B.A. in Economics

42 units

Economists study how society creates and allocates value among its members, including the supply and demand decisions of individuals and firms, the market structure and competitive conditions of particular industries, and the effects of policy changes on business and social decisions. National economic growth, the structure of domestic and international economic systems, employment and wage conditions, and the availability of financial resources are also significant issues. Economics also examines how social and economic conditions are changing in the developing world, and how small- and large-scale efforts can improve the living conditions of people. At APU, students may choose from among a broad range of economics course offerings.

Career Opportunities

Economics teaches students to think critically and analytically and prepares them to address complex problems in a wide variety of settings. Graduates may work as business or policy analysts, or in such diverse fields as law, journalism, education, nongovernmental and mission organizations, and international affairs. Students interested in graduate study in economics will benefit from taking additional mathematics courses.

Economics Core

21 units

The core requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in Economics provide students with grounding in the primary areas of the discipline and an understanding of the basics of economic behavior. All students with an economics major must complete the common economics core in the table below.


The economics major comprises 42 units. Students must attain a minimum C- grade in all courses required for the major. Students must achieve an average GPA of 2.5 in the courses counted for the economics major (this includes the Economics Core).

Economics Core
ECON 250Principles of Macroeconomics 33
ECON 251Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 350Intermediate Macroeconomics (F)3
ECON 351Intermediate Microeconomics (S)3
ECON 458Economics and Religion (S)3
MATH 130Introduction to Statistics 13
MATH 151Applied Calculus I3
Economics Electives
Select seven of the following:21
Financial Markets and Institutions (F)
Health Economics
Environmental Economics (F/O)
Labor Economics (F/E)
Economics of the Developing World (S/E)
Urban and Regional Economics (S) 2
Comparative Economics (F)
International Trade and Finance (S)
Econometrics (S)
Microfinance and Microenterprise (S/O)
Industrial Organization and Regulation (F)
Total Units42
F Offered in Fall
S Offered in Spring
F/O Offered in Fall, odd years
F/E Offered in Fall, even years
S/O Offered in Spring, odd years
S/E Offered in Spring, even years