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2022-2023 General Catalog 
2022-2023 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, B.A.

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Each of our economic faculty members bring to their teaching a rich background of practical experience analyzing policy issues and problems. This faculty experience, combined with small classes and close relationships to the North Bay economic community, create a unique learning environment for students.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Articulate an understanding of economic terms, concepts, and theories.
  • Identify subjective and objective aspects of economic policy.
  • Use both qualitative and quantitative reasoning to analyze social and economic issues.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of current and historic economic issues and perspectives.

Career Possibilities

Economics: Consulting; Research: Local, State and Federal Government Agencies

Banking and Finance: Financial Analysis, Commercial Banking, Credit Analysis, Operations Securities

Insurance: Claims, Underwriting, Risk Management

Sales Management: Person-to-Person and Business-to-Business sales management in all industries

Management: Business and industry

Education: Teaching, Research

(See below for a sample four-year program.

Degree Requirements

See the “Degree Requirements ” in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

General Education Requirements (48 units)

See the “General Education Program ” requirements in the University Catalog for information on General Education requirements. Some major requirements may double count for GE requirements.


Total units in the major core: 30-32

Additional Major Courses: 15-16 (Includes upper division major courses, but excludes ECON 496 , ECON 497 , ECON 499 )

Total units in the major: 45-48

Double Majors

Students with majors in disciplines such as business, environmental studies and political science will find that adding an economics major provides them with a breadth of background that is viewed favorably by graduate professional programs and employers. Students interested in any double major with economics should consult with their Economics Department advisor.

Graduate Work in Economics and Related Fields

Economics majors planning graduate work in economics, business, or public administration should take one or more courses of calculus and linear algebra, probability theory, ECON 404, ECON 405 and ECON 417. Consult with an advisor to plan accordingly. 

Program Roadmaps

Sample Four-Year Program

Total required semester units are 120 and the Four Year Plan is a sample study plan. The sequence and specific courses given are suggestive; please see an advisor each semester to plan your personal program and track your progress using the Academic Requirements Report (ARR) in MySSU.

Some major and GE courses may be interchanged fall and spring semester depending on course offering each semester.

General Education Notes:

  • GE Areas A2 and B4 should be completed by the end of the first year. Some students may take year-long courses for GE A2 and/or B4.
  • GE Area A1 and A3 should be completed by the end of the second year
  • Students should enroll in Upper Division GE courses after completion of Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 with a C- or better, lower division GE in that area, and 45 units total.
  • Not all First-Year Learning Communities (FLC’s) meet the same GE areas.
  • GE Area D must be taken in two different subject areas across the nine total required units in lower division (LD) and upper division (UD).
  • Students must take American Institution requirements in U.S. History and U.S. Constitution/California State and Local Government. These requirements may be met in GE.

Transfer Students: The Junior and Senior year are representative of a two-year plan for transfer students. Please see the department chair to be advised. The chair assigns you an Economics advisor who will help you to plan your personal program.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Freshman Year: 29-31 Units

Fall Semester (15-16 Units)

Spring Semester (14-15 units)

Sophomore Year: 30-32 units

Fall Semester (14-15 units)

Spring Semester (16 units)

  • Unit(s): 4
  • GE Area B1: Physical Science or B2: Life Science with GE Area B3: Laboratory Activity Credits / Units: 4
  • GE Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development Credits / Units: 3
  • GE Area F: Ethnic Studies Credits / Units: 3
  • LD GE Area D: Social Science Credits / Units: 3
Junior Year: 31 Units

Fall Semester (16 Units)

  • Economics Elective Unit(s): 8
  • Elective Unit(s): 3
  • LD GE Area D: Social Science Unit(s): 3
Spring Semester (15 Units)

  • Economics Elective Unit(s): 8
  • UD GE (B or C or D) Unit(s): 3
  • Electives Unit(s): 4
Senior Year: 30 Units

Apply for Graduation at the Beginning of Senior Year

Fall Semester (15 Units)

  • Economics Seminar Unit(s): 4
  • UD GE (B or C or D) Unit(s): 3
  • Elective Units(s): 8
Spring Semester (15 Units)

  • Economics Seminar Unit(s): 4
  • UD GE Area B or C or D Unit(s): 3
  • Elective Units(s): 8

Total Units: 120

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