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 *
MATH 198: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I **
ENG 190: Writing as Critical Thinking
TRU 1XX: Self and Society Seminar
Elementary I Foreign Language

SPRING - Semester 2

ECON 200: Principles of Macroeconomics *
COMM 170: Public Speaking
MATH 263: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Personal Well-Being Essential Skills Requirement
Elementary II Foreign Language

FALL - Semester 3

ECON 300: Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON 210: New Majors Seminar *
STAT 290: Statistics
MATH 264: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
Qualitative Mode of Inquiry

SPRING - Semester 4

ECON 303: Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON 373: Econometrics
MATH 200: Foundations of Mathematics
Qualitative Mode of Inquiry course
Quantitative Mode of Inquiry course

FALL - Semester 5

ECON 304: Mathematical Economics
ECON 3XX/4XX Economics Elective
MATH 357: Linear Algebra
JINS 3XX: Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar
Free Elective

SPRING - Semester 6

ECON 479: Senior Seminar *
MATH 461: Advanced Calculus
Qualitative Mode of Inquiry Course
Missouri Statute Course

FALL - Semester 7

Graduate school applications due December - January of fourth year.


ECON 3XX/4XX: Economics Elective
STAT 570: Mathematical Probability and Statistics I
MATH 365: Ordinary Differential Equations
ECON 554: Independent Studies: Economics *

SPRING - Semester 8

ECON 3XX/4XX: Economics Elective **
STAT 571: Mathematical Probability and Statistics II
MATH 335: Game Theory
Free Elective


Total Credits First Year: 31-33
* 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 of requirement.

** This course fulfills 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 198 to fulfill the Mathematical Mode requirement, as well as the major requirement.

Total Credits Second Year: 30-36
* Writing enhanced course. Truman requires at least 3 writing enhanced courses (ECON 210, JINS 3XX, ECON 479 allow you to fulfill this requirement).

Total Credits Third Year: 26-28+
* An important part of a competitive graduate school application is a research paper. Taking ECON 479 in the third year allows time to extend the paper written in this class before graduate school applications are due.

Total Credits Fourth Year: 25+ (120 Credits Required To Graduate)
* This course will give the student an opportunity to extend the paper written in ECON 479, as well as develop the relationship with a faculty member 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.

** This course can be an economics course that satisfies the Intercultural Perspective requirement. If not, another Intercultural Perspectives course must be taken elsewhere.

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

Students must complete and pass at least 40 credits in 300-, 400-, 500-level courses to meet graduation requirements for all baccalaureate degrees.

Department chair: please contact Jonathan Vieker 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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