Earn your degree in economics online with the Bachelor of Arts in Economics Online Degree Completion program at SDSU Global Campus. Our program examines some of today’s most pressing economic issues while also working to develop your critical thinking and communication skills.

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Earn your degree in economics online with the Bachelor of Arts in Economics Online Degree Completion program at SDSU Global Campus. The program examines some of today’s most pressing economic issues while also giving you an opportunity to develop your critical thinking and communication skills.

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About the Program

Economics analyzes the ways in which individuals and societies decide what to produce, how to produce it, and who gets those products. Because this field of study deals with the fundamental issues of our material well-being, it also examines the reasons why some individuals and societies have wealth, while others do not. This also makes economics a powerful tool for analyzing the costs and benefits of decisions, and how those decisions can affect all members of our society.

Estimated Cost Estimated Cost
$29,700-$32,760
Plus Fees
Completion Time Min. Completion Time
2 Years
Course Format Course Format
Online

With SDSU's Bachelor of Arts in Economics Online Degree Completion Program, you’re able to earn a valuable degree in economics on your schedule. The online curriculum combines mathematical-based lessons in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and data analysis, with courses designed to boost your critical thinking, oral and written communication abilities, and quantitative analysis skills. Upon graduation, you’ll have attained a high-quality, well-rounded liberal arts education that will prepare you for a wide variety of career paths.

What is a Degree Completion Program?

This degree completion program is specifically designed for students who have started, but not finished, their four-year undergraduate degree. If you've completed 60 transferable units, satisfied all CSU requirements, and have a 2.4+ GPA, you can earn a valuable degree from San Diego State University that fits your busy schedule.

This program is designed for students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. If you already have a bachelor's degree, we will not be able accept your application for this program.

Who Should Attend

SDSU’s online Economics Degree Completion Program is designed to provide you with a versatile liberal arts education that focuses on both mathematics and sociology, and how these two disciplines inform and influence one another.

Because of the scope of the curriculum, this program will help you prepare for entry- to mid-level employment in a wide range of fields, including:

Business
Financial Services
Marketing
Government and Public Policy
Education
Law
Journalism
Nonprofit and Social Services

The program also serves as an excellent foundation for graduate school or other types of professional training.

This online economics degree completion program is designed with busy working professionals in mind. With jobs, families, and other responsibilities to take care of, many potential students are unable to earn a college degree due to the time and money associated with a traditional on-campus undergraduate degree program.

By studying economics online with SDSU Global Campus, you can earn a well-rounded liberal arts education on your schedule. You’re able to take advantage of lessons designed and taught by experienced instructors from SDSU’s Department of Economics. Upon graduation you’ll have earned the same Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a Major in Economics from San Diego State University as our on-campus students.

What You Can Learn

SDSU's online economics program, will show you how to:

  1. Use appropriate economic vocabulary, models and concepts to conduct economic analysis.
  2. Compare and contrast varying schools of economic thought, recognizing the limitations of economic models and methods.
  3. Effectively communicate economic ideas using a variety of techniques to a wide range of audiences.
  4. Apply the scientific method to economic problems and be able to complete empirical economic analysis.

You’ll construct a foundation in economics, with core courses on data analysis, microeconomics, and macroeconomic theories. You’ll build on that foundation with a series of courses that focus on the application of economics in different areas of society. These course topics include history, laws and public policy, environmental issues, business and finances, and international trade.

You’ll learn about these topics in virtual courses taught by expert instructors from SDSU’s Department of Economics. Our faculty and lecturers work together to design and deliver lessons informed by their own innovative research into today’s most pressing economic issues.

Outcomes

Labor Analysis
B.A. in Economics Graduate — Nationwide

Job Postings
Job Postings
Last 12 months
2,519,251

Projected Growth
Projected Growth
Over 10 years
+10.02%

Salary Range
Salary Range
Average
$39,000-$102,000


Source: BLS & Burning Glass Technologies, 2020


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, earning your B.A. in Economics is a smart career move. There have been nearly 2.5 million jobs posted over the 12 months seeking qualified degree-holders with the same skills you’ll learn in an undergraduate economics program, and those numbers are expected to grow by over 10% over the next decade. The average salary for someone with an Bachelor’s degree in economics is just under $70,000 per year, compared to an average yearly salary of $31,665 for those with an Associate’s degree or less.

Why Should You Choose Us?

Versatility

Any economics program requires a thorough understanding of production, consumption, and transfer of wealth. Where this online economics degree differs is in the flexibility of the curriculum. With dozens of electives to choose from, you’ll be able to tailor your degree to satisfy your unique professional goals. You’ll also work towards enhancing your critical thinking and communication abilities, which are vital to your success in almost any career path.

Accessibility

The SDSU Global Campus online economics degree program makes it easier for you to earn a reputable degree on your schedule. You don’t have to worry about juggling your work schedule and other commitments with spending time on campus. And with courses designed and taught by research-driven instructors from SDSU’s Department of Economics, you’ll get the same academic experience as SDSU's on-campus economics students.

