Sample Plan: Economics BS, Grad School Prep

This program provides students with a competitive application for an MA or PhD in economics. The student who follows this program will also earn a minor in mathematics.

The plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

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Sample Four Year Plan: Economics (BS) with PhD in Econ Prep

FALL - Semester 1

ECON 201: Principles of Microeconomics *
TRU 110: Self and Society
MATH 198: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
ENG 190: Writing as Critical Thinking
Elementary Language Course

SPRING - Semester 2

ECON 200: Principles of Macroeconomics *
COMM 170: Public Speaking
MATH 263: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Elementary Language Course

FALL - Semester 3

ECON 300: Intermediate Microeconomics
STAT 190: Statistics OR
STAT 290: Statistics***
MATH 264: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
Qualitative Mode of Inquiry course
Qualitative Mode of Inquiry course

SPRING - Semester 4

ECON 210: New Major Seminar
ECON 303: Intermediate Macroeconomics
MATH 200: Foundations of Mathematics
Qualitative Mode of Inquiry course
Quantitative Mode of Inquiry course

FALL - Semester 5

ECON 304: Mathematical Economics
Economics Elective
MATH 357: Linear Algebra
JINS (Junior Interdis. Writing Seminar)
Free Elective

SPRING - Semester 6

ECON 373: Econometrics
Economics Elective
Missouri Statute Course
MATH 335: Game Theory
Free Elective

FALL - Semester 7

Graduate school applications due December - January of fourth year.

ECON 479: Senior Seminar in Economics
Economics Elective
STAT 570: Mathematical Probability and Statistics I
MATH 365: Ordinary Differential Equations
ECON 554: Independent Studies: Economics ****

SPRING - Semester 8

Economics Elective ***
STAT 571: Mathematical Probability and Statistics II
MATH 461: Advanced Calculus
Free Elective to 120 Hours

* Students may also take ECON 205: Principles of Economics (5), which satisfies both ECON 200 and ECON 201 requirements, and can be taken either semester. Additionally, any one of these courses fulfills the Social Scientific Mode requirement.
** Either course satisfies the Mathematical Mode of Inquiry and the Elementary Functions Essential Skills requirement. Students must take a placement test before being allowed to register, and students who place into lower-level math classes must use either MATH 156: College Algebra & MATH 157: Plane Trigonometry (together), or MATH 186: Pre-calculus to satisfy the Elementary Functions Essential Skills requirement. These students subsequently then need to take MATH 192 or MATH 198 to fulfill the Mathematical Mode requirement, as well as the major requirement.
*** This course can be and economics course that satisfies the Intercultural Perspective requirement. If not, another Intercultural Perspectives course must be taken elsewhere.
****An important part of a competitive graduate school application is a research paper. Taking ECON 479, as well as developing working relationships with faculty members is necessary for a good letter of recommendation. ECON 554 should be taken for at least 3 credits so as to meet the 12-credit upper-division elective requirement.

A total of 120 hours are required for graduation; 40 of these must be 300 level or above courses.

Truman requires at least 3 writing enhanced courses (ECON 210, JINS 3XX, and ECON 479 allow you to fulfill this requirement).

Please note that a 2.25 cumulative and a 2.25 major GPA is required to graduate. Additionally, grades of "C" of better are required in each major requirement class.

A student cannot take more than 17 credits in any semester without special permission and paying additional tuition.

Department chair: please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above.

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

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