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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, B.A.

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In addition to adhering to the UC Merced and School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts requirements, the Economics major requires 48 units (some of which simultaneously fulfill general education requirements). Courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade and may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis unless the course is only offered on a pass/no pass basis. Students must complete all major course prerequisites with a C-or better.

Lower Division Major Requirements [16 Units]

One introductory course chosen from the following: [4 units]

One statistics course chosen from the following: [4 units]

One calculus course from the following: [4 units]

  • [4 units] or equivalent

  • Meets the Quantitative Reasoning General Education requirement.


Upper Division Major Requirements [32 Units]


Students are encouraged to choose one of the following two Specializations, each requiring three upper division courses [12 units] that also may satisfy the five course upper-division Economics course requirement:

Transfer Students

Transfer students planning to major in Economics should complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) at their community college. Transfer students may not be admitted to the Economics major without specific major preparation. Please contact the Office of Admissions for current information

Economics Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students majoring in Economics will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of organizations and institutions in a society, the impact of organizations and institutions on the economic environment and outcomes, and how incentives influence individual and organizational behavior and performance.
  2. Recognize and describe how government actions affect economic performance and how economic interests influence government decisions.
  3. Design and conduct research that will inform managerial and policy decision making, including the collection, analysis and interpretation of data using familiar software packages.
  4. Define problems and identify multifaceted explanations for complex economic phenomena by using information and data from multiple sources to answer the questions at hand.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking about the information encountered, whether it is in coursework or reported in the media.
  6. Communicate clearly and cogently in written and oral form using modern technology.

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