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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, BA (SJSU Online)

Fully Online Degree Completion Program

The mission of SJSU Online is to expand higher education access and degree attainment for learners requiring a fully online degree pathway. This upper division degree completion program is offered through a special session that requires a separate application process. 

The Department of Economics  has one core mission: to train both graduate and undergraduate students in the economic way of thinking and market process. Our internationally recognized faculty will guide your exploration of economic theory, equipping you with the analytical decision-making skills to prepare you to succeed in careers in business, public policy, government service, data management, as well as providing a solid foundation for future doctoral studies in economics.

Economics is a general program, flexible enough to allow for a variety of student objectives. The Economics BA has 17 units of open electives. These elective units give students the flexibility to supplement the thinking skills developed in economics with technical skills developed in such fields as finance, marketing, and public relations. A bachelor degree in economics serves as an excellent springboard to an MBA or law degree.

Program Delivery

The program is delivered completely online. Classes will be delivered fully online both asynchronously (no designated days/times) and synchronously (designated days/times).   

Summary of Degree Units  
Transfer Units           60
University Graduation Requirements    9
Major Requirements       44
University Electives    7
Total     120

Program Roadmaps

The 2-Year Roadmaps are available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums).

Transfer Units (60 units)

  • All applicants are required to have completed at least 60 transferable semester or 90 quarter units with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better. 

  • Applicants must also have completed the Core Lower Division General Education Requirements (39 units).

  • All four CSU-approved Basics Skills courses must be completed with a C- or better:

(A1) Oral Communication/Speech
(A2) Written English Composition
(A3) Critical Thinking/Logic
(B4) Math/Quantitative Reasoning (above the level of intermediate algebra)

​​MATH 71X - Calculus for Business and Aviation  may be used instead of MATH 71. MATH 30  or 30X  also accepted.

University Requirements

Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment, and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements  are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Core Lower Division General Education

The Core Lower Division General Education Requirements  (39 units) must be completed before transferring from a community college or any university.

Upper Division General Education (9 units)

Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult your major advisor before selecting courses to satisfy the Upper Division General Education Requirements .

American Institutions

Recommend completion before transferring from a community college or any university. The American Institutions (AI) Requirement (US123)  is normally satisfied with the completion of General Education Area D. Consult your major advisor to confirm you have satisfied the requirement.

Physical Education

The Physical Education Requirement  (2 units) is recommended to be completed before transferring from a community college or any university. All SJSU undergraduate students, regardless of major, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in physical activities. To accommodate students’ needs and interests, the university offers a diverse selection of activity courses

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a Writing in the Disciplines (100W) course. The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  is satisfied by a course in the major. A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirements.

Major Requirements (44 units)

All courses required in the major (Preparation, Core, Area Courses, and major electives) must be completed with a minimum grade of “C-“. 

Capstone Experience (4 Units)

Complete one course:

Upper Division Economics Electives (24 units)

Select six 100-level courses with the Department of Economics  with the exception of ECON 109 , which is not intended for majors.

University Electives (7 units)

Total Units Required (120 units)