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Economics Major

Besides being invaluable for understanding contemporary political, economic and social issues, students majoring in Economics are well-prepared for careers in business, law, education, public administration, and research. Economics courses cover a wide range of applications and theory in managerial economics, labor markets, economic development, market structure, natural resources and environmental economics, and globalization and trade. Areas of specialization may emphasize such fields as money and banking, international economics, industrial organization, environmental and resource economics, and public finance.

The department offers two tracks within the Economics majors:

  • General Economics: This track offers students more flexibility in terms of economics field course selection—15 credits of economics electives, 3 credits of which may be in agricultural economics, finance, and business administration.
  • Quantitative Economics: This track is designed for students who desire to pursue a graduate degree in economics after college, or for students who desire a quantitative approach to economics. Students with strong quantitative and/or statistical backgrounds are highly encouraged to select the quantitative economics track.

Undergraduate students majoring in Economics may choose either the Bachelor of Arts degree which requires an additional three credits from 300-400 level humanities, social sciences or study abroad as well as second year language proficiency, or the Bachelor of Science degree which requires students to complete a minor of study from another discipline.

Economics Minor

The minor in Economics complements many other majors by helping the student develop an analytical approach to understanding human events from the perspective of this discipline. A minimum of eight credits must be completed at NDSU.

Minor Requirements

Economics Minor

Minor Requirements

Required Credits: 18-19

Required Courses
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 341Intermediate Microeconomics3-4
or BUSN 487 Managerial Economics
ECON 343Intermediate Macroeconomics3
Elective Courses
ECON 300-400Elective3
ECON 400Elective3
Total Credits18-19

Minor Requirements and Notes

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
  • Students must earn a minimum 2.00 GPA for the minor requirements.

Plan of Study

AGRI 1891ECON 2013
MATH 103 (pre-req for Math 144)3ENGL 1203
ENGL 110 (co-req Engl 100 writing lab)4HUM/FA Gen Ed3
MIS 1163MATH 1444
Soc Behav Sci Gen Ed3Wellness Gen Ed2
 14 15
ECON 2023ECON 3413
STAT 330 (or STAT 367 for Quantitative Option)3HUM/FA Gen Ed3
Soc Behav Sci Gen Ed3Sci & Tech Gen Ed3
Sci & Tech Gen Ed4STAT 3312
COMM 1103Minor Electives6
 16 17
ECON 3433ECON 400 Elective3
ECON 410 or ECON 400 Elective (required for Quantitative Option)3300 Level English3
HUM/FA Gen Ed3Minor or Free Electives9
Minor or Free Electives3-4MATH 266 or STAT 368 (if taking Quantitative Option)3
MATH 259 or 265 (if taking Quantitative Opton)3-4 
 15-17 18
ECON 400 Elective 3ECON 400 Elective6
Minor or Free Electives12Minor or Free Electives12
 15 18
Total Credits: 128-130