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Economics, BA

Offered in: CHICAGO

The Economics major at Roosevelt University prepares students to analyze how the economy works in fresh and innovative ways. Students receive a broad-based view of contemporary economics with special emphasis on Heterdox approaches to theory and policy. Students are challenged to be critical of existing institutions and seek new solutions to problems of economic justice, prosperity, poverty, and inequality. The department’s unique focus is evidenced by the fact that it houses the Social Justice Studies degree. Economics graduates typically pursue careers in business, public service, law, teaching, and research.

Course offerings regularly include courses addressing the market economy, the business cycle, financial crises, economic policy, theories of justice, political economy, international trade and development, the economics of women, contemporary labor problems, money and banking, the history of economics, and econometrics.


Major in Economics leading to a BA degree

Majors must complete a minimum of 11 courses (33 hours) in Economics with grades of C- or higher, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. At least 12 semester hours in Economics must be completed at Roosevelt University, six of which must be at the 300 level. Math 110 or higher is a prerequisite for Econ 234.

  ECON 101 Principles of Economics I .....3
  ECON 102 Principles of Economics II .....3
  ECON 210 Money and Banking -OR- (see ECON 338) .....3
  ECON 234 Elementary Statistics .....3
  ECON 321 Income and Employment Theory .....3
  ECON 323 Price Theory .....3
  ECON 3XX Capstone course – topics vary by semester .....3


  Four economics courses, at least two at the 300 level .....12

In addition to four electives in Economics, majors are encouraged to select elective courses from such related fields as history, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and business administration. Majors intending to pursue graduate studies in Economics are urged to take Econ 346 and obtain adequate preparation in mathematics and statistics. Many courses are taught on a rotating basis. Students should consult an economics advisor and develop a long-range plan of study.


Economist internships at local government offices, social service agencies, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses are available, for credit, to assist students in career choice and development. Chicago is a dynamic city and major world center of finance, business, government, social activism, and philanthropy. Our internship program provides students with opportunities in all these areas.

Graduation with Distinction

Students desiring to graduate With Distinction in Economics must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours in economics with a grade point average of at least 3.75. The 36 semester hours must include the seven core courses, and five additional courses approved by an Economics advisor.

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar (required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 semester hours) .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3


  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9


  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western Requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU Mission-Related Course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3


  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours. .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)