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Economics is both a social science discipline and a framework for analyzing production, consumption, and distribution decisions. The goal of the undergraduate curriculum is to offer students the theoretical background necessary to understand business and policy issues, as well as the quantitative and analytical skills necessary to evaluate these issues independently. The Economics Department offers courses that explore topics such as unemployment, inflation, production and distribution, economic growth, environmental issues, poverty, urban and regional development, international trade, labor issues, economic history, and international economic relations.
Courses emphasize the need for accurate knowledge of business institutions and economic phenomena, for theories capable of explaining these phenomena, for estimating relationships among economic variables, and for testing explanations.
Graduates with a major in economics are solidly prepared for employment in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, or for advanced studies in business, law, and economics.
DePaul offers Economics as both a major and minor field of study through both the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Driehaus College of Business. An Honors Track option is available to economic majors in both colleges. In addition, the Department of Economics offers the Combined Bachelors+Masters of Science in Economics and Policy Analysis.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Liberal Studies Requirements||80|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Define economic concepts needed to analyze issues in the popular press.
- Identify the function of key economic institutions, such as the Federal Reserve System.
- Employ an economic theory or model to analyze the impact of changes in economic variables.
- Assess the potential impact of government interventions on individuals, markets, and/or the macroeconomy.
- Gain exposure to the application of economic concepts/models in a variety of fields within economics (e.g., Labor Economics, Health Economics, Urban Economics, Development Economics, History of Economic Thought, etc.).
College Core Requirements
Study in the Major Field
The student’s course of study in the College consists of three parts: Liberal Studies, the major field, and electives. Together these three parts contribute to the liberal education of the student which is the common purpose of all study in the College. By “liberal education” the College understands not only a deep and thorough knowledge of a particular area of study but a knowledge of the diverse areas of study represented by criticism, history, the arts, the behavioral and social sciences, philosophy, religious studies, the natural science, and mathematics.
The major field program generally is built upon a set of core courses and a specialized “concentration.” The number of courses required for a major varies by department. Most students go beyond the minimum requirements, electing additional courses which both broaden and deepen their understanding of their chosen discipline.
Because no academic major program is built in isolation, students are required to pursue a number of electives of the student’s choice. The inherent flexibility of this curriculum demands that the student consult an academic advisor at each stage in the total program and at least once prior to each registration.
Students will be prompted to visit the College Office for their official graduation check early in their senior year.
Declaration of Major, Minor and Concentration
All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor in the major field department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.
Students must declare or change majors, minors, and concentrations, via Campus Connection. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.
The Modern Language Requirement (MLR)
All students will be required to demonstrate competence in a modern language (i.e., a language other than English) equivalent to the proficiency attained from one year of college-level language study. This Modern Language Requirement (MLR) may be demonstrated by:
- placing into 104 or above on the DePaul language placement exam
- completing the last course or earning AP/IB credit for the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language (e.g. 103 for DePaul language classes)
- completing a college course or earning AP/IB credit for a college course beyond the first-year level in any language (e.g. 104 or above for DePaul language classes)
- completing the final course of a four-year sequence of the same modern language in high school*
- completing a proctored exam by BYU and passing the exam (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
- completing a proctored Written Proficiency Test (WPT) by Language Testing International (LTI) and achieving a score of Beginner High or above (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
*Students are strongly encouraged to take the DePaul language placement exam even if they have met the MLR via study of a language in high school. This will ensure continuation of language study at the proper level.
Students who complete an Inter-College Transfer (ICT) to the College will abide by the MLR in place on the effective date of the ICT, regardless of when they first matriculated at DePaul.
Students who have met the MLR and wish to pursue further work in the language may elect the “Modern Language Option” (see below).
The Modern Language Option (MLO)
The Modern Language Option is available to all BA students who wish to study a modern language beyond the level required by their College, and to all other undergraduate students without a modern language requirement who wish to study a language at any level.
Students selecting the MLO may substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.
The three MLO substitutions must be made in three different domains, and any substitutions must be consistent with the principle that students complete at least one course in each learning domain.
MLO substitutions may not be used to replace the Scientific Inquiry—Lab or Scientific Inquiry—Science as a Way of Knowing requirement.
Students majoring in one modern language may use the Modern Language Option for study of a second language at the Intermediate level or above.
NOTE: Please contact your college/school regarding additional information and restrictions about the Modern Language Option.
