Department Chair: Thomas Waters
Office: 328 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1550
Terrence L. Liska
Abdollah S. Soofi
Associate Professors:
John Ifediora
Brian W. Peckham


Comprehensive Business & Economics
Computer Science Concentration
Business & Econmics with Vocational Business Studies Concentration
Comprehensive Social Sciences with a Concentration in Economics-Economics Education (teaching)



About The Department & Major

The economics program at UW-Platteville is designed to bridge the gap between liberal and vocational education. In fulfilling requirements for the economics major, the student will master the analytical core of economics as well as functional areas of business and behavioral sciences and the analytical approach to problem solving.

Economics is the social science of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. The study of economics, in part, concentrates on the study of factors of production, i.e. natural resources, capital, labor, and entrepreneurship.

Economic ideas confront us every day, whether we are exchanging our labor for money or our money for goods and services, borrowing or saving, or electing officials to represent us.

We face many complex problems directly related to the economy, including inflation, unemployment, pollution, energy shortages and government deficits. The study of economics helps us to understand the nature and causes of such problems and enables us to develop policies, programs and strategies for dealing with them. A background in economics has cultural, ethical and political value and enables an individual to be a more effective decision maker as a producer, consumer, and citizen.

The department offers a 36-credit major and a 24-credit minor in economics, a 60-credit comprehensive business and economics major (with concentrations available in computer science or in vocational business studies, if desired), and an economics concentration in the social science teaching major. For more information about the teaching major contact the director of the School of Education.

Students in all economics programs are encouraged to take advantage of foreign study opportunities, including the cooperative programs with the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico; St. Marys College in London, England and the Spanish-American Institute in Seville, Spain.

General Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for Graduation 120 credits
General Education 44-58 credits
Major Studies 36 or 60 credits

Economics Major (36 required course credits)

Required Courses

Choose any six additional courses from the following:

(12 credits of which must be taken in economics courses numbered 3000 or above)

Students anticipating graduate study in economics are strongly encouraged to complete MATH 2640, MATH 2740, MATH 3230, MATH 4230 and MATH 4420.

Comprehensive Business and Economics (60 credits)

Required Courses

Students majoring in business can get a double major in business and in comprehensive business and economics by completing three courses in addition to those required for the business major.

Note: The balance of the 60-credit program consists of elective courses chosen from business, economics and selected computer science courses. See the chairperson of the Department of Economics for further information.

Comprehensive Business and Economics with Computer Science Concentration

Available by taking the following computer science requirements in addition to the above 60-credit program.

Required Courses

Choose any three courses from the following:

For a stronger concentration in Computer Science, a student should take the required course above plus one of the following options:

Business And Economics With Vocational Business Studies Concentration

Students from vocational-technical adult education schools and from unaccredited institutions who have done course work in a business program may transfer to

UW-Platteville. They can combine their previous work with liberal and professional studies at this university to earn the baccalaureate degree. To graduate with a bachelor of science degree in business and economics, students must (1) complete all general university requirements, (2) complete the 60-credit program speci?ed above for the comprehensive major, and (3) earn in residence a minimum of 34 credits in the major area and 31 credits in liberal arts courses. The student, in consultation with the advisor, may pursue in-depth work in accounting, business administration, or economics.

The vocational-technical background of each student will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Waivers and credits will be granted by the appropriate faculty, based upon transcripts, tests or other criteria. As a general policy, credits will not be granted for courses numbered 3000 and above, nor for grades below C