Economics, B.A.


Department of Economics

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Economics Major

ECON 40 and 50 are prerequisites for most upper-division courses in economics. Any student planning graduate work is advised to take additional mathematics.

1. Major requirements (39 units)

Core (18 units)
Lower-Division: ECON 40 and ECON 50
Upper-Division: ECON 100A, ECON 100B, ECON 123, ECON 192

Upper-Division Breadth and Application Course Selections (21 units)
Students must select one upper-division economics course from each of Categories I, II and III to be exposed to the breadth of fields of study in economics (9 units).

In addition, students must select four upper division economics courses from the remaining courses in Categories I, II, III, IV and V. (12 units).

Category I. Macroeconomics and International Economics Courses (3 units minimum)
ECON 103, ECON 114, ECON 135, ECON 178, ECON 188T

Category II. Microeconomics Courses (3 units minimum)
ECON 117, ECON 119, ECON 131, ECON 144, ECON 150, ECON 162, ECON 189T

Category III. Historical and Political Economics Courses (3 units minimum)
ECON 101, ECON 110, ECON 111, ECON 179, ECON 181, ECON 183, ECON 115T

Category IV. Cross-cutting Economics Courses
ECON 102W, ECON 120, ECON 125, ECON 146, ECON 152, ECON 167, ECON 176

Category V. Special Courses (3 units maximum)
ECON 185, ECON 190 and ECON 191i

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details. 

Advising Notes

  1. Residency requirement: complete at least 50% of the required Economics units in the Craig
    School of Business.
  2. A grade of C or better must be earned for each course used to satisfy the requirements for the
  3. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the economics major or minor, except for courses offered only under CR/NC grading.
  4. ECON 123 has the following prerequisite: MATH 11 or MATH 101 or DS 73 or AGBS 71 or PSYCH 42 passed with C grade or better (in addition to ECON 40 and ECON 50).


The faculty of the department is staffed by professors whose primary professional commitment is to undergraduate education. Every member participates in the full range of teaching assignments from moderate sized sections of economics principles to small, upper-division classes (averaging 16 students). They offer a wide variety of courses ranging from the traditional core of intermediate micro and macroeconomic theory to problem-oriented courses, as the economics of health, crime, sports, and government regulation. The background of the faculty, like its program offerings, represents a broad spectrum of intellectual tastes and professional specialties.

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Bachelor of Arts in Economics

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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Economics is the social science that studies the way in which societies are organized to produce the goods and services that sustain and enhance the life processes of the community.

As a fundamental scientific discipline, economics employs systematic analysis in the study of the production and distribution of income within and among nations. Since all social policy issues in modern societies have an economic dimension, the study of economics offers the student an opportunity to investigate the most important and exciting problems of political economy facing the world today.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the department pursue a variety of challenging careers in industry, finance, education, government and international organizations. Students completing our major have found opportunities in local and state businesses, multinational corporations and government agencies. The B.A. in Economics is also an excellent foundation for graduate school in public policy, public administration, business, law and economics. An increasing number of Economics majors and minors are attending graduate school. Some recent placements include University of Wisconsin Madison (Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics), University of Nebraska (Ph.D. in Economics), USC (Ph.D. in Health Economics), Harvard University (Ph.D. Public Policy), University of Denver (M.A. in Economics), UC Santa Cruz (M.A. in Applied Economics), London School of Economics (M.A. in International Relations).

Careers for professional economists:

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, as of 2019, the largest employers of economists were as follows:

  • Federal government
  • Scientific research and development services
  • Management, scientific, and technical consulting services
  • State and local government, excluding education and hospitals
  • Finance and insurance

There are also a significant number of jobs in education at the state and local level.

Find Your Job in Economics

What You Can Do

Pursue graduate studies in law, social work, international relations, public administration and policy

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • History of Economic Thought
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economic Development of Poor Nations
  • Money and Banking

What You Can Learn

  • Economic effects of military expenditures in historical perspective
  • The social and economic forces shaping the economic status of women in the U.S.
  • The monetary and banking system of the United States
  • Evolution of economics as a science

About the College

The Craig School of Business is proud to be recognized as one of the best business schools in the state. The school provides active, engaged learning experiences to empower future business leaders. State of the art computer labs are open day and night, with staff available to answer technical questions, and all student areas within the Peters Business Building have wireless Internet access.

School Contact Information

The Craig School of Business
5245 N. Backer Ave.,
M/S PB-7
Fresno CA 93740-8001

Phone: (559) 278-2482

Department Contact Information

Phone: 559.278.3916 | Fax: 559.278.7234
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