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Box 41014, Lubbock, TX 79409-1014
T 806.742.2201, F 806.742.1137, www.depts.ttu.edu/economics

 

About the Program

This department supervises the following degree programs:

        • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
        • Bachelor of Science in Economics
        • Bachelor of Science in International Economics
        • Master of Arts in Economics
        • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics

Dual Degree Program

  • Master of Public Administration / Master of Arts in Economics

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Undergraduate Program

Students with either a major or minor in the Department of Economics must have at least a C in all economics courses in all programs. Moreover, a minimum grade of C is required in all core courses in the B.S. in International Economics degree. Courses specifically required in the core by course number for the B.S.I.E. may not be taken pass/fail. Courses required for the major or minor in the B.A. or B.S. in Economics degree may not be taken pass/fail. Courses taken pass/fail by a student before declaring a major or minor will be evaluated by the curriculum committee of the department and a decision rendered as to whether they will satisfy the degree requirements.

Students choosing any of the undergraduate programs offered by the Department of Economics must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of their economics courses in residence at Texas Tech University. Students minoring in economics must complete a minimum of 6 semester hours of their economics courses in residence at Texas Tech.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics. The undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree is offered to students who want to pursue a broad liberal arts education while at the same time studying the complex interrelationships between consumers, producers, and governments in an economic system. A minimum of 30 semester hours in economics courses is required for the major, including ECO 2301, 2302, 3311, 3312, and 4314 plus 15 hours of advanced economics courses. Additional requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Economics include an adjunct course in statistics (MATH 2345 or Math 2300 or equivalent) and 18 semester hours in a minor field of choice. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required to complete the degree. Candidates for the B.A. degree in economics are encouraged to consult with their advisors for more information. Other requirements appear in the college's “Undergraduate General Degree Requirements."

Bachelor of Science in Economics. The undergraduate program leading to the 120 credit hour Bachelor of Science degree combines a broad liberal education with rigorous and extensive training in theoretical and mathematical economics. The program is highly structured and technically oriented. Students in this major must include ECO 2301, 2302, 3311, 3312, ECO 4305, and 21 hours of advanced economics electives. The mathematics minor consists of 18 hours of mathematics subject to the approval of the Mathematics Department. The basic requirements are listed in the college's “Undergraduate General Degree Requirements." The adjunct requirements include a two-semester course sequence in statistics (MATH 4342 and 4343) in addition to the math minor.

Bachelor of Science in International Economics. The B.S.I.E. is a unique degree program that provides correlated emphasis on international economics, international politics, and international business. See the curriculum table belowfor course requirements.

Minor in Economics. Requirements for the minor in economics are ECO 2301, 2302, 3311, 3312, and two elective courses in advanced economics.

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Graduate Program

Students seeking a degree in economics should consult with the graduate advisor or the chairperson of the department.

Master's Program

Non-Thesis Option. The non-thesis plan requires successful completion of 12 courses (36 credit hours) and passing of a comprehensive written examination for the Master of Arts in Economics degree. The coursework includes ECO 5311 and 5312; 21 hours of economic electives; and 9 hours of approved general electives.

Thesis Option. The thesis plan requires successful completion of 12 courses (36 credit hours), writing an M.A. thesis, and a successful final defense of the M.A. thesis. The coursework includes ECO 5311, 5312, and 6000 (6 hours); 15 hours of economics electives; and 9 hours of approved general electives.

Doctoral Program

The candidate for the doctoral degree must choose three specializations from within the areas of international economics, monetary economics, public finance, labor economics, environmental and natural resource economics, industrial organization, and special fields of economics.

In addition, the doctoral student must demonstrate a mathematical proficiency in calculus and analytical geometry.

Dual Degree Program

The Department of Political Science and the Department of Economics, both in the College of Arts and Sciences, offer a 54-hour dual degree program leading to the Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in Economics degrees. The program is designed primarily for students who wish to complement their administrative skills with knowledge of economics. The dual M.P. A.–M.A. in Economics degree program will be particularly helpful to students intending to specialize in areas such as fiscal administration, health administration, and policy analysis.

Students wishing to pursue this dual degree program must apply to, and be accepted by, both the M.P. A. program in the Department of Political Science and the Department of Economics. To fulfill the requirements of the dual degree program, the student must take 18 hours of core courses in public administration, 18 hours of core courses in economics, and 12 hours of approved elective courses in public administration, economics, or in a related field, plus 6 hours of internship in public administration for a total of 54 hours. The first two years of study will consist entirely of the core courses in public administration and economics. The third year will consist of the balance of coursework in specialized areas in public administration or economics.

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Faculty

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Klaus G. Becker, Ph.D., Chairperson

Associate Professors: Al-Hmoud, Becker, Gilbert, McComb, Noel, Rahnama, von Ende
Assistant Professors: Abo-Zaid, Avetisyan, DeAngelo, Gittings, Lopez, Valcarcel
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