Economics Department

BA - Economics

A general and flexible program to allow for a variety of student objectives.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

All courses required in the major (Core, Area Courses, and major electives) must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-".

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements50
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions12
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
AMS 001A. American CivilizationC1+D26
AMS 001B. American CivilizationC2+D3+US1236
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
ECON 100W (preferred) or any other 100W
Requirements of the Major48
Core Courses20
ECON 001A. Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics4
ECON 001B. Principles of Economics: MicroeconomicsD14
ECON 003. Economic Statistics4
ECON 101. Microeconomic Analysis4
ECON 102. Macroeconomic Analysis4
Area Courses16
Select four courses from at least two of the following areas.
History and Development
ECON 112. Economic Development4
ECON 113A. Economic History of the United States4
ECON 113B. Economic History of Europe4
ECON 158. Economics of Entrepreneurship4
ECON 190. History of Economic Thought4
International and Finance
ECON 135. Money and Banking4
ECON 136. International Economics4
ECON 137A. Fundamentals of Corporate Finance4
ECON 137B. Topics in Corporate Finance4
ECON 139. Principles of Investments4
Public Policy Economics
ECON 121. Industrial Organization4
ECON 132. Public Finance4
ECON 141. Law and Economics4
ECON 151. Labor Economics4
ECON 166. Urban Economics4
Quantitative Methods
ECON 103. Introduction to Econometrics4
ECON 104. Mathematical Methods for Economics4
ECON 108. Cost-Benefit Analysis4
ECON 138. Business and Economic Forecasting4
ECON 195. Computational Methods for Economics4
Economic Electives12
Select 100-level courses within the Economics Department.
University Electives22-23
A minor in a field recommended by the advisor is encouraged.
22 units of electives for students who take ECON 100W, 23 units for non-econ 100W

Total Units:120