BA in Economics

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Economics prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program enables students to understand how society chooses to use its resources to attain alternate and often conflicting goals. As a social science, economics is concerned with the major issues of today.  Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in economics.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of introductory and intermediate micro- and macroeconomic concepts and theories
  • Understand and accurately interpret key economic statistical data
  • Apply economic theories to practical business situations or social and public policy conditions and issues

BA in Economics Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
C. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study: Economics 33
A. Required Courses 15
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Select one of the following courses:
    • Advanced Economic Theory
    • Advanced Seminar in Economics
    • History of Economic Thought
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Economics Electives*
  • American Economic Development
  • Business Cycle
  • Capitalist System
  • Comparative Economic Systems
  • Econometrics**
  • Economic and Business Forecasting**
  • Economic Development
  • Economics of Discrimination
  • Economic Geography
  • Economic Human Resources
  • Economics
  • Economics of Poverty
  • Economics of the Public Sector
  • Economics of Social Problems
  • Economics of Third World
  • Economics of Transportation
  • European Economic Development
  • Health Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • International Economics
  • International Finance
  • Labor Managerial
  • Money and Banking
  • Population Economics
  • Public Finance and Fiscal Policy
  • Quantitative Methods in Economics
  • Regional Urban Economic Development
  • Women in the Economy
  • World Resources and Industries
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120


*This list is a guide. Other economics courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Note 1: **It is recommended that Econometrics and Economics and Business Forecasting be taken only after Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Statistics have been completed.

Note 2: Students planning to do graduate work in economics are urged to complete one year of calculus and a course in matrix algebra.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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