Economics Program Offerings

Recommended Courses - Economics Electives and Business Electives

Please consult with your faculty advisor before finalizing your elective courses - the recommendations given below are meant to be helpful hints in planning your coursework.

B.B.A. Economics Major Offerings

General business economics students will focus on applications in business and public policy issues. General business economics supports careers in fields such as banking, business analysis, insurance services, and marketing research. This emphasis is also a solid foundation for graduate programs.

REQUIRED COURSES

The upper-division economics course selected as part of the core requirements cannot count as an economics major course.

Quantitative group - choose one:

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This emphasis supports careers such as real estate agent, commercial and residential appraiser, mortgage broker, commercial lender, urban planner, title examiner, location specialist, REIT manager, and regional developer. In addition to the required courses listed as follows, it is highly recommended that students take ECO 490 - Economics Internship in real estate work and ECO 385/GPY 385. Students who obtain the economics B.B.A. with the real estate emphasis must take the following courses.

REQUIRED COURSES

The upper-division economics course selected as part of the core requirements cannot count as an economics major course.

Quantitative group - choose one:

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The undergraduate honors emphasis in economics is for students pursuing a B.B.A. degree in business economics. Students must achieve a minimum 3.2 GPA in their economics courses and a 3.2 GPA in their overall degree to receive the honors emphasis designation. Courses cannot be taken on a credit/no-credit basis. The Honors program does not add to the length of a degree in Economics, but instead requires specific classes in place of some of the elective credit hours. Students are required to complete the following classes:

Quantitative group - choose one:

All business core courses acquaint you with various fields in business and help you learn to communicate, to interact, and to assume responsible positions in your chosen field.

For the B.B.A., you must complete the following courses.

Students are required to select one class from the following list. This course may count toward the major or minor if applicable.

 

REQUIRED BUSINESS ELECTIVES

Three upper-division business courses are not applied to the major or minor (nine credits total). However, these courses can be applied toward a second business major if one is declared.

 

ELECTIVES

Students may elect nonbusiness or business courses to fulfill their elective course requirements. Students may apply up to six hours of internship and independent research credit, in any combination, toward their degree requirements. Business majors may not take any of the major courses, except the internship and study abroad courses, on a credit/no-credit basis.

 

B.S. or B.A. Economics Major Offerings

Economics majors may earn a B.S. or B.A., while business economic majors may earn a B.B.A. degree. Completion of the B.A. degree requires demonstrated third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Students who wish to earn a B.B.A. in business economics should consult the business section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

Majors earning a B.S. or B.A. must complete 30 hours of economics, including:

Because economics is a department in the Seidman College of Business, students must achieve a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, have completed 55 semester hours, and achieved a 2.5 or higher combined GPA in ECO 210ECO 211, and STA 215 to be admitted to the economics program. To graduate, upper-division economics majors must achieve a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA and a 2.5 minimum GPA in all economics courses. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 will not be permitted to take additional 300- and 400-level economics or business courses. However, such students may repeat 300- and 400-level economics and business courses for which they received a low grade. Students may repeat up to three different economics and business courses in their undergraduate career, but no single economics or business course can be repeated more than once. Exceptions are made only with the approval of the associate dean of the Seidman College of Business. Economics majors are eligible to participate in the business internship program.

Students who plan to enter a graduate program in economics or a related field are highly encouraged to take the following courses: MTH 201MTH 202MTH 203, and MTH 204. These students should also consider a mathematics or statistics minor and consult with their advisors at an early date to explore alternatives and plan their coursework.

Social studies group majors who choose an emphasis area in economics should make their economics course selections with the advice of an economics faculty member.

The undergraduate honors emphasis in economics is for students pursuing a B.S., B.A., or B.B.A. degree in economics. Students must achieve a minimum 3.2 GPA in their economics courses and a 3.2 GPA overall to receive the honors emphasis designation. Courses cannot be taken on a credit/no-credit basis. The Honors program does not add to the length of a degree in Economics, but instead requires specific classes in place of some of the elective credit hours. Students are required to complete the following classes, with an honors section of either ECO 210ECO 211, or both (honors-designated sections require good standing with the Meijer Honors College or a 3.5 GPA overall):

Additional Economics Degree Opportunities



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