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