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Goals and Requirements for Majors and Minors

Goals for Majors and Minors

In successfully completing a major or minor in Economics, a student will:

  • develop a command of existing economic knowledge;
  • utilize economic knowledge to explain economic issues; and
  • create new economic knowledge.

Requirements for Majors and Minors

The economics major is available as a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog.

For a major: 36 credits, including 210, 411, 412, 416, and 417. The remaining courses must be selected from among 321, 322, 331, 332, 333, 341, 342, 351, 352, 361, 371, and 461, and no more than eight credits from 439, 480, 487, and 490.

For a minor: 20 credits, including 210, 411, and 412. The remaining courses must be selected from among 321, 322, 331, 332, 333, 341, 342, 351, 352, 361, 371, 416, and 461

Departmental Quantitative Requirements

Students enrolling in economics courses must demonstrate the following quantitative prerequisites:

  1. To enroll in 210 a student must have done one of the following:
    (a) scored 550 or higher on the mathematics portion of the SAT;
    (b) scored 24 or higher on the mathematics portion of the ACT; or
    (c) completed any mathematics course at the level of MATH 105 or higher, or the equivalent.
  2. To enroll in courses numbered 411, and above, a student must:
    (a) complete MATH 160 or above or the equivalent with a grade above a C-;
    (b) complete MATH 140 or 340 or the equivalent with a grade above a C-.

Departmental Policy on Prerequisites and Residency

The Economics Department presumes that students will have taken the applicable prerequisite(s) when registering for courses. However, all courses have the option of “consent of instructor.” Prerequisites will be waived only when the instructor and the department chair deem that a student’s background render the applicable prerequisite(s) unnecessary.

For purposes of meeting the college’s residency requirement, the department requires that 20 credits in the major and 12 credits in the minor be completed at Linfield.

For Oregon Initial Teaching Licensure in Social Studies, a student must complete the Linfield Teacher Education Program requirements. In order to complete these requirements, a student must begin taking education courses no later than his/her sophomore year. The student must be advised by an Education Department faculty member each semester prior to registration