Majors & Programs
Starting in Fall 2012 the Economics Department introduced changes to its major programs. Unfortunately, these changes did not get into the 2012-2014 University Bulletin. The four majors listed below are those now officially recognized by CSUSB.
Important: students who signed up for economics majors before Fall 2012 have the option of completing those majors. Such students can also switch to one of the new majors if they want. Please visit the Legacy Majors page for more information. Although these legacy majors appear in the current University Bulletin, new students will not be permitted to enroll in them. New students will have to select from one of the four majors below.
Economics is the study of how societies organize the production and distribution of goods and services. This includes understanding how individuals, firms, and governments might improve their economic condition, in part, by analyzing the possible costs and benefits of competing alternatives. Reflecting the range of interests and training among the faculty, the Economics Department at CSUSB offers several programs.
The major programs the Department offers are:
- B.A. in Economics. This degree provides a solid background in traditional economics.
- B.A. in Political Economy.This degree gives the student training in both traditional economics and political economy. Political economy considers the way that class, power, institutions, and gender affect, and are affected by, economic systems.
- B.A. in Applied Economics. This degree provides rigorous training in economics combined with coursework in business-related fields such as accounting and finance.
- B.A. in Mathematical Economics. This degree provides rigorous training in economics combined with coursework in mathematics.
In addition, the Economics Department offers three minors: