Economics is the study of how a society chooses to allocate its finite resources among the infinite demands of its members. This includes analysis of the decisions made by households and firms about production and consumption of finished goods, inputs to production, and labor services, in addition to analysis of the impact of public policies on these decisions and on the economic well-being of society and its members.
Specific subject areas studied in economics include aggregate analysis of business cycles and economic growth (macroeconomics), analysis of labor markets, public finance and taxation, industrial organization, international trade, the economics of money and banking, and studies in specialized fields.
The academic programs of the Department of Economics seek to develop students’ capacity to think systematically and analytically about social issues. These analytical abilities give our graduates a strong fundamental background for success in professional life. The department’s graduate programs prepare students for careers as economists in business, government, and the academic community. The undergraduate program has been designed to allow students maximum flexibility to orient their curriculum either toward preparation for graduate study in law, business, or economics, or toward professional courses and career placement.
In addition to the academic experience, the department offers undergraduate students an opportunity for practical experience through our internship program (ECON 4390 ). The internship program allows students to earn advanced economics credit while obtaining practical experience in a professional environment.
To declare a major in Economics, the following must be met.
First time in college students may declare Economics as their major if they meet the qualifications required for admission to the University of Houston.
UH students who wish to change their majors to Economics must have a minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA on all coursework taken at UH.
Students who transfer from other colleges of universities must have a cumulative 2.25 GPA in previous coursework.
In addition, all students beyond their freshman year must enroll in, and remain enrolled in, one of the following courses: