Undergraduate Pre-Economics Major

 

Your first step toward your future in economics.

The Pre-Economics major provides foundational courses and explores professional development opportunities. 

Pre-Economics students must apply to enter the upper-division BA Economics program, and are also required to complete a minor.


Pre-Economics Major Overview

Students intending to major in Economics and earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) through the Eller College of Management enter as a Pre-Economics major. During the Pre-Economics phase, students take introductory Pre-Economics Foundation courses and General Education courses, and begin exploring professional development opportunities. Students must have a 2.5 GPA, successfully complete required Pre-Economics Foundation Classes, and complete an application including a cover letter and resume in order to enter the upper-division phase of the BA Economics program. BA Economics students are also required to complete a Minor as part of their curriculum.  

Pre-Economics Advising and Professional Development

Every Eller Pre-Economics student has an assigned advisor to help with the academic and career questions that come up as you study here. You’ll also have access to highly personalized direction and counseling, so you can discover what’s possible with your economics education—from your first internship to your final career.

Meet David Calabrese, the Pre-Economics Advisor and Economics Career Coach


Pre-Economics Sample Coursework Plans

How your Eller Pre-Economics experience can play out:

This sample plan is based on 15-16 credits per semester, but you’ll also have to plan for your second language requirement and at least one class focused on gender, race, ethnicity or non-Western area studies. For a full list of official degree requirements, check out the University General Catalog. We also strongly recommend meeting with your academic advisor to create a plan specifically for you.

Freshman Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 101* First Year Composition  
MIS 111* Computers and Internetworked Society 
MIS 112* Computers and Internetworked Society Lab  
MATH 109C or 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications
Tier I General Education and/or Second Language  
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
1
3
3-7

Total

13-17    

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 102* First Year Composition  
MATH 116* Calculus Concepts for Business Majors
Tier I General Education  
Tier I General Education and/or Second Language 
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days 

3
3
3
3-7

Total

12-16

Summer

Use summer to catch up on math if behind in sequencing based on placement results prior to freshman year.

Sophomore Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

BNAD 276* Statistical Inference in Management 
ECON 200* Basic Economic Issues  
Tier I General Education  
Tier II General Education
Second Language
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
3
4

Total

16

2nd Semester
Course

Units

BCOM 212* Fundamentals of Communication
Tier II General Education 
Tier II General Education 
Second Language
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days. Apply for Advanced Standing.

3
3
3
4

Total

13

Summer
We highly recommend that students participate in a study abroad and career-related experience.

* Eller Pre-Economics Foundation Courses: Required to apply for Advanced Standing into the professional program. Advanced Standing is required in order to take all 300 and 400-level Economics courses.

This sample plan is based on 15-16 credits per semester, but you’ll also have to plan for your second language requirement and at least one class focused on gender, race, ethnicity or non-Western area studies. For a full list of official degree requirements, check out the University General Catalog. We also strongly recommend meeting with your academic advisor to create a plan specifically for you.

Freshman Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 101* First Year Composition 
MATH 100 Preparation for University-Level Mathematics
SAS 100AX Math Success Strategies 
MIS 111* Computers and Internetworked Society 
MIS 112* Computers and Internetworked Society Lab

Students are limited to 12 total credits at the beginning of the first semester to allow them the necessary time to focus on math abilities.  A student's performance in MATH 100 and SAS 100AX will determine future UA MATH courses.  Students can register for a late-start 10-week or 7-week General Education course if desired.     

Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
2
3
1

Total

12    

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 102* First Year Composition  
MATH 111 College Algebra Concepts and Applications (requires C or better)
Tier I General Education  
Tier I General Education
Second Language 
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days 

3
3
3
3
4

Total

16

Summer

Students who wish to accelerate their semester plans must be prepared to take math courses in an accelerated format in Summer.  Please speak with an academic advisor for more information.  

Sophomore Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

MATH 113* Brief Calculus or 116* Calculus Concepts for Business Majors (requires C or better)  
Tier I General Education 
Tier I General Education 
Second Language
Minor Course
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
4
3

Total

16

2nd Semester
Course

Units

BNAD 276* Statistical Inference in Management 
ECON 200* Basic Economic Issues
Tier I General Education 
Second Language
Minor Course
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days.

3
3
3
4
3

Total

16

Summer
We highly recommend that students participate in a study abroad and career-related experience.

Junior Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

BCOM 212* Fundamentals of Communication
Tier II General Education 
Tier II General Educations
Second Language
Minor Course
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days. Apply for Advanced Standing.

3
3
3
4
3

Total

16

Students have the opportunity to review and retest on the ALEKS Math Placement Exam.  Students wishing to accelerate their semester plans should speak with an academic advisor.  

This sample plan is designed with roughly 30 credits per year.  Students can meet the Second Language requirement by demonstrating fourth semester proficiency through examination or taking any of a variety of second semester language courses. Additionally, one course in the student's degree program must focus on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Non-Western Area Studies. Some General Education classes are designed to fulfill this requirement. Each student needs to meet a minimum of 120 total credits.  Please consult with your Advisement Report and your academic advisor.

* Eller Pre-Economics Foundation Courses: Required to apply for Advanced Standing into the professional program. Advanced Standing is required in order to take all 300 and 400-level Economics courses.