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Department of Economics

The Department of Economics offers both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics. Economics is a highly versatile major that assists students in pursuing a variety of careers, including positions in business, the public sector, the legal field, and politics, where knowledge of economics is a fundamental asset. The department also offers a minor in economics that is open to all majors in the University.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Economics at The University of Texas at San Antonio is to offer courses and degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that provide students with the opportunity to gain the necessary theoretical and quantitative tools in economics such that they can understand and apply economics in their daily lives, seek advanced degrees in economics, pursue careers in the global marketplace, and engage in public policy-making. It is also the mission of the department to provide an environment for its faculty and students to engage in research that will further the understanding of economics and enhance the reputation of the Department, the College of Business, and the University.

Department Honors

The Department of Economics offers the opportunity for certain of its outstanding students to achieve the designation of Honors in Major and provides the opportunity for advanced study under close faculty supervision.

Selection for honors designation is based on the student’s academic performance and recommendation by the Department Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC) in consultation with the faculty of the student’s major discipline. To be eligible for the designation, students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 at UTSA and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in their major at UTSA. To enroll in honors thesis courses and to graduate with the honors designation, these minimum grade point averages must be maintained. Students applying for Honors in Major are expected to enroll in the appropriate honors thesis course during their final two semesters. The completed thesis must be approved by the supervising faculty sponsor from the student’s discipline and the UPC. Students interested in this program should contact the Department of Economics office for additional information. Department honors can be attained independent of, or in addition to, University Honors. In order to have departmental honors noted on the transcript, students must submit a letter of request for departmental honors to the Department Chair by Census Date of their last semester.

Degrees and Minors

Course Descriptions