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Degree Requirements

NOTE: The degree requirements listed below are applicable to all students entering during academic year 2016-2017. Students who entered during a previous academic year should view the degree requirements in their entering year catalog in the catalog archives. Students who wish to switch to the 2016-17 major and minor requirements should submit a new Declaration of Major or Declaration of Minor form to the M Center.

Economics Major  
Concentration in International Markets and Policy
Economics Minor | BA/MBA | BA/MA Applied Economics

Economics Major
(a minimum of 44 semester course credits)

Required:

ECON 050 Introduction to Economics (4)

ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (4)

ECON 100 Microeconomic Theory (4)

ECON 101 Macroeconomic Theory (4)

Senior Requirement:

ECON 192 Senior Seminar (4)

And select 24 additional semester course credits in economics.

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Concentration in International Markets and Policy
(a minimum of 56 semester course credits)

This concentration within the economics major seeks to equip students with: (1) a clear understanding of the global economy and its political framework; (2) language skills in a second (or additional) language; (3) strong quantitative skills; and (4) practical experience that will be applicable in global firms, in international organizations, in policy making, and in foreign service.

Required:

I. Languages (8 semester course credits)

A minimum of two semesters of study of languages other than English

  • Non-native speakers of English may opt for language courses specifically designed to improve their knowledge of English (with advisor approval).
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take more than the minimum number of language courses. Additional language courses are to be counted as electives outside the major.
II. Quantitative Reasoning (8 semester course credits)

ECON 081 Introductory Statistics (4)

ECON 164 Econometrics and Business Forecasting (4)

III. International Economics and Policy (23 semester course credits)

Six required courses:

ECON 050 Introduction to Economics (4)

ECON 100 Intermediate Microeconomics (4)

ECON 101 Intermediate Macroeconomics (4)

ECON 155 International Trade (4)

ECON 159 Economic Development (4)

GOVT 087 Political Economy (3)

Three electives from the courses listed below. The course grouping is for convenience only; the three courses need not come from the same subgroup. To ensure completion of the economics major requirements, at least two must be economics courses. A second practicum (ECON 188, see description in V. below) may be used to substitute for one of the courses on this list.

For students with an interest in financial services or regulatory policy:

ECON 113 Money and Financial Institutions (4)

ECON 116 Corporate Finance (4)

ECON 118 Financial Derivatives (4)

ECON 136 Managerial Economics (4)

ECON 158 International Financial Markets (4)

For students with an interest in international policy:

ECON 160 Economics of Oil (3)

ECON 161 Migration and the Economy (4)

ETHS 047 The "Third World": Colonialism and Globalization (3)

GOVT 141 Politics of Developing Nations (3)

For students with an interest in research methods:

ECON 182 Modeling and Data Analysis (4)

PPOL 116 Qualitative Methods in Policy Research (3)

For students with an interest in environmental sustainability:

ECON 153 Environmental Economics (4)

ECON 160 Economics of Oil (3)

ETHS 112 Race, Gender, and the Environment (3)

PPOL 150 Environmental Policy Analysis (3)

IV. Senior Seminar (4)

ECON 190 Senior Seminar in Economics (4)

V. Practical Experience (3)

ECON 188 International Economics Practicum (3)

  • May be taken twice for credit. Only one practicum is required for the concentration, but a second is highly encouraged.
  • Requirement can be fulfilled with an internship abroad, a domestic internship focused on the global economy, or advisor-approved participation in a study abroad program. Students fulfilling the practicum requirement through study abroad will earn course credits for the transferable courses taken abroad but not for the practicum itself.
  • Economics Minor
    (a minimum of 22 semester course credits)

    Required:

    ECON 050 Introduction to Economics (4)

    ECON 081 Statistics (4)

    ECON 100 Microeconomic Theory (4) or
    ECON 101 Macroeconomic Theory (4)

    And select 3 upper-division course credits in economics.

    BA/MBA Program

    The Mills College Accelerated Degree Program allows majors in economics and other fields to earn both a BA and an MBA. The program is designed to be completed in five years, with all requirements for the BA degree completed during the first four years.

    Four-year Mills economics majors should declare their intention to enter the BA/MBA Program in their junior year. Transfers and majors in other fields should declare their intention two years before graduation to ensure that they have time to complete the following prerequisite courses:

    Microeconomics and Macroeconomics

    ECON 100 Microeconomic Theory (4)

    ECON 101 Macroeconomic Theory (4)

    Financial and Managerial Accounting

    ECON 073 Financial Accounting (3) 

    ECON 115 Managerial Accounting (3)

    Statistics and Econometrics

    ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (4)

    ECON 164 Econometrics and Business
    Forecasting (4)

    Managerial Economics

    ECON 136 Managerial Economics (4)

    ECON 116 Corporate Finance (4)

    An intensive summer internship between the fourth and fifth years of the program, along with the prerequisite courses, provides the necessary work and academic experience for the fifth-year MBA classes. Undergraduates are not eligible to take graduate courses in this program for credit toward their BA degrees.

    For more information see the BA/MBA Program in the Graduate Catalog.

    BA/MA Applied Economics Program

    The Mills College Accelerated Degree Program allows majors in economics and other fields to earn both a BA and an MAE. The program is designed to be completed with one additional year of study after completion of the bachelor’s degree. Non-Mills students and recent Mills alumni may apply to this program as well. Find more information about the application and deadlines as well as the online application.

    Economics majors should declare their intention to enter the BA/MAE Program in their junior year to ensure that they have time to complete the following foundation courses. Students in any other major should consult an economics advisor in their junior year to discuss a course plan.

    Foundation Courses

    ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (4)

    ECON 100 Microeconomic Theory (4)

    ECON 101 Macroeconomic Theory (4)

    ECON 164 Econometrics and Business Forecasting (4)

    MATH 47 Calculus I (3)

    MATH 48 Calculus II (3)

    MATH 49 Multivariable Calculus or MATH 4 Discrete Mathematics (4)

    CS 63 Introduction to Computer Science (4)

    CS 64 Computer Concepts and Intermediate Programming (4)

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    Last Updated: 4/15/16