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 2.0 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 questions. 

Meet the academic advising team 

Throughout your time at Eller, you’ll have access to career guidance and networking opportunities that help you explore your opportunities and land your future career.

Meet the career coaches


Pre-Economics Sample Coursework Plans

How your Eller Pre-Economics experience can play out:

This sample plan is based on 14-16 credits per semester, but each student and their academic plan is unique.   Please meet with your Academic Advisor to create a custom plan for you.  Please note that your general education, including second language, requirements are determined by when you were admitted to the university.  Your Academic Advisor can help you navigate the requirements relevant for you. For a full list of official degree requirements, check out the University General Catalog

First Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 101* First Year Composition  
MIS 111* Computers and Internetworked Society 
MIS 112* Computers and Internetworked Society Lab  
MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications (requires grade of C or better)  
Second Language  
UNIV 101 Introduction to the General Education Experience
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
1
3
4
1

Total

15 

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 102* First Year Composition  
MATH 113 Brief Calculus or MATH 116* Calculus Concepts for Business Majors (requires grade of C or better)
General Education  
General Education or minor course
Second Language 
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days 

3
3
3
3
4

Total

16

Summer

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

Sophomore Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

BNAD 276* Statistical Inference in Management 
ECON 200* Basic Economic Issues (requires grade of C or better)
General Education  
General Education or minor course
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
General Education 
General Education 
Second Language
UNIV 301 General Education Portfolio
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days. Apply for Advanced Standing.

3
3
3
4
1

Total

14

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 designed with 14-16 credits per semester, and it may be necessary for a student to complete remaining General Education courses in their final two years. The Second Language requirement has multiple ways to be completed in the advised sequence above. Students can meet this requirement by demonstrating fourth semester proficiency through examination or taking any of a variety of fourth semester language courses.  Each student needs to meet a minimum of 120 total credits. Please consult with your Advisement Report and your academic advisor.

This sample plan is based on 15-16 credits per semester, but each student and their academic plan is unique.   Please meet with your Academic Advisor to create a custom plan for you.  Please note that your general education, including second language, requirements are determined by when you were admitted to the university.  Your Academic Advisor can help you navigate the requirements relevant for you. For a full list of official degree requirements, check out the University General Catalog

First 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 13 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 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications (requires grade of C or better)
UNIV 101 Introduction to the General Education Experience
1-2 General Education courses
Second Language 
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days 

3
3
1
3-6
4

Total

14-17

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 grade of C or better)  
General Education 
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 (requires grade of C or better)  
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
UNIV 301 General Education Portfolio
General Educations
Second Language
Minor Course
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days. Apply for Advanced Standing.

3
1
3
4
3

Total

14

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.  Each student needs to meet a minimum of 120 total credits.  Please consult with your Advisement Report and your academic advisor. 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.