Calvin's economics major has the versatility to engage a variety of student interests. Your program of study can be organized with a general emphasis, or with more specific emphases in international economics, economic development, business economics, public policy, or graduate school preparation.
Specialized course offerings that fit into these interest areas include:
Cycles and Forecasting
- Managerial Economics
- Health Economics and Health Policy
- Money and Financial Markets
- Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
- Energy and Economics
- Competition and Market Performance
- Human Resource Economics
- Urban Growth and Development
- World Poverty and Economic Development
- International Trade and Finance
- Regional Economies of the World
- Emerging Economies
- Government Finance and Public Policy
- Research Methods
Up to two business courses can be coordinated with economics courses to fulfill specific student objectives.
The major requires the foundation courses of micro and macro economics, six upper level courses, two electives from either economics or business, the economics capstone course, two mathematics courses, and one information systems course.
A minor in economics will enhance your primary academic focus, particularly in business, but also political science, international relations, public administration, international development studies, sociology, health science policy and more.
The economics minor consists of the foundation courses of micro- and macro-economics (Econ 221 and Econ 222), Econ 325 or 326, and three additional economics courses. After completing Econ 221 and Econ 222 with a grade of C or better, students are encouraged to organize the additional four courses for the minor according to their area of academic interest:
Finance: Econ 326 and three from 331, 338, 339, 343, or 346
Human Resources: Econ 325 and three from 326, 241, 232, 330, or 345
Marketing: Econ 325 and three from 241, 330, 334, or 345
Operations and Management: Econ 325, 343, and two from 232, 326, 330, 334 339, 345, or 346
Small Business: Econ 325 or 326, and three from 232, 241, 330, or 331
MBA Preparation - Students considering a Masters in Business Administration shortly after graduation may be interested in this economics minor: Econ 325, 326, 343, and one additional from 241 through 346
Public Administration and Policy: Econ 325 or 326 and three from 232, 241, 330, 335, or 339
Qualitative Analysis -- An economics minor focused on Qualitative Analysis helps prepare students for post-graduate study outside the business sphere: Econ 325, 326, 343, and 345 or 346
Social Science Group Major
A Social Science Group major is available for students whose special career interests require economics courses along with course work in another department (e.g., CAS, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science).
Prerequisite for admission to the economics major or minor is minimum grade of C (2.0) in Economics 221.
Graduation with a major in the department requires a C (2.0) average for the major as a whole.
Top-level students are encouraged to push themselves academically by participating in the Honors Program for the Economics department. Some courses are designated as honor classes or a student may make arrangements with their class professor to take the course with honors. After completing the appropriate requirements, the student may graduate with honors.