Department of Economics {College of Business}

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Schedule and Courses - Undergraduate Program

Our current schedule is available online. We offer our core courses every semester (and generally at least one class at night). Our elective courses are offered depending upon demand. You should consult with your advisor about course offerings for electives. You can find a complete list of economic courses on the Economic Discipline Courses page of the university bulletin.

We recommend that you follow a certain course sequence. If you take the courses in that order you will not have to worry about prerequisite requirements. We strongly suggest that you take the core courses as early as possible. In particular the quantitative courses, which have limited space. You should wait till your senior year to take our senior seminar (690).

We also have suggestions for elective courses depending on your goals and area of concentration. See also our policy on electives outside the Department of Economics.

Suggested Course Sequence

This is the suggested schedule for an economics major at SFSU. We understand that students may not be able to follow this schedule exactly and recommend that students talk to an advisor by their junior year. We also believe that students starting at SFSU should concentrate on completing their Segment I and II General Education and other University Requirements before committing to an Economics major.

First Semester:

  • ECON 101 (Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis, [GE])

Second Semester:

  • ECON 102 (Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis, [GE], formerly 100)
  • MATH 226 (Calculus I)*

*Please see an advisor if you have any questions.

Note: Now would be a good time to declare your major and see an advisor!

Third Semester:

  • ECON 301 (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory)*
  • ECON 311 (Statistical Methods and Interpretation)

*We highly recommend students take ECON 301 as early as possible in the program

Fourth Semester:

  • ECON 302 (Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory, formerly 300)
  • ECON 312 (Introduction to Econometrics)
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective

Fifth Semester:

  • ECON 690 (Senior Seminar: Economic Inquiry and Analysis, [GWAR])
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective

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Suggested Electives by Area of Concentration

Consider taking the following courses if you are interested in:

A career in financial and economic analysis

Graduate school in economics:

International trade and development:

  • ECON 620 (Economic Development, [GE])
  • ECON 400 (Economic and Social History of the United States)
  • ECON 635 (Economics of Globalization, [GE])

Money and Banking:

Urban Issues:

Labor Issues:

Law and Economics:

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Electives Outside the Department of Economics

Selected courses from other disciplines can be used to count towards the economics major. Students can take up to two elective courses outside the Department of Economics. The courses must be either on the list of approved courses or pre-approved by an economics adviser.

Approved electives outside the Department of Economics

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