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Leavey School of Business Santa Clara University
Department ofEconomics

Academic Programs

Students can choose from two undergraduate degrees in economics: a Bachelor of Science in Commerce through the Leavey School of Business, or a Bachelor of Science degree through the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Economics Department offers two concentrations: 

1. Data Analysis
2. Mathematical Economics

Students can choose to supplement a different major with a minor in economics through the College of Arts and Sciences. Economics majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, may pursue a business-related minor.


Major Requirements

All students wishing to major in economics through the Leavey School of Business must complete both the University core curriculum requirements and the Leavey School of Business core requirements for the bachelor of science in commerce. In addition, students must complete the following departmental requirements: 

Course Units Description
ECON 41 4 Units Data Analysis and Econometrics*
ECON 42 2 Units Data Analysis Applications*
ECON 113 5 Units Intermediate Microeconomics I
ECON 114 5 Units Intermediate Microeconomics II
ECON 115 5 Units Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON 181 or
ECON 182
5 Units

Int'l Trade or
Int'l Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics

3 upper-division economics electives   Two of which must be completed after ECON 113 & 115

*Econ 41/42 satisfies OMIS 41 in the Leavey School of Business core.
Utilize the economics checklist to track your progress.

View the Economics major and minor offered through the College of Arts and Sciences

Optional Concentrations

An optional concentration is available for those who want to dive deeper into a specific topic. Requirements are outlined below. 

In addition to completing all requirements for the major in Economics, students must complete:

  • ECON 43 Data Manipulation and Visualization in Economics
  • ECON 173 or 174 Applied Econometrics / Applied Time Series Analysis
  • Three of the following data analysis application courses:*
    • ECON 134 African Economic Development
    • ECON 135 Gender Issues in the Developing World
    • ECON 142 Economics of Sport
    • ECON 150 Labor Economics
    • ECON 151 Economics of Education
    • ECON 154 Economics of Health Care
    • ECON 166 Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the U.S. Economy
    • ECON 173 Applied Econometrics or 174 Applied Time Series Analysis (if not used to satisfy the above requirement)
    • ECON 177 Data Analytics & Machine Learning (New course - Winter 2020)
    • ECON 186 Economics of Digitization
    • ECON 187 Dynamic Macroeconomics
    • ECON 188 Advanced Macroeconomics: Theory and Empirics

* One of these courses may be substituted with: (a) an approved course in another social science or business discipline with a significant data analysis component; or (b) an independent study course with a substantial data analysis component (4 or 5 units). Substitutions must be approved by the Concentration advisor.

A minimum grade of C is required for all courses in this concentration.

Note: All upper-division courses in the concentration can count as upper-division electives toward the Econ major.

In addition to completing all requirements for the major in Economics, students must complete:

  • All of the following courses: MATH 11, 12, 13, 14, 22, 53 (MATH 122 and 123 are strongly recommended)
  • Three out of the following courses: ECON 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 187 or 188 (these courses also count as electives required for the major)

Note: Students completing the mathematical economics concentration must take MATH 11 and 12 instead of MATH 30 and 31.

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