Sep 22, 2019  
2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog

Economics


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Overview of Degree Requirements - B.A.

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A “C-” or better is required in all Economic Core Courses. A “C” or better is required in the capstone courses (ECO 489 or equivalent).

Other GPA requirements to graduate: Economics (ECO) coursework must be completed with a 2.0 or better cumulative average.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience:  ECO 489 or equivalent

Contact Information: Karen Moffett, School of Economics, 206 Winslow Hall, (207) 581-3154. 


Programs in the School of Economics emphasize the application of economic reasoning to public policy development and to private decision-making. The curriculum in economics includes courses that focus on the understanding of both American economic institutions and international economic institutions. The faculty of the School of Economics brings a broad set of experiences and perspectives that provide students with diverse learning opportunities. At the undergraduate level, the program strives to develop in students the analytic skills that will prepare them to succeed in a variety of career or advanced educational settings.

The Bachelor of Arts in Economics is a program that trains students in economic analysis and the functioning of economic institutions. The program emphasizes public economic policy, both domestic and international. The major offers students valuable preparation for a variety of career paths. Students may design their programs of study:

  1. for immediate entry upon graduation into business, government, or other employment;

  2. for graduate education leading to a business administration or law degree;

Students are required to work with their advisors on selecting appropriate economics electives in addition to the required economics core. Students are also encouraged to discuss career or graduate school preparation with their advisor.

The School of Economics believes strongly in interdisciplinary work and that economics is well suited for applied work in other fields.  Students in the B.A. Economics program are REQUIRED to complete a minor and/or double major. Some outside courses with a partial focus on economics may be counted as economics electives with prior approval.

B.A. Requirements


Students must complete a total of 27 credits in Human Values and Social Contexts, 12 credits of which must be at the 200 level or above. A minimum of 18 economics (i.e. ECO) credits must be completed through the University of Maine at the 300 level or higher.  Students must complete the following:

1. Economics Core Courses (19 credits)


2. Additional credit hours in ECO courses (21 credits)


A total of twenty-one (21) credit hours in ECO courses. A minimum of 12 credits must be at the 300 level or higher, 6 of which must be at the 400 level or higher (not counting the core above or capstone). 

 , and  , are strongly recommended for students considering graduate study in economics. 

3. Mathematics Requirement (3-4 credits)


One of the following:

5. Minor or Double Major Requirement (18 credits minimum)


Students completing the B.A. in Economics must have a minor or a double major.

6. Free Electives:


Students will utilize free electives to fill to 120 credits.

A Typical Four-year Program in Economics (B.A. ECO)


(Listed below is the sequence for economics courses. Students meet with their Faculty Advisor to fill in remaining schedule with General Education courses, free electives and other requirements.)

First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Fourth Year


  • ECO 489 - Senior Capstone Credits: 3 or other approved capstone
  • Economics Electives Credits:  3-9
  • Minor/Double Major Courses: 3-12 Credits

B.S. Requirements


Overview of Degree Requirements - B.S.

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A “C-” or better is required in all Economics Core Courses. A “C” or better is required in the capstone course (ECO 489 or equivalent).

Other GPA requirements to graduate: Economics (ECO) coursework must be completed with a 2.0  or better cumulative average.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience:  ECO 489 or equivalent

Contact Information: Karen Moffett, School of Economics, 206 Winslow Hall, (207) 581-3154.


Programs in the School of Economics emphasize the application of economic reasoning to public policy development and to private decision-making.  The curriculum in economics includes courses that focus on the understanding of both American economic institutions and international economic institutions.  The faculty of the School of Economics brings a broad set of experiences and perspectives that provide students with diverse learning opportunities.  At the undergraduate level, the program strives to develop in students the analytic skills that will prepare them to succeed in a variety of career or advanced educational settings.
The Bachelor of Science in Economics curriculum is designed to place a greater emphasis on analytical and mathematical techniques.  The major offers students valuable preparation for a variety of career paths.  Students may design their program of study:

1.  for immediate entry upon graduation into business, government, or other employment;

2.  for graduate education leading to a business administration or law degree;

3.  for graduate work in economics or related disciplines.

Students are required to work with their advisors on selecting appropriate economics electives in addition to the required economics core.  Students are also encouraged to discuss career or graduate school preparation with their advisor.

The School of Economics believes strongly in interdisciplinary work and that economics is well suited for applied work in other fields.  Students in the B.S. Economics program are SUGGESTED to complete minors and/or double majors.  Some outside courses with a partial focus on economics may be counted as economics electives with prior approval.

BS Requirements:


A minimum of 18 economics (i.e. ECO) credits must be completed through the University of Maine at the 300 level or higher.  Students must complete the following:

2. Additional Economic (ECO) Electives (24 credits)


Students are required to work with their advisor to select 24 credit hours of Economics Electives.  A minimum of 15 credit hours must be at the 300 level or above, 9 of which must be at the 400 level or higher.

3. Mathematics Requirement (3-4 credits)


One of the following:

5. Free Electives:


Students will utilize free electives to fill to 120 credits.

A Typical Four-year Program in Economics (B.S. ECO)


(Listed below is the sequence for economics courses. Students meet with their Faculty Advisor to fill in remaining schedule with General Education courses, free and concentration electives and other requirements.)

First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Fourth Year


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