Economics is an essential tool for understanding the complexities of modern society. Economics analyzes how people with limited resources make choices and how we might make better choices. A minor in economics is an extremely flexible and marketable choice. Whether a student's primary interest is in business, communications, policy, data management, international studies, or engineering, a minor in economics provides an additional edge in the workplace.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: ECON

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 21

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core) 13
ECON 104Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core) 13
ECON 306Intermediate Microeconomics3
Total Credits9

Must be completed with a minimum grade of C.


Select four electives from courses in economics at the 3xx or 4xx level 112
Total Credits12
  • ECON 385 International Economic Policy may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  • With permission of the department chair or undergraduate director, a course in a closely-related field may be substituted for 3 credits of economics electives. A course in statistics is highly-recommended, and BUS 210 Business Analytics I (Mason Core) or STAT 344 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I may be substituted for up to 3 credits of economics electives.
  • A minimum of nine credits of upper-level economics courses must be taken at Mason.