Aug 09, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Economics (B.A. or B.S.)


The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

Requirements in Department (34-37)


For the B.A. Degree


  • Select from economics courses at the 300 or 400 levels (21)
  • The Department of Economics requires all economics majors to complete a capstone research paper in conjunction with ECON 492 or any other 400-level course.

For the B.S. Degree


Requirements outside Department (B.A., 3-16; B.S., 14-15)


For the B.A. degree


  • Fulfillment of B.A. foreign language requirement (0-12)
    (See “Foreign Language Requirement for the B.A. Degree.”)

One of the following groups (11)


Either


Or


Total Hours for a Major in Economics: 37-52 (B.A.) OR 50-52 (B.S.)


General Education Requirements (15-24)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining general education requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the general education requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the general education credit requirements.

The required minimum of 21 semester hours in Knowledge Domain studies cannot include more than two courses in any one department. (A course with an affiliated laboratory course shall be counted as a single course.)

Foundational Studies (0-9)


Writing Requirement (0-6)
Oral Communication Requirement (0-3)
Quantitative Literacy Requirements (0)

  • Satisfied by program requirements MATH 210, MATH 211 or MATH 229

For additional information about these requirements, please visit Foundational Studies .

Knowledge Domain Requirements (15)


Creativity and Critical Analysis (6)

Nature and Technology (6)

Society and Culture (0)

  • 6 credit hours satisfied by required courses ECON 260 and ECON 261

Knowledge Domain Elective (3)  

Graduation Requirements (6-9)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining graduation requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the graduation requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the graduation credit requirements.

Human Diversity Requirement (0-3)

  • One course from the approved Human Diversity course list; may be fulfilled by extracurricular activities. Human Diversity Course List  

Writing Infused Requirements (6)

TOTAL HOURS FOR GENERAL EDUCATION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: 21-33 (B.A.) or (B.S.)


TOTAL HOURS FOR ELECTIVES: 35-62 (B.A.) or 35-49 (B.S.)


TOTAL HOURS FOR A B.A. or B.S. DEGREE IN ECONOMICS (120)


Recommendations


The Department of Economics strongly recommends that students planning to pursue an advanced degree in economics select group 2 from the requirements outside the department. Such students are also urged to take:

Emphasis 1. Financial Economics (B.S. only) (49-52)


The emphasis in financial economics is designed for students who wish to undertake a program of study in the economics of the financial sector. The requirements for the emphasis include all of the requirements for a B.S. in Economics in addition to courses specific to the economic analysis of financial activity.

Requirements in Department (35-37)


Requirements outside Department (14-15)


Total Hours for Emphasis 1, Financial Economics: 49-52 (B.S only)


General Education Requirements (15-24)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining general education requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the general education requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the general education credit requirements.

The required minimum of 21 semester hours in Knowledge Domain studies cannot include more than two courses in any one department. (A course with an affiliated laboratory course shall be counted as a single course.)

Foundational Studies (0-9)


Writing Requirement (0-6)
Oral Communication Requirement (0-3)
Quantitative Literacy Requirements (0)

  • Satisfied by program requirements MATH 210, MATH 211 or MATH 229

For additional information about these requirements, please visit Foundational Studies .

Knowledge Domain Requirements (15)


Creativity and Critical Analysis (6)

Nature and Technology (6)

Society and Culture (0)

  • 6 credit hours satisfied by required courses ECON 260 and ECON 261

Knowledge Domain Elective (3)  

Graduation Requirements (6-9)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining graduation requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the graduation requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the graduation credit requirements.

Human Diversity Requirement (0-3)

  • One course from the approved Human Diversity course list; may be fulfilled by extracurricular activities. Human Diversity Course List   

Writing Infused Requirements (6)

TOTAL HOURS FOR GENERAL EDUCATION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, EMPHASIS 1: 21-33 (B.S.)


TOTAL HOURS FOR ELECTIVES, EMPHASIS 1: 35-50 (B.S.)


TOTAL HOURS FOR A B.S. DEGREE IN ECONOMICS, EMPHASIS 1 (120)