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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS (EC)

Professor Billy Helms, Chairperson
Office: 200 Alston Hall

The Department of Economics offers programs of study in economics through both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.

Requirements for the major. The major in economics requires 30 hours in economics, including EC 110, EC 111, EC 308, EC 309, and EC 450. A grade of "C-" or higher is required in EC 110, EC 111, EC 308, and EC 309. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. Students are also required to complete MATH 121 (or MATH 125) and ST 260, or the equivalent. The economics faculty recommends that students with good mathematical ability or who have an interest in attending graduate school consider the quantitative track. Students should consult the undergraduate advisor for recommendations concerning the choice of 400-level economics courses, the minor, and general electives consistent with their overall career goals and objectives.

Standard economics track. Students choosing the standard economics track may choose the minor or second major. Those students with good math skills are urged to take MATH 125 and MATH 126 instead of MATH 112, MATH 113, and MATH 121.

Required coursesHours
EC 110 and EC 1116
EC 308 and EC 3096
EC 4503
Other economics courses15
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30

Quantitative economics track. Students choosing the quantitative economics track will satisfy the requirements for a minor in mathematics. This track is designed for students with strong math skills and those students who have an interest in pursuing an advanced degree in economics.

Required coursesHours
MATH 125, MATH 126, and MATH 22712
MATH 237 or MATH 2573
MATH 355 and MATH 4516
MATH 4863
EC 110 and EC 1116
EC 308 and EC 3096
EC 4503
EC 4133
EC 4713
Other economics courses9
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54

Requirements for the minor. The minor in economics requires 18 hours in economics, including EC 110 and EC 111. A grade of "C-" or higher is required in EC 110 and EC 111. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. EC 308 and EC 309 are strongly recommended and are prerequisites for many advanced courses.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Economics Major
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
EC 1103
EN 1013
MATH 112 or MATH 12513
Computer science or foreign language3–4
Elective3
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15–16
Second Semester
CourseHours
EC 1113
EN 1023
MATH 113 or MATH 12613
Computer science or foreign language3–4
Elective3
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15–16
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
EC 3083
EN 205 or EN 2093
ST 2603
Natural science4
MATH 121, MATH 125, or elective13–4
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16–17
Second Semester
CourseHours
EC 3093
EN 206 or EN 2103
Elective3
Natural science4
Computer science or elective3
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16
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
EC 4503
Minor3
Fine arts23
History23
Electives3–6
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15–18
Second Semester
Course Hours
EC elective3
Minor3
Humanities23
History or social and behavioral sciences23
Electives3–6
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15–18
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
EC 470 or economics elective3
EC elective3
Minor 6
Social and behavioral sciences23
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
EC electives6
Minor3–6
Social and behavioral sciences23
Elective3
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15–18
 
Total: At least 120

1Students are admitted to MATH courses based on placement exam. MATH 121 or MATH 125 is required.
2A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
3Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.

Graduate programs. The department offers programs leading to the master of arts and the doctor of philosophy degrees. The requirements for these degrees are stated in the University of Alabama graduate catalog.

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