What is Economics?

Economics is the scientific study of how society manages its scarce resources. Economics majors at the UC Carl H. Lindner College of Business (Lindner) develop strong research and analytical skills while exploring issues such as the production of goods and services and the distribution of income among people. Economics involves both the investigation of theories to explain economic systems and the application of these theories to areas such as finance and banking, labor relations, poverty reduction, taxation and investment.

Admission Requirements

First-year applicants are those who have not enrolled in college or university courses (other than Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program) since graduating from high school.

Bachelor of Arts Program (Traditional Studies)
Freshman applicants to the BA program, please visit the Admissions Requirements page for further information. Applicants are advised that Lindner requires four units* of college preparatory mathematics for admission to all bachelor degree programs.

*Four units of college preparatory mathematics, to include at least algebra I and II, and two additional units such as calculus, pre-calculus, statistics, functions or finite mathematics.

Bachelor of Arts Program (Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars)
The Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars (KBS) Program is designed for highly motivated students with superior academic ability. This educational experience seeks to admit new freshmen, transfer, transition and current Lindner College of Business students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance. In addition, the program seeks to admit candidates who are innovative and who have the ability to think globally and work collaboratively. KBS students value choice, creativity and individuality, have passion for their chosen specializations, and appreciate community and teamwork. Admission is highly selective. 

Applicants for the KBS Program must meet the Lindner general admission criteria. Prospective freshmen must be eligible for the Cincinnatus Scholarship. To be considered for the Cincinnatus Scholarship, applicants must have a completed admission application (including high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores) on file with the UC Office of Admissions no later than December 1 of the applicant's high school senior year.

Transfer, transition and current Lindner students are considered for admission through the beginning of their junior years. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 to be considered for admission. Interested students who meet the required grade point average should contact the director, Undergraduate Enrollment Services, Lindner Hall, Suite 103, prior to April 1.

The Circle of Excellence is a selective distinction for top performing students, providing them with access to certain business honors privileges in order to further their PACE development. This educational opportunity seeks to admit incoming freshmen students. Selected students have access to honors sections of core courses and specialty courses such as studios. Priority registration and specialized Lindner Career Services events are additional benefits for these outstanding students.

Applicants for the Circle of Excellence must meet the Lindner general admission criteria. Prospective freshmen must be eligible for the Cincinnatus Scholarship. To be considered for the Cincinnatus Scholarship, applicants must have a completed admission application (including high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores) on file with the UC Office of Admissions no later than December 1 of the applicant's high school senior year.

Current Lindner freshmen and sophomores are considered for admission.  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 to be considered for admission. Interested students who meet the required grade point average should contact the director, Undergraduate Enrollment Services, Lindner Hall, Suite 103, prior to April 1.

Lindner College of Business economics majors typically possess (or are willing to develop) the strong analytical skills necessary for interpreting and evaluating arguments. Most enjoy reading and are successful when asked to work independently. Economics students are critical thinkers who enjoy vigorous in-class discussions and like to apply their learning to real-world problems, as well as to theoretical concerns. Consequently, they enjoy researching and debating different points of view on wide-ranging issues involving public affairs.

Graduates with a BA in economics are prepared for many different career options. This also makes economics a popular major for students planning to enter graduate programs in areas such as law or business, where economics courses are often required for admission. Education is another career option for economics majors. Our graduates often find jobs as:

  • Professional economists in academic institutions, business or government
  • Financial advisers
  • Business managers
  • High school economics teachers

Academic advisors are trained to assist students and are available on an appointment basis and on a walk-in basis during specific periods. They can help with scheduling and other questions about subjects such as study abroad, co-op and internship, academic planning, course pre-requisites and the curriculum.

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business has assigned advisors for all students. Students may schedule appointments with advisors online by using the Starfish scheduling tool which is integrated into Blackboard. Students who need assistance may come to 105 Lindner Hall or telephone (513) 556-7030.

Prospective students interested in transitioning to Lindner are invited to attend an information session held weekly. Students should telephone 513-556-7030 to schedule a session.

The degree of bachelor of arts is granted to those who complete satisfactorily the required course work for the specified degree, with university, college, major and minor grade point averages of 2.0 or better. This includes the university’s general education requirements. All students must meet the residency requirements of the college and must contract for graduation.

Students wishing to transfer to the UC Lindner College of Business from other colleges and universities must meet or exceed each of the requirements stated below. Please note that the collegiate grade point average for transfers from other colleges and universities is calculated utilizing all course work attempted at each college and university attended. 

