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Economics Minor

Complement Your Studies With a Practical Economics Minor. 

Why do the rich get richer while the poor get poorer? How do large international firms affect wages, technology, and economic development? What caused the Great Recession? Economics seeks to answer these questions and many more. If these topics intrigue and excite you, consider pursuing a minor in Economics. 

Through UMass Boston’s Economics Minor, you’ll develop an understanding of economic theory, including micro and macroeconomic principles, and data analysis. You’ll learn how to apply economic principles to real-world problems while preparing for a career in business, finance, government, and more.

Expand Your Studies

How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: After successfully completing MATH 114QR or MATH 115 (or placing into MATH 129/MATH 130 or higher), you can declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Introductory Courses (6 Credits)

  • ECON 101 - Introduction to Microeconomics 3 Credit(s)
  • ECON 102 - Introduction to Macroeconomics 3 Credit(s)

Electives (12 Credits)

Take four electives at the 200-level or higher. A minimum of two courses must be 300 or 400-level.

  • ECON 201 - Microeconomic Theory 3 Credit(s)
  • ECON 202 - Macroeconomic Theory 3 Credit(s)
  • ECON 205 - Statistical Methods 3 Credit(s)
  • ECON 212G - Economics of the Metropolitan Area 3 Credit(s)
  • ECON 214GL - Ecological Economics 3 Credit(s)
  • Any 300 and 400-level ECON courses

Note: You can take one of the following courses at UMass Boston instead of ECON 205 and it will be counted as one of the two permitted transfer courses:

  • ENVSCI 261 - Statistics for Environmental Science 3 Credit(s)
  • MSIS 111L - Managerial Statistics 3 Credit(s)
  • MATH 125 - Introductory Statistics 3 Credit(s)
  • PSYCH 370 - Statistics 3 Credit(s)

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including two introductory courses and four electives.

Residency: At least four courses applied toward the minor must be completed at UMass Boston.


Michael Carr, PhD, Economics Department Chair    
Wheatley Hall, 5th Floor, Room 32

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