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Undergraduate Programs

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.

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. 

The Department of Economics will consider exceptions to the enrollment policy for students who can demonstrate that additional 400-level EC courses are necessary to fulfill academic requirements or future academic or professional goals.  Students seeking an exception must submit their request and reasoning in writing to advising@econ.msu.edu.

Michigan State University Department of Economics