Jan 28, 2020  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 

Economics Major (BA)

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Economics Major- Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Please see the UNLV Lee Business School web page at www.business.unlv.edu for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.

Please see advising information at the UNLV  Lee Business School Undergraduate Advising at www.business.unlv.edu/advising.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Program -  The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business www.aacsb.edu/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Use supply and demand analysis;
  2. Apply the concept of opportunity cost;
  3. Use marginal analysis;
  4. Use the appropriate models to explain the behavior of economic agents in different market structures;
  5. Explain the causes of short-run fluctuations in macroeconomic variables;
  6. Explain the determinants of long run economic growth;
  7. Predict the effects of various micro- and macroeconomic policies using the appropriate models;
  8. Gather, analyze, and interpret economic data;
  9. Describe the role and function of financial markets, institutions, and policies;
  10. Analyze global economic issues.

University Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

(See note 1 below)


General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 35-49 Credits

If students’ ACT or SAT test scores place them directly into ENG 102, then the number of general education credits will be reduced by 3.


Where specific courses are not identified, please see the related section of the Undergraduate Catalog for information about which courses may satisfy university core requirements.

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 3-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirements - Credits: 18-19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 credits
    • Humanities, 6 credits required from two different areas. It is recommended that students take  , as one of the humanities courses.
    • Fine Arts,  3 credits required
  • Social Science
    • Automatically satisfied by economics requirements
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 9-10 credits

Multicultural and International Requirement

Multicultural, one three-credit course required
International, one three-credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students

Foreign Language/Foreign Culture - Credits: 6

Two courses in the same foreign language at the university level or the equivalent or two courses (at least six credits) in a foreign culture. Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding acceptable foreign culture courses.

Pre-major and Major Requirements - BA in Economics - Subtotal: 33 Credits

Nine of the 33 required economics major credits must be 400-level ECON courses.

General Electives - Credits: 38-52

The number of general electives necessary for each student varies based on how many credits a student uses to satisfy the requirements identified above. The minimum credits required to earn a degree from Lee Business School is 120.

Total Credits: 120


  1. Students planning to pursue graduate studies in economics are encouraged to take ECON 402  , 403  , 440  , 441  , 442  and 493 .
  2. Students interested in careers in government are encouraged to take ECON 307  ,   , 451  and 470  .
  3. Students pursuing careers in business are encouraged to take ECON 457  ,   , 462  ,   and480  .
  4. For students planning a career in law, a major in economics offers excellent preparation. Recommended electives for the pre-law major include ECON 354  , 455  and 457 .
  5. Students must have earned 39 credits of 300- and 400-level courses upon graduation.



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