Thirty-six credits in economics must be earned. Within the 36 credits the student must include ECNS 201S, 202S, 301, 302, 403 and 481, and seventeen elective economics credits numbered 300 or above. Credits earned through internships (ECNS 398) do NOT count toward the 36-credit requirement. Effective Fall Semester 2017, the senior-thesis sequence is replaced by ECNS 481 and one additional upper-division economics elective. The following courses in other departments may be counted as part of the 36 economics credits required for the undergraduate degree: GPHY 323S (Economic Geography of Rural Areas), PSCI 336 (European Union), PSCI 365 (Public Policy Issues and Analysis), PSCI 431 (Politics of Global Migration) and FOR 320 (Forest Economics). Students should take ECNS 301 and ECNS 302 before the senior year.
Non-economics courses required for the undergraduate degree are:
- M 115 (must be taken before ECNS 301)
- M 162 or 171-172 (must be taken before ECNS 301)
- STAT 216 or an equivalent (must be taken before ECNS 403)
The student must pass WRIT 101 with a grade of "C-" or above.
A helpful guide for students who are considering graduate study in economics is Mathematics for Economics Majors. Students planning graduate study in economics should take ECNS 560 and M 171 and M 172 and consider M 221, M 307 and ECNS 511 and ECNS 513.
The Economics major allows students a great deal of flexibility in choosing courses. Students must earn 36 credits in economics courses. These credits include:
- The four core courses of Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Micro with Calculus and Intermediate Macroeconomics (12 credits).
- In their junior or senior year, students take Introduction to Econometrics, which teaches students the advanced statistical tools used in economics (4 credits).
- In their senior year, students take the capstone/advanced writing course, Communicating Economics.
In addition, students choose six economics elective courses and must take four non-economics required courses (Math and English).
To earn a minor in economics the student must complete the four core courses, Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Micro with Calculus and Intermediate Macroeconomics and an additional six credits of upper-division economics courses (18 credits).
Teacher Preparation in Economics
- Major Teaching Field of Economics: For an endorsement in the major teaching field of economics, a student must complete the requirements for a B.A. with a major in economics.
- Minor Teaching Field of Economics: For an endorsement in the minor teaching field of Economics, a student must complete ECNS 201S, 202S, 301, 302, two upper-division Economics electives and EDU 497 (C&I 428).
- Students must also gain admission to Teacher Education and Student Teaching and meet the requirements for certification as a secondary teacher. (See the School of Education)
- The demand in Montana high schools for teaching of courses in economics is limited. Students should complete another endorsement (major or minor) in a field other than drama, geography, journalism, psychology or sociology.