Economics B.A. with a Concentration in Methods and Models

The B.A. in Economics provides a basis for professional work in business and government or for graduate study. In addition, the B.A. in Economics complements many other areas of study, such as political science, history, or mathematics, as part of a double major. The Methods and Models concentration is intended for students who are considering the pursuit of graduate training in economics, business or finance. Students should consult with their academic adviser for help in determining which concentration will best suit their goals for future study or career.

Degree Requirements

A major in Economics with Concentration in Methods and Models is achieved by completion of the following requirements, in addition to the General Education and electives required for a degree:

Required Core Courses

ECO 301Intermediate Macroeconomics

1 Course Credit

ECO 302Intermediate Microeconomics

1 Course Credit

ECO 250Applied Statistics

1 Course Credit

ECO 350Econometrics

1 Course Credit

NOTE: Knowledge of ECO 101 and ECO 102 will be required for admission to ECO 301 and ECO 302. This may be accomplished by waiving these courses by Advanced Standing examination, by transfer credit, or by successful completion of ECO 101 and ECO 102.

Required Capstone Course

ECO 310Research in Economics I

1/2 Course Credit

ECO 410Research in Economics II

1/2 Course Credit

ECO 310 and ECO 410: 1/2 credit

Required Distribution Courses

Three (3) additional ECO courses at the 300 level or above

Required Collateral Courses

MAT 135Calculus I

1 Course Credit

MAT 135: or waiver

Two courses selected from

MAT 214Linear Algebra

1 Course Credit

MAT 225Calculus II

1 Course Credit

MAT 311Probability

1 Course Credit

MAT 312Operations Research

1 Course Credit

MAT 330Calculus III

1 Course Credit

MAT 437Differential Equations

1 Course Credit


MAT 438Statistics

1 Course Credit

See “Other Considerations and Recommendations,” to follow.

Exploring the Major— Students considering Economics as a major should begin exploring the discipline through the Program’s introductory courses—ECO 101 and ECO 102, and through various Special Topics courses offered during regular or summer terms. Also, because mathematics is a significant component of the Economics major with a Concentration in Methods and Models, prospective students are encouraged to explore math courses as well.

Admission to the Major— No special curricular requirements must be met for admission into this major.

Course Sequencing Considerations (in order to complete degree requirements within eight terms)— Prospective Economics majors should: 1) Complete the Developmental Mathematics requirement, if applicable, as soon as possible because this is a prerequisite for both ECO 101 and ECO 102, which are the foundational courses for Economics, and one or both are therefore required for any 300-level ECO course. 2) Continue on with the Mathematics sequence, completing or waiving MAT 115, 125, and 135, the latter of which is a required collateral course. These Mathematics courses serve as prerequisites for core courses required of Economics majors. In addition, they serve as prerequisites for two additional required math collaterals. MAT 115 also serves as one of the prerequisites for ECO 250, one of the core courses in the major, which must be taken prior to ECO 350, also a core course. It is also vital to complete or waive MAT 135 as early as possible because it is a prerequisite for the other three core courses in the Economics major. Junior standing is preferred for ECO 310 and senior standing for ECO 410. Students may enroll in up to two program Internship experiences for a maximum of three credits. However, no more than one credit from Internships may be counted toward the major requirements.

Proficiency Requirements for Retention in and Completion of the Major— In addition to completing specified course requirements, each student must satisfy program standards for written and oral communication. For more about these standards, please see the Program’s website. Opportunities to do so are provided in a number of courses throughout the curriculum. The Program also requires that a majority of courses taken to satisfy major and minor degree requirements must be taken at Berea College.

Other Considerations and Recommendations— The selection of collateral courses in Mathematics depends to some extent on the intended graduate-school emphasis. For those students interested in an applied program or a program with a policy emphasis, such as urban studies or public administration, MAT 135 should be supplemented by MAT 225 and MAT 312. For graduate programs that are more theoretical, MAT 135 (or waiver), MAT 214, MAT 225, and MAT 311 are a minimum; and MAT 330, MAT 437, and MAT 438 are strongly recommended.