1.  Cumulative collegiate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale over all course work.                

2.  Must demonstrate appropriate progress towards completion of the required mathematics courses. Students enrolled in a bachelor of arts in economics degree must complete either Math 1046 (a 5-hour Business Math), Math 1044 (Applied Calculus I) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1045 (Applied Calculus II) (a 6-hour math sequence) or its equivalent, OR Math 1061 (Calculus I - 4 hours) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1062 (Calculus II - 4 hours), or the equivalent from another institution. 

3.  Must be in good standing in current college or university. Conditional offers of admission will be made using transcripts with courses in progress. A final transcript is required before the student is allowed to enroll.

Students may apply online at Admissions. Lindner admits transfer students to begin in each academic term. 

Applicants wishing to transition from other UC colleges to the Lindner College of Business program must meet or exceed each of the admission requirements stated below. Please note that the collegiate grade point average for students transitioning from other colleges is calculated utilizing all college-level course work attempted at each UC college and other universities attended.

1.  Cumulative collegiate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale over all course work.                

2.  Must demonstrate appropriate progress towards completion of the required mathematics courses. Students enrolled in a bachelor of arts in economics degree must complete either Math 1046 (a 5-hour Business Math), Math 1044 (Applied Calculus I) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1045 (Applied Calculus II) (a 6-hour math sequence) or its equivalent, OR Math 1061 (Calculus I - 4 hours) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1062 (Calculus II - 4 hours), or the equivalent from another institution. 

3.  Must have at least a 2.0 University of Cincinnati GPA, in addition to a 2.5 overall GPA. Conditional offers of admission will be made using transcripts with courses in progress. A final transcript is required before the student is allowed to enroll.

Applications for a change in college and program may be obtained online at the Registrar's website. Applications are due by the date printed on the application. All applications for Lindner must be submitted to the Undergraduate Programs Office, Lindner Hall, Suite 105.

Lindner accepts transition students to begin in each academic term.  Students must meet the above admission requirements by the end of the semester prior to admission.

Free Electives

Free elective coursework.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Free Electives

Free elective coursework.

Free elective coursework

36

General Requirements

Required Coursework
Course Title/Desc Credit
General Requirements

Required Coursework

MATH1044 Applied Calculus I

Minimum Grade: C-

3
ENGL2089 Intermediate Composition

3
ENGL1001 English Composition

Minimum Grade: C-

3
MATH1045 Applied Calculus II

3
Contemporary topics.

Students complete two courses from two different categories, totaling six credit hours.

BoKS: DCSETI

6
Natural Sciences

Students complete six hours of approved coursework.

BoKS: NS

6
Foreign Language/Study Abroad

Students complete 12 credit hours from approved study abroad or foreign language coursework.

12
Humanities or Fine Arts

Students complete six hours of approved coursework.

BoKS: FAHU

6
Historical Perspectives

Students complete six hours of approved coursework.

BoKS: HP

6

Major Requirements

BA Economics major coursework
Course Title/Desc Credit
Major Requirements

BA Economics major coursework

ECON2020 Intermediate Microeconomics

3
ECON4010 Introduction to Econometrics

3
ECON2030 Intermediate Macroeconomics

3
ECON5095 Topics in Economics

3
BANA2082 Business Analytics II

3
ECON1001 Introduction to Microeconomics

3
ECON1002 Introduction to Macroeconomics

3
BANA2081 Business Analytics I

3
Economics Electives

Students complete 12 hours approved major electives.

12

Economics Electives

Students complete 12 hours of approved courses. Only two 3000 level courses may apply to the major. All other major electives must be at the 4000 level or higher.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Economics Electives

Students complete 12 hours of approved courses. Only two 3000 level courses may apply to the major. All other major electives must be at the 4000 level or higher.

ECON3085 Environmental Economics

3
ECON3082 Comparative Economic Systems

3
ECON3083 The Economy of Greater China: Transition, Development and Integration

3
ECON3065 Women and the Economy

3
Economics electives

Students may choose from any ECON courses at the 4000 level or higher.

3

Application Deadlines

Prospective Freshmen - Freshman applicants hoping to begin in the fall semester are urged to submit their applications prior to December 1. Applications should be filed as soon after September 1 of the previous year as possible. First-year students must provide an official transcript of their high school record and scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) program. Those who have participated in a Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program should submit official copies of any college or university transcripts. The Lindner College of Business admits freshmen in the fall or spring semesters.   

Changing Majors within UC - Students applying for admission to the Lindner College of Business from other UC colleges should complete a change in college application form in accordance with the semester deadlines printed on the reverse side of the form. This document may be obtained online at the Registrar's web site.

Transferring to UC - Students applying for admission to the Lindner College of Business from non-UC colleges should submit a University of Cincinnati online application, at Admissions. Students are urged to file their applications at least two months prior to the beginning of the semester in which they hope to enter the college.   

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The UC Lindner College of Business has been accredited continuously since 1919 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business colleges.