Economics Program Requirements
These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.
Upon completion of the Economics major, students will be able to demonstrate:
- A working knowledge of economic vocabulary, concepts, theories, and facts.
- An understanding of the limitations of economic theories along with the ability to integrate theories with their limitations.
- An appreciation of the economic world, its significance in human affairs, and the importance of the body of economic knowledge as a means to further human well-being.
- An understanding of the interconnections between economic systems and political, social, and cultural systems as well as the natural environment.
- The skills of reading economic subject material accurately and critically; expressing economic ideas clearly; applying economic theories in the real world appropriately; and using analytical, mathematical, and graphical economic tools all as preparation for their professional careers and lives as citizens.
To major in Economics, the student and the coordinator of Economics (who becomes the student's academic advisor) initiate a written Social Science Major-by-Contract with the following stipulations:
- Drawn up by the student and two faculty members, one representing the principal discipline (Economics) and one representing an appropriate secondary discipline.
- Approved and signed (normally by the time the student has reached the fifth semester or 75 credits) by the student, the two faculty sponsors, the coordinator of Economics, the chair(s) of the department(s) involved, and the academic dean.
- Subject to modification at the request of the student or advisor; any modifications must be agreed to by all parties to the contract.
The written contract will state how the student is to complete a minimum of 48 credits to be distributed as follows:
- At least 21 credits in Economics, including a 4000-level Independent Study
- At least 18 credits in the secondary discipline
- At least one course in History (3 cr)
- At least one course in two of the following disciplines: Environmental Studies, Geography, Global Studies, Political Science (6 cr)
- Included among all the 48 credits earned, at least 12 credits must be at least at the 2000-level and an additional 12 credits must be at least at the 3000-level.
Cross-listed courses may be used to fulfill these requirements, but the same course cannot be used to fulfill both the principal and the secondary disciplines requirements. Courses used to satisfy the above requirements may also be used to satisfy the general education requirements.
Law Degree (CU/VLS 3+2)
This major participates in the 3+2 program with Vermont Law School, in which highly-focused students can earn a Bachelor's degree in just three years at CU and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in just two years at VLS.
For details, see the Law Degree page.