Admission to major: No requirements other than good academic standing in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Minimum hours required for major: 32 hours of course work in economics (that includes a capstone course) as well as additional hours in statistics (3 hours), mathematics (8 hours) and computer science course IST 203.
Minimum hours required for minor: 16
Advising: Advising is done by faculty members in the Department of Economics. Students who are thinking of majoring in economics should contact the Economics Department Office. Phone: 216-687-4520.
Student organization: Omicron Delta Epsilon
Additional information: The Economics Department offers an honors program to those who have maintained a GPA of 3.3 or better both in overall course work and in major-field requirements. An annual award is made to the year's most outstanding senior economics major. A cash prize has been given to the recipient of this award in recent years. A Business Economics major is available to students in the College of Business Administration. Secondary teacher certification in economics (as a second teaching field) is available to students in the College of Education and Human Services. Non-majors should consult the Economics Department about elective courses to complement their majors.
A knowledge of economics is essential to understand the economic issues confronting individuals, firms, and society. Economics is an appropriate major for those wishing to pursue careers in business, law, journalism, and industrial relations, as well as for those who wish to become professional economists.
An economics major provides an excellent background for graduate study in economics and other related fields. Economists are employed by universities; corporations; government agencies at the federal, state and local levels; labor organizations; trade associations; and professional societies. Economics majors are trained to develop the analytical skills needed to understand economic problems and to arrive at possible solutions.
A minimum total number of 128 credit hours are required for every student in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. All degree seeking, CLASS students must complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) requirements which are comprised of University and College requirements. This is in addition to the credits for their major field of study. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements. Students are highly encouraged to consult with both their general education advisor and faculty advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses each semester. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University’s General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at http://www.csuohio.edu/academic/gened/summarytable.html.