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Program Information

The Department of Economics offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics. These degree programs provide a broad education involving the domestic and international economy and include the study of institutions, concepts, policy, and tools of analysis. Our students prepare for careers in business, such as in banking, financial markets, insurance, law, management, and consulting; for careers in national, state, and local governments; in teaching; and for graduate study in economics and related fields including business administration, finance, public policy, and law.

The Department stresses flexibility in each undergraduate program and requires a strong core of economic theory, supplemented by mathematics, data analysis or statistics, and computer science. Students in each of these degree programs choose area electives within the department, as well as in the College of Social Science and the University. All students are encouraged to develop programs of study that are tailored to their individual needs and interests.

Students in both the BA and BS in Economics are afforded elective space to pursue other areas of interest.  Students are welcome to use elective space to take any courses at MSU for which they are eligible.  Some popular uses of elective space for Economics students are:
Minor in Business
Minor in Data Science
Minor in Entrepreneurship
Minor in Insurance and Risk Management
Minor in Math
Minor in Philosophy and Law
Minor in Political Economy
Click here to see a complete list of minors at MSU

Click here to see a complete list of our courses.  Click here to see a list of our courses grouped by areas of emphasis.

Important Department Policies

EC 201/202 Minimum Grade Requirements
All EC majors must achieve at least a 2.0 in both EC 201 and EC 202, with a maximum of one total repeat (not one repeat per course).

400-level Enrollment Policy
Due to the high demand for seats in 400-level EC courses and to help ensure that students can enroll for these required courses when needed, the Department of Economics does not permit students to enroll in more than five 400-level EC courses over the course of their undergraduate program.  Students who are enrolled such that they will exceed five 400-level EC courses will be contacted through the confidential student message system to adjust their enrollment.  Students who fail to comply by the stated deadline will be dropped from the number of EC courses that exceed the maximum allowable.  Courses will be dropped in order of student demand, as determined by course waitlists.

To request an exception to the 400-level Enrollment Policy, email advising@econ.msu.edu.

Dual Degrees
The Linked Bachelor of Arts/Science - Master of Public Policy Degree Program is jointly offered by the Departments of Economics and Political Science. The program is specifically designed for students interested in pursuing professional careers in policy analysis, program management, and policy advocacy, and it allows qualified students to complete both degrees in five years.
Learn more about the Linked BA/BS-MPP Degree Program

Teacher Certification
Economics majors and minors may qualify for teacher education certification. Click here for the College of Education disclosure for teacher and administrator certification.  This website includes contact information for the Michigan Department of Education office that handles certification issues and the link to the online certification system portal.  It also includes an invitation to teacher certification candidates to contact a College of Education advisor for any assistance with certification questions.  All questions about the certification should be addressed to a College of Education advisor.

For More Information
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to common questions. 


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