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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. 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 in economics with grades of C- or higher. At least 12 semester hours in economics must be completed at Roosevelt University. 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.