Monetary Economics: ECON 325, 328, 425, 471; ECON 487 or DS 303; DS 490; AGEC 447, 457, 458; FIN 341, 371, 441, 471
  2. Public Policy: ECON 310, 315, 328, 350, 390, 430, 432, 440, 445, 460, 465; ECON 487 or DS 303; DS 490; POLS 300, 302, 393
  3. Quantitative Economics: ECON 445, 481; ECON 487 or DS 303; DS 423, 435, 490; MATH 311, 333, 341; STAT 276
  4. International Economics: ECON 420, 425, 470, 471; ECON 487 or DS 303; DS 490; BL 484; INAG 310; MGT 485; MKTG 317; POLS 331; SCM 411
  5. Business Economics: ECON 315, 325, 332, 440, 445, 460; ECON 487 or DS 303; DS 435, 490; AGEC 447, 457, 458

In developing these emphases, the economics and decision sciences department has given major attention to preparing its graduates for specific careers in government, business, private sector, and/or graduate studies in economics.

Dr. Tej Kaul, Professor and Chair
Department of Economics and Decision Sciences
Stipes Hall 430
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
E-mail: T-Kaul@wiu.edu
Phone: 309/298-1153
FAX: 309/298-1020