Reputation

As one of the top 100 public colleges in the country, when you earn a degree from San Diego State University, you’re earning a degree that carries weight in the professional world. In addition to teaching, your instructors perform world-renowned research on some of today’s most pressing economic issues, and they’ll bring that professional experience to every virtual lesson.

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In order to earn a B.A. in Economics Degree, you must complete the following:

  • 27 Upper Division Units, including
    • 9 Units of Required Upper Division Courses
    • 18 Elective Units
  • 3-6 Writing Proficiency Units (if applicable)
  • 9 General Education Exploration Units
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General Education Explorations Courses (9 Units)

Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning
Social and Behavior Sciences
Humanities

Writing Proficiency Requirements (3-6 Units)

RWS 305W: Writing in Various Settings (3 units)
RWS 280: Academic Reading & Writing (3 units)

RWS 280 — Academic Reading & Writing will be waived for the Fall 2020 cohort due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can take your WPA Test in the spring, but if you don’t score a 10 on your exam, you’d have to take both RWS 280 and RWS 305W. If you decide not to take the test, you’ll only be required to take RWS 305W. If you take the WPA Test and pass, you won’t be required to take any additional Writing Proficiency courses.

Required Upper Division Courses in the Major (9 Units)

ECON 301: Collection and Use of Data in Economics (3 units)
ECON 320: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (3 units)
ECON 321: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (3 units)

Electives (18 Units) (at least six units selected from the international group)

ECON 330: Comparative Economic Systems (3 units) [GE]*
ECON 360: International Economic Problems (3 units)*
ECON 365: Economics of Underdeveloped Areas (3 units)*
ECON 460: Economics of Financial Crises (3 units)
ECON 464: Economic Problems of Latin America (3 units) [GE]
ECON 561: International Trade (3 units)
ECON 592: International Monetary Theory and Policy (3 units)*

*Units will be counted as international economics electives

Recommended Additional Courses for Students Needing Additional Units

ECON 380: Labor Economics (3 units)
ECON 403: Health Economics (3 units)
ECON 406: Economics of Sports (3 units)
ECON 422: Business Cycles (3 units)
ECON 441: Introduction to Econometrics (3 units)
ECON 487: Economics of Strategy (3 units)

Please note that we’re still finalizing the list of additional courses that will be offered this fall. The finalized list may require a change in the overall pricing of the program. Check back frequently to ensure you have the most up-to-date information possible.
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Admission Requirements

This program is designed for students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. If you already have a bachelor's degree, we will not be able accept your application for this program.

To be fully qualified for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Economics Online Degree Completion program, you must:

  • Have a minimum of 60 transferable semester (or 90 quarter) units by the semester prior to transfer, which includes:
    • 15 Lower Division Preparation Course Units with a grade of C (2.0) or better:
      • Economics 101, 102
      • Economics 201 or Statistics 119 or 250
      • One course selected from Mathematics 120, 124, or 150
      • Management Information Systems 180
      • Students completing the California Community College Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer (AA-T) will satisfy preparation for the major. If Management Information Systems 180 was not completed as part of the AA-T, it must be completed at SDSU.
        These prerequisite courses may not be taken Cr/NC; except for courses taught as Cr/NC only.
    • A minimum of 30 Units of General Education Courses
    • The Golden Four Requirement, which includes:
      • Oral Communication — complete a basic public speaking course or other communication course with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Written Communication — complete a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Critical Thinking — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Mathematics — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
  • Have an overall 2.4+ GPA
  • Complete the American Institutions Requirement
    • The American Institutions requirement is designed to demonstrate that students have an understanding of American history, the United States Constitution, and California state and local government.
  • Satisfy the CSU mathematics and writing requirements
  • Complete the Language Requirement
    • Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one foreign language to fulfill the graduation requirement.
  • Passed the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10, or completed an approved upper division writing course with a grade of C (2.0) or better (to be completed in your first semester once admitted to the program)

Application Instructions

If you meet the admissions requirements and wish to apply, please complete an application through Cal State Apply.

A $70 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants at the time of application.

Admission decisions are initially based on self-reported information provided via Cal State Apply. You must provide complete and accurate information on your application. Any misreporting will jeopardize an admission offer.

Please do not send your official transcripts unless you are offered admission.

For more detailed admission requirements and other application information, please consult our Transfer Admissions Information.

Cost

$495/Unit
Total Units: 60-66
Total Cost to Complete Program: $32,200-$35,442 (Plus Fees)

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Contact Information

Courses

2020 Spring2020 Summer2020 Fall
ECON 0101 Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)

Format: Online

Principles of economic analysis, economic institutions, and issues of public policy. Emphasis on macroanalysis including national income analysis, money and banking, business cycles, and economic stabilization.

Prerequisites:: Satisfaction of the SDSU Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Assessment requirement.

Course Date(s)

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Instructors
Michale Hilmer