2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Aug 12, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, Behavioral Economics Concentration, B.A.

Chairman: Armando Rodriguez, Ph.D. University of Texas

Economics is the study of making choices. It is both a lens and an occupation. As a lens, economics enables us to view, organize, and explain the world around us in a coherent systematic manner. As an occupation, we find its fundamental principles are most often applied in the world of business-although not exclusively. Economics also prepares students for careers in fields as diverse as government service, law, and non-governmental institutions. Importantly, the economics degree offers outstanding preparation for graduate and professional programs.

The University of New Haven’s undergraduate program in economics provides students with the analytical and technical skills that employers value. And we place considerable emphasis on providing our students with the wide array of practical skills and acquired intelligence necessary to respond to a changing natural and human environment. Our graduates bring a high degree of critical thinking, solid writing, and presentations kills to their employment field of choice. They are well-adapted, attentive, and prepared to respond to the inevitability of surprise, spontaneity, and innovation.

In addition to the General Education requirements, the B.A. Economics requires 33 credits. The 33-credit program is comprised of 24 credits of courses required for all B.A. Economics majors and 9 credits from one of two concentrations. The Behavioral Economics concentration entails taking a series of more specialized economics courses leading towards the Behavioral Economics focus. Alternatively, a student can choose to retain a more general and broader overview of Economics through the General Economics concentration.

The program goal of the B.A. in Economics is to prepare student for pursuing successful careers either in traditional fields or in any number of new, dynamic, and evolving fields. Our program provides students with a strong basis for life-long learning through professional experiences, on modern economic theory combined with a truly balanced curriculum across the social and natural sciences and the humanities and its relentless focus on recognizing the inevitability of surprise, spontaneity, and internal and external innovations.
The academic objectives of the program are to provide students with the following:

  • A systemic and holistic approach to problem solving founded on broad-based interdisciplinary knowledge crafted around sound economic principles and skillful use of traditional economics quantitative and technical skills.
  • A strong reliance on the scientific method as the foundation for approaching the understanding of risk and uncertainty in human, social, and natural systems.
  • A general understanding of economics sustainability issues stressing the importance of systemic interactions as the building blocks of the greater world.
  • Inter-disciplinary thinking and collaboration in facing and solving complex issues of the modern world.
  • Highly developed individual behaviors and attitudes towards the natural and social environments based on introspection, reflection, creativity, and the scientific method.

From the University Core Curriculum:

Majors that comply with the College of Business (CoB) core will complete the following courses as part of the 41-credit University Core Curriculum:

Core Competency 3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Literacy

  • Competency 3.1:  MATH 1108  - College Mathematics (or equivalent or higher)
  • Competency 3.2:  BANL 1100  - Introduction to Business Analytics

Core Competency 5 - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Competency 5.1: BUSA 1000  - Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Competency 5.2: ECON 1134  - Introduction to Microeconomics

Core Competency 7 - The Individual and Society

  • Competency 7.2:  ECON 1133  - Introduction to Macroeconomics


Majors that comply with the College of Business (CoB) core are not restricted in the way that the Writing Across the Curriculum requirement is satisfied.

Economics Major: 33 Credits

(includes six credits from the University Core Curriculum and 9 credits from the concentration)

Free Electives: 54 credits

  • 54 credits chosen in consultation with the adviser.

These credits can provide advanced material, either in the major or in course work, which reflects emerging issues of importance.  Students should consult with their academic adviser for course selection.