Oct 20, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Economics (B.A.)


Program: B.A.
Department of Political Science  
College of Liberal Arts 

Neff Hall Room 340 ~ 260-481-6497


Economics is the study of the rational allocation of scarce resources.  This major seeks to develop critical skills that will help you understand and solve problems in a wide variety of circumstances. These analytical abilities are valuable in the business world and many professional disciplines such as law and social work.

This program is offered in close cooperation with the Department of Economics and Finance in the Richard T. Doermer School of Business and Management Sciences, which offers the economics courses required for the major.  Students are advised by the faculty of the Department of Economics and Finance.

For details on pursuing a secondary education second degree (BSEd) to teach Economics in middle school/high school, click on the links to the Secondary Education - Second Degree  Program and the School of Education page in this catalog.  Note:  The BSEd as a second degree in these programs cannot be earned without completion of the bachelor’s degree in the content area from the College of Liberal Arts.  See Program Requirements below for a link to the Secondary Education - Second Degree 4-Year Plan.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this degree, students will:

  • be able to explain economic behavior in a variety of settings using economic concepts and theories;
  • develop critical analytical skills to assist with solving problems in a variety of circumstances;
  • develop the ability to employ basic statistical and econometric methods in the analysis of economic data.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus

Declaring this Major:

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:


Economics (B.A.) 4-Year Plan :

  • A grade of C- or higher in all department courses required for the major and an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses required in the major.
  • Correspondence courses may not be used to satisfy any of the requirements for this major.

Economics (B.A.) with Secondary Education 4-Year Plan :


To earn the B.A. with a major in Economics, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above:

General Education Requirements: Credits 33


  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details.
  • Some majors may require particular General Education courses as specified in their program description.  Up to six credits of approved General Education courses satisfying requirements in Areas A and B, and three credits satisfying requirements in Area C, may originate in the major.  A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.

College of Liberal Arts Course Requirements


Click on the PFW College of Liberal Arts link above for detailed information on college requirements.

Introduction to the Liberal Arts: Credits 3


International Language: Credits 12


You must complete two courses at the first-year level and two courses at the second-year level in a single international language or in American Sign Language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency).  Click on the PFW College of Liberal Arts link above for more details.

Thematic Requirements: Credits 15


Students will take one course in each of these five areas to ensure that they have an opportunity to deepen their traditional liberal arts education while also preparing for a culturally diverse, technologically advanced, and increasingly globalized and complex world:

  1. Gender, Sexuality, Race, and/or Ethnicity:  Credits 3
  2. Conflict and Cooperation:  Credits 3
  3. Institutions and Behavior:  Credits 3
  4. Regional/Geographic Study:  Credits 3
  5. Digital Humanities/Public Humanities:  Credits 3
  • A single course may not be used to fulfill more than one of the five thematic requirements. 
  • Courses taken to fulfill the five thematic requirements must come from courses offered under at least three different course prefixes.
  • At least one course must come from the list of courses approved as dealing exclusively or primarily with a Non-Western culture or cultures.

List of Courses for the COLA Thematic Requirements 

Additional Economics Courses: Credits 9


  • Choose from 3000+ or 4000+ level Economics courses
  • Other courses approved by the Economics faculty may be approved
  • At least two of the courses chosen must be completed at Purdue Fort Wayne

General Electives


  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120

Total Credits: 120


Student Responsibility


You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.