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Major and Minor Programs

Required ECON courses 2, 10, 170, 173, 174, 190 2, 10, 170, 173, 174, 190 2, 10, and either 173 or 174
Elective ECON courses Four 100-level Two 100-level Three 100-level
Required MATH courses 28 or 50 50, 70, 80, 100 28 or 50
Required statistics courses STAT 71 & 72 ACTS 131 & 135 None
Other courses Nine hours outside the CBPA. Two MATH courses from 101, 110, 120, 125, 127, 176, 184 None

AVAILABLE DEGREES: For a Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete the Drake Curriculum, including the Areas of Inquiry (AOIs). For a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, students must also complete the Business Core Curriculum in addition to the AOIs.


  1. The Economics minor is open to all Drake undergraduates, including students in the CBPA (motion passed by CBPA Faculty 11/18/05). It is recommended that students in the minor complete both ECON 173 and ECON 174. The second course then counts toward the three additional 100-level courses.
  2. Students in the Quantitative Economics major may substitute STAT 170 for ECON 170.
  3. Note that IS 44 is a prerequisite for STAT 72.
  4. All students in the regular Economics major must take nine hours outside the CBPA, in addition to courses fulfilling the AOIs. The economics faculty particularly recommend nine hours of 100-level courses in a field related to economics, such as history, sociology, philosophy, or political science.


Which program is right for me?

BA in Economics Economics only Students planning careers in law or government. Requirements are flexible, so you can easily add a second major in history, international relations, political science, etc.
BSBA in Economics Economics + Business Core Curriculum Students planning careers in law or business. The Core Curriculum includes introductory courses in all business disciplines, so you are well-prepared for general business careers.
BA or BSBA in Quantitative Economics Economics + Math and Statistics Students planning careers in economics or closely related fields. To be an "economist" you need a graduate degree; to get into graduate school, you need lots of math courses (see table of recommended math courses compiled by Hannah Shell '14). This program is also for students seeking research jobs in government, business, or consulting.
Minor in Economics Economics "lite" Students majoring in a field related to economics (finance, international business, international relations, political science, etc.) who want some economics but do not have time for an economics major.

Updated Dec 20, 2017 by WMB.