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Bachelor of Arts


Program of Study

You will begin the BA in Economics program by studying the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics. These courses will provide you with the basic concepts of the discipline, including the operation of markets, consumer behavior, firm behavior, how goods are produced, how governments operate, and how growth, the interest rate, unemployment and inflation are determined in the economy as a whole. The intermediate core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and economic statistics develop a toolkit of skills and methods that you can apply to your career. You can also tailor your education to your interests and career goals by selecting electives in major economic areas of our society.

Required Courses

18 credits

  • Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics
  • Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics
  • Algebra and Calculus I or Survey of Calculus or Algebra and Calculus II or Calculus I or Honors Calculus I or Tools of Economics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Economic Statistics

Additional Economics Credits

18 additional credits in economics at the 300 level or above.


Applied Learning

Gain work experience and develop career skills by engaging in an economic internship during your senior year. In the 3-credit internship course you will participate in 150 hours of sponsored activity and complete career-relevant reading and writing assignments. You will also be encouraged to conduct undergraduate research, and develop a research project through independent studies.



Interested in earning a master’s of public administration in addition to your BA in Economics? UAlbany offers a combined BA/MPA program, which provides an opportunity for students to fulfill integrated requirements of the undergraduate and master’s degree programs from the beginning of their junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to earn both degrees in only five years.

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With a Bachelor of Arts in Economics you will develop decision-making skills and data analysis abilities that are highly valuable for careers in businesses, non-profit institutions, all levels of government activity, financial institutions, health institutions, and international and non-profit agencies. As an economist, your tasks may include computing, analyzing and reporting data to explain economic phenomena, studying the socioeconomic impacts of new public policies, and formulating recommendations, policies and plans.


International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. Upon graduation, international students with an F-1 visa are allowed to apply for a 2-year extension to the automatic 1-year post-graduate Occupational Practical Training (OPT) period.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelors Degrees
  • Understand the economic issues and problems faced by individuals, organizations and society, the economic principles that help explain behavior and the range of institutions that affect the allocation of resources.
  • Be able to apply methods of economic analysis (such as supply and demand, equilibrium, constrained optimization and dynamic analysis) to behavior and social phenomena.
  • Have the ability to employ statistical and econometric methods and software in the analysis of economic data and models.
  • Be prepared for advanced study or employment.

What Makes The University at Albany Great

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

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Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
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