College of Arts and Sciences

BA in Economics

Our economics program prepares you for a wide variety of careers in governmental and nonprofit organizations, business, law, public administration, and foreign services.

About the Major


Our economics program is a good match if you want to pursue graduate work in economics, business, public administration, or the law. Our courses are designed to provide you with a strong understanding of the economic aspect of society.

Degree Requirements

You must complete a total of 36 credits that includes 15 credits of required courses, and 21 credits in upper-division economics and related fields.

Required courses

Examples of required courses include:

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis  
  • Managerial Economics
  • Business Statistics    

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Additional Requirements

You select your elective courses in consultation with your advisor to fit your interests and career objectives. Up to 6 credits may be selected in the related fields of quantitative methods and finance to fulfill requirements for economics electives. Examples of electives include:

  • Women in Economy  
  • The Economics of Public Policy
  • Economics of Money, Banking, and Financial Markets  
  • Environmental Economics  

For more information, and to see a complete list of additional degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Minor Requirements

The minor requires you to complete two courses in the Principles of Macroeconomics which introduces you to macroeconomic theory relating to the collective economic roles of consumers, businesses, and governments. In addition, you must complete 12 additional credits in economics.

For more information, and to see a complete list of minor requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts in Economics students will:

  • Make use of appropriate data and economic theories to analyze economic questions.
  • Effectively communicate economic concepts and ideas orally and in writing.
  • Think critically and become skilled in the logic of economics.  

Nate Carr

Economics , '21

Nate Carr ’21 came to UHart with a diverse skill set that made it a daunting task for him to narrow down his passions and interests into a single area of study. He decided his best option was to enter UHart as an exploratory—or undecided—student to help him experience a variety of courses that complement his strengths, and help him pinpoint the area that would best fit his talents. 

Nate says he realized that deciding on a major didn’t limit his college experience. Rather, it motivated him to reach out to the campus community and learn that he can still be involved in his interests while pursuing his education. Read more.

Economics Professor Jane Horvath said an economics degree would offer me plenty of open doors after graduation. I wanted a major that gave me the opportunity to make an impact."

Vania Lagall ‘16 2L

Economics and International Studies,

Legall is a second year law student at University of Connecticut School of Law. Originally from Guyana, she is passionate about sustainable economic and social development especially in the Caribbean Basin and other less developed parts of the world. She says her internships with U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, the Embassy of Guyana, and a variety of different legal offices have helped her to develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences to achieve her goals.

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