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    Oct 01, 2023  
American University Catalog 2018-2019 
American University Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics (BS)

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and the approval of the department undergraduate advisor.

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

  • 47 credit hours with grades of C or better
    • No more than 6 of the 47 credit hours may be fulfilled by Washington Economic Policy Semester courses or economics courses from study abroad programs
    • No more than 3 credit hours of independent reading and study courses or internships may be applied to the major

Course Requirements

Core (29 credit hours)

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or 3 credit hours of study abroad coursework in economics or political economy at or above 300-level:

Electives (15 credit hours)

Note: Students may take no more than 6 credit hours from the following: ECON-361 Economic Development (3) , ECON-362 Microeconomics of Economic Development (3) , and ECON-363 Macroeconomics of Economic Development (3) .

Combined Economics (BS) and Economics (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor’s/master’s programs:

  • Students in this program will not be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students will be admitted formally to MA status only after they have completed all requirements for the Economics (BS) with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher