This page is not intended as a substitute for the catalog.
Please consult with your advisor and the catalog for the year in which you were admitted.

As an economics major at JMU, you’ll gain a solid foundation of economic theory and policy that can lead to a wide variety of career options, including financial analysis and trading, consumer advocacy, economic analysis, communications and public administration. Our curriculum will develop your skills in critical thinking, research, writing and analysis. We emphasize a commitment to lifelong learning, which is critical in an ever-changing global economy.

Internships and externships are important steps in preparing for a career in your field of study. They can also enhance your transcript and even be used for academic credit.

 B.A., B.B.A. and B.S. Requirements

Requirements for all ECON degrees:

  • ECON 200 – Introduction to Macroeconomics*
  • ECON 201 – Introduction to Microeconomics*
  • COB 191 or MATH 220 – Statistics*
  • COB 291 or ECON 284 – Quantitative Methods
  • MATH 205 or MATH 235 – Calculus*
  • ECON 284
  • ECON 331 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory**
  • ECON 332 – Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory**
  • ECON 385 – Econometrics**
  • ECON 488 – Senior Capstone Seminar in Economics
  • ECON Electives (15 credit hours) Selected in consultation with advisor
  • 120 credit hours minimum
  • 60 credit hours from a 4-year university
  • 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • 2.0 or higher major GPA

* Prerequisites for ECON 331, ECON 332 and ECON 385 with minimum of “C”
** Minimum “C” or better required to take ECON 488

 Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)

Required B.B.A. Lower-Level Core Courses:

  • COB 191 – Business Analytics I
  • COB 202 – Interpersonal Skills
  • COB 204 – Computer Information Systems
  • COB 241 – Financial Accounting
  • COB 242 – Managerial Accounting
  • COB 291 – Business Analytics II
  • ECON 200 – Macroeconomics
  • ECON 201 – Microeconomics
  • MATH 205 or 235 – Calculus

Required B.B.A. Upper-Level Core Courses:

  • COB 300A – Integrated Business: Management
  • COB 300B – Integrated Business: Finance
  • COB 300C – Integrated Business: Operations
  • COB 300D – Integrated Business: Marketing
  • COB 318 – Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
  • COB 487 – Strategic Management


Math 220 (Statistics) may be substituted for:

  • COB 191 COB 191 and MATH 205 are prerequisites for COB 291
  • COB 241 is a prerequisite for COB 242
  • COB 318 is a prerequisite for COB 487

CoB B.B.A. Acceptance:

Students are formally admitted into the College of Business as a B.B.A. major and permitted to register for COB 300 when the following requirements are met:

  • Credit is earned for all eight lower B.B.A. core courses: COB 202, COB 204, COB 241, COB 291, ECON 200, ECON 201, Calculus, Statistics
  • No B.B.A. core course is attempted more than twice.
  • A 2.7 average GPA is earned in the lower B.B.A. core. Only grades earned at JMU are included in the GPA calculation. Calculus is not included in the GPA calculation.
  • A COB 300 application is submitted to the COB Academic Success Center by Nov. 1 for Spring and April 1 for Fall.

 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The B.A. in economics is intended for students who wish to sharpen their communication and writing skills, especially through a foreign language.

Upper-level economics courses are the same for all three degrees and students are equally prepared to pursue graduate studies.

The differences with the B.A. degree are:

  • Foreign language required through intermediate level
  • Philosophy course

 Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The B.S. in economics is intended for students who wish to foster their analytical skills.

Upper-level economics courses are the same for all three degrees and students are equally prepared to pursue graduate studies.

The differences with the B.S. degree are:

  • Additional quantitative requirement
  • Additional scientific literacy requirement


The Department of Economics offers six concentrations:

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics – This concentration focuses on the conservation and stewardship of healthy and sustainable ecosystems.
  • Financial Economics – This concentration provides students with a better understanding of financial markets, corporate finance, personal wealth management and the government’s role in markets.
  • International Economics – This concentration is designed for students who have a particular interest in learning more about the international economic environment, theory and practice in the international market and careers in global business. 
  • Political Economy – This concentration exposes students to political and economic philosophies and to the consequences of specific public policies, combining political and economic inquiries and approaches.
  • Socioeconomics – This concentration is designed for students who want to better understand how to think analytically about issues of justice and how perspectives on justice can be joined with the pursuit of it.
  • Quantitative Economics – This concentration is intended for majors who want to strengthen their quantitative skills. 

Students may select an economics concentration in consultation with an advisor. Courses required in the concentration will satisfy the ECON electives requirement. For specific course listings, refer to the undergraduate catalog.

 Optional Pathways

Optional Pathway (B.B.A.)

First Year: COB 191, COB 204, ECON 200, ECON 201, MATH 2015, GenEd

Second Year: COB 202, COB 241, COB 242, COB 291, GenEd

Third Year: COB 300 A-D, COB 318, ECON 331, ECON 332, ECON 385

Fourth Year: COB 487, ECON Electives, ECON 488, GenEd, Electives

Optional Pathway (B.A. or B.S.)

First Year: ECON 200, ECON 201, Calculus, Statistics, GenEd

Second Year: ECON 331, ECON 332, Foreign Language (B.A.), GenEd

Third Year: ECON 385, ECON Electives, Foreign Language (B.A.), GenEd, Philosophy (B.A.)

Fourth Year: ECON 488, ECON Electives, GenEd, Electives


 Academic Advisors

Anne McGuigan
(540) 568-3179
Academic Success Center


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