JMU Major: Economics
Economics majors are generally educated students, who go on to develop their analytical, investigative and research skills. With this major, students will use their understanding of economics relationships and markets to work for manufacturing firms, financial services firms, consulting firms, the health care industries, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Economists with strong statistical backgrounds conduct research, analyze data and develop forecasts. Students with a good background in this field are competitive in the job market.
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New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Economics major when they register for orientation. If they plan to pursue the B.A. or B.S. degree program, they should also set up an interview with the economics department head during their first semester at JMU.
If students plan to pursue the economics B.B.A. degree program, they should scroll down and read the section "Progressing in the Major" to learn about full admission to the College of Business.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
If students wish to change their major to Economics they must be in good academic standing (have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher) on the date students submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form, which is available in the Academic Services Center located in Zane Showker Hall, room 205.
B.B.A. Degree Program
Declaring a College of Business major does not guarantee full admission to the major. Students will not be fully admitted to the major until requirements are met as listed below in the section "Progressing in the Major."
B.A./B.S. Degree Program
Set up an interview with the economics department head, Dr. Ehsan Ahmed, (540)568-3215, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Economics Departmental office is located in room 434 of Zane Showker Hall.
Other Declaring Information
Admission to the Major
Declaring a business major does not guarantee full admission to the College of Business.
Students must formally apply for full admission to the College of Business by submitting an application for admission during the semester in which they are completing the lower-level B.B.A. core courses.
Students are formally admitted into the College of Business as a B.B.A. degree seeking major and permitted to register for COB 300. Integrated Functional Systems when the following requirements are met:
The B.B.A. core GPA is calculated using grades earned in the B.B.A. lower-level core courses excluding calculus (MATH 205 or MATH 235). Only grades earned at JMU will be used. The university policy for calculating repeat-credit and repeat-forgiveness will be followed.
Students with a 2.7 B.B.A. core GPA are assured admission into the College of Business and COB 300. Students who meet all of the requirements above but fail to achieve a 2.7 B.B.A. core GPA will be admitted to the College of Business and COB 300 based on B.B.A. core GPA ranking, and pending resources and space availability.
Students must maintain good academic standing with at least a GPA of 2.0.