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Special Degree Requirements

Thirty-six credits in economics must be earned. Within the 36 credits the student must include ECNS 201S, 202S, 301, 302, 403, 488, 494 and 499, and fourteen elective economics credits numbered 300 or above. Three credits of ECNS 101S may be counted toward the additional fourteen credits of upper-division economics courses if taken before attaining junior status. A maximum of four credits of ECNS 486 and none of the ECNS 398 credits may count toward the 36-credit requirement. The following courses may be counted as part of the 36 economics credits required for the undergraduate degree: GPHY 323S, PSCI 365, FOR 320, FOR 520.  The student should take ECNS 301 and ECNS 302 before the senior year.

Non-economics courses required for the undergraduate degree are:

  • M 115 (should be taken before ECNS 301)
  • M 162 or 171-172 (should be taken before ECNS 301)
  • STAT 216 or an equivalent (should be taken before ECNS 403)

The student must pass WRIT 101 with a grade of "C-" or above.

A helpful guide for students who are considering graduate study in economics is Mathematics for Economics Majors. Students planning graduate study in economics should take ECNS 560 and M 171 and M 172 and consider M 221, M 307 and ECNS 511 and ECNS 513.


The Major

The Economics major allows students a great deal of flexibility in choosing courses. Students must earn 36 credits in economics courses. These credits include:

  • The four core courses of Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Micro with Calculus and Intermediate Macroeconomics.
  • In their junior or senior year, students take Introduction to Econometrics, which teaches students the advanced statistical tools used in economics.
  • In their senior year, students take a three-course capstone sequence that culminates in a Senior Thesis.

In addition, students choose five economics elective courses and must take four non-economics required courses (Math and English).


The Minor

To earn a minor in economics the student must complete the four core courses, Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Micro with Calculus and Intermediate Macroeconomics and an additional six credits of upper-division economics courses.


Teacher Preparation in Economics

  • Major Teaching Field of Economics: For an endorsement in the major teaching field of economics, a student must complete the requirements for a B.A. with a major in economics.
  • Minor Teaching Field of Economics: For an endorsement in the minor teaching field of Economics, a student must complete ECNS 201S, 202S, 301, 302, two upper-division Economics electives and EDU 497 (C&I 428).
  • Students must also gain admission to Teacher Education and Student Teaching and meet the requirements for certification as a secondary teacher. (See the School of Education)
  • The demand in Montana high schools for teaching of courses in economics is limited. Students should complete another endorsement (major or minor) in a field other than drama, geography, journalism, psychology or sociology.