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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.


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.


      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.

      Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Options

      You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. Choose to combine your Economics undergraduate degree with the following graduate programs:


      MPA in Public Administration and Policy
      This top-ranked master’s program prepares you to help solve complex socioeconomic problems with concentration areas including non-profit management and leadership, public policy, healthcare management, information technology management, public economics and finance, and homeland security.


      MS in Information Science 
      This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

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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.

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      International Students

      This degree is designated as a STEM program. International students maintaining F-1 status are allowed to apply for up to 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) following completion/graduation from their degree program. Currently, this degree program is also designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an eligible degree for the F-1 STEM OPT work authorization extension; students who secure qualifying employment may be eligible to apply for the STEM OPT extension for a cumulative total of up to 36 months of F-1 OPT work authorization.

      Student Learning Objectives

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

      Bachelor of Arts
      • Understand the economic issues and problems faced by individuals, organizations and society; the economic principles that help explain behavior; the operation of markets; the gains from trade; 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 decision-making, behavior and economic outcomes.
      • Have the ability to apply statistical methods in the empirical analysis of economic data and models.
      • Be able to communicate economic analysis and empirical conclusions in the discussion of social phenomena and public policy.
      • Develop understanding of issues and methods of analysis in specific fields of economic study such as labor, money and banking, public finance, international trade and finance, development, health and the environment.

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      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.

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      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.

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