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Economics (BS)

Offered by the Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and the approval of the department undergraduate advisor.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 48 credit hours with grades of C or better.
    • No more than 6 of the 48 credit hours may be fulfilled by Washington Economic Policy Semester courses or economics courses from study abroad programs.
    • No more than 3 credit hours of independent reading and study courses or internships may be applied to the major.

Course Requirements

Core (30 credit hours)

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Complete one course from the following:

Electives (15 credit hours)

Combined Economics (BS) and Economics (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:

  • Students in this program will not be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students will be admitted formally to MA status only after they have completed all requirements for the BS in Economics with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.