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    May 22, 2024  
American University Catalog 2015-2016 
American University Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics (BA)

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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

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Tracks (18 credit hours)

Complete the General or International track.


  • 18 credit hours in economics courses (ECON-xxx) at the 300-level or above.

Note: Of these 18 credit hours, 3 credit hours at the 300-level may be taken outside of the Economics Department with the advisor’s approval if the course is closely related to economics. Students may not receive major credit for both ECON-370 International Economics  and SISU-300 Introduction to International Economics .


Combined BA and MA in Economics

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

This program enables qualified students to earn, in a continuous plan of study, both the BA in Economics and the MA in Economics.


  • Interested students should apply to the program in their junior year. 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 BA in Economics with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
  • All requirements for the BA in Economics.
    • Undergraduate students may apply up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework in economics to satisfy the requirements of both degrees.
  • All requirements for the MA in Economics, including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded. Students must finish the master’s degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master’s program.

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