Frequently Asked Questions about the Economics Program at GVSU
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Q: Do Business majors HAVE to take ECO 200 (Business Economics)?
A: No. ECO 200 can be used instead of taking both ECO 210 (Introductory Macroeconomics) AND ECO 211 (Introductory Microeconomics). Either option is permissible. However, if you are an economics major, you have to take 210 and 211. For a more detailed discussion of this issue, click here.
Q: What 300/400 level econ classes would be best for a marketing major?
A: Which classes are best for different majors depends on a lot of factors -- desired career path, personal strengths, individual interests, etc. We recommend that you come and talk to one of our faculty members -- perhaps somebody that you had in an introductory course. We are here to help you in your academic and lifetime careers, so please come in and ask for our advice!
Q: I have already taken the intro econ classes, but still have to take some more economics classes before I graduate. Can I take ECO 100 (Current Economic Issues) to satisfy my graduation requirements?
A: No. Students with any economics course at ECO 200 and above cannot take ECO 100 for credit.
Q: What is the difference between getting a B.A. and a B.S. with a major in economics?
A: The economics requirement for the two degrees is the same. However, to get the B.A. you also need demonstrated third-semester proficiency in a foreign language.
Q: I have taken 4 economics classes and 3 finance classes. Can I have these count as an economics/finance minor?
A: Sorry. There is no minor at GVSU in finance and a minor in economics requires 21 credit hours in economics including ECO 210 and 211 (as seen here). Economics minors are not allowed to substitute other courses (such as finance) in place of those economics credits.
Q: How can I get into a closed class?
A: Faculty in Seidman are not permitted to give closed class permits. Waiting lists for closed classes are maintained by the Seidman Undergraduate Student Services, 101B DeVos (331-7500). Under special circumstances that office may issue a closed class permit.
Q: Does an Economics major in the form of a B.A. or B.S. require a 2.75 GPA to enter the college of business and take upper level courses, or does it fall under a different set of requirements?
A: We have the same admission requirements for B.A., B.S., and B.B.A. majors. As stated in the GVSU Catalog: "Because economics is a department in the Seidman College of Business, students must achieve a 2.75 cumulative GPA and 55 semester hours to be admitted to the economics program."
Page last modified January 10, 2011