Economics, BA

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description:

What’s the best way to reduce carbon emissions?  Is a green economy possible?  What should be done about the federal budget deficit?  Will graduating seniors ever collect on Social Security?  Can government policies reduce unemployment?  Is crime an economic problem?  Is obesity an economic problem?  Why are some countries rich and others poor?  Does international trade help or hurt workers in the United States? 

Economics provides answers to questions like these by analyzing how societies and markets allocate scarce resources, how incentives shape human behavior and why there are tradeoffs in virtually all public policy options.  Majors develop analytical and quantitative skills including modeling and data analysis.  They understand macroeconomic relationships that explain economic growth, unemployment and inflation and exchange rate fluctuations.  They also study the microeconomics of the public sector, industrial organization, labor and human resources, health, natural resource use, the environment, trade and development.


Admission Requirements:


A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work.

  • Transfer students must have a 2.0 transfer GPA.
  • Continuing UNM students must have a 2.00 institutional GPA.

Demonstrated academic achievement by satisfying the following:

  • Completion of the University Speaking and Writing Core.
  • Completion of the University Mathematics Core.
  • Completion of the University Foreign Language Core.

Completion of Department of Economics admission coursework with grades of "C" or better:

  • ECON 105.
  • ECON 106.

Career Opportunities:

Our graduates go on to careers in consulting, banking, finance, teaching and government.  The major also provides excellent preparation for advanced degrees in economics, business, planning, medicine and law.  Economics students make particularly good law school applicants (and outperform other majors on the LSAT), likely because both fields emphasize highly analytical thinking.

The major is an excellent choice for those interested in public policy and market research and students pursuing careers in business, government and non-profit organizations.  An economics major is also highly desirable for students planning to study law, business, public administration, geography and international affairs at the graduate level.

Contact Information:

Holly Meyer: Senior Academic Advisor
(505) 277-3177