External Credit and Residency
A student who has been admitted to the College begins residency within the college as of the first day of classes of the term in which the student is registered. Students in residence, whether attending on a full-time or part-time basis, may not take courses away from DePaul University without the written permission of the college. Permission must be obtained in advance of registration to avoid loss of credit or residency in the college; see the LAS website for more information.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.
|First Year Program||Hours|
|LSP 110 |
or LSP 111
|DISCOVER CHICAGO |
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
|LSP 112||FOCAL POINT SEMINAR||4|
|WRD 103||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1||4|
|WRD 104||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1||4|
|Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy|
|Multiculturalism in the US|
|LSP 200||SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES||4|
|ECO 395||CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN ECONOMICS 1,2||4|
Students must earn a C- or better in this course.
A student whose only major is Economics is required to complete the Capstone offered by the Economics Department. A student who is double majoring (or pursuing dual degrees) with the primary major (or primary degree) in Economics may substitute the Capstone of the secondary major or degree. An Economics major in the University Honors Program shall take only the University Honors Capstone, not both the Honors Capstone and the Economics Capstone.
- 3 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 3 Courses Required
[1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course-MAT 135 recommended]
- 1 Course Required
Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.
In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.
|ECO 105||PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS||4|
|ECO 106||PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS||4|
|ECO 305||INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS||4|
|ECO 306||INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMICS||4|
|Select eight additional 300-level or higher Economics Electives. ECO 101, ECO 250, ECO 393, and ECO 395 may not be used as Economics Electives towards a major or minor in Economics.||32|
|MAT 136||BUSINESS CALCULUS II||4|
|MAT 137||BUSINESS STATISTICS (or an equivalent statistics course approved by an Economics advisor)||4|
MAT 135 is not a requirement for the major but its successful completion is a prerequisite for MAT 136. MAT 135 is approved to count for the Liberal Studies Program’s Scientific Inquiry-Elective learning domain.
Focus Areas for Economics Majors/Minors
The Economics major requires students to complete principles of micro- and macroeconomics, intermediate micro- and macroeconomic theory, 2 terms of calculus, and 1 term of statistics. While the program does not require students to select a particular concentration for their studies, students may want to focus the selection of their economics electives to match their academic and future career interests. The department recommends the following Focus Areas as an advising tool for students to use in their course selection. In addition to the courses listed below, the department offers Special Topics courses [ECO 398] that may be relevant to one or more of the Focus Areas.
|Business Strategy||For students interested in understanding how market competition and government regulation affects the behavior of business.||Pricing/Revenue Analyst; Business Development Analyst; Consulting; Risk Analyst|
|International Economics||For students interested in understanding how international markets work, how businesses handle international operations, and how countries develop trade and development policies.||International Trade Analyst; International Business Development; Positions with multinational companies related to their overseas operations|
|Data Analytics||For students interested in enhancing their data analytical skills beyond the basic statistic requirement. This FA is a good complement to all other FAs as data analytics is used in many types of occupations.||Consulting; Data Analyst; Research Analyst|
|Economic Policy and Market Analysis||For students interested in government policy and its effect on the economy.||Economics Analyst (federal, state, and local government agencies); Policy Analyst; Legislative Liaison|
|Preparation for PhD in Economics||For students interested in pursuing a PhD in Economics||A Ph.D. in Economics is needed for academic and research-based employment in think tanks and government agencies|
|MANAGERIAL DECISION MAKING|
|MARKET STRUCTURE AND REGULATION OF BUSINESS 1|
|SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT|
|GAME THEORY 1|
|SPECIAL TOPICS (Business Strategy)|
|EUROPEAN ECONOMIC HISTORY|
|RADICAL RESPONSES TO CAPITALISM|
|TOPICS IN GLOBAL ECONOMIES|
|UNDERSTANDING CHINA'S ECONOMY|
|DEVELOPMENT OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT 1|
|ECONOMICS OF LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES|
|INTERNATIONAL MONETARY ECONOMICS|
Note: Students may want to add a language to this FA.
|EXPLORING ECONOMICS & STATISTICS THROUGH SPORTS|
|INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMETRICS|
|TIME SERIES ANALYSIS 1|
Economic Policy and Market Analysis
|THE CHICAGO ECONOMY|
|ECONOMICS OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR 1|
|LABOR ECONOMICS AND ORGANIZATION|
|LAW & ECONOMICS|
|SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT|
|BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS 1|
|AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY|
Preparation for PhD in Economics
- ECO 375
- Courses from any of the FA would be appropriate especially advanced electives1
- Regular calculus sequence (MAT 150/MAT 151/MAT 152) rather than the business calculus sequence (MAT 135/MAT 136).
- Note: students may want to consider the combined bachelor's/master's program to take graduate economics course in their senior year.
Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.
Students are encouraged to use their open electives to minor or double major in a complementary field of study. A student’s specific interest in economics will dictate the best choice of a minor or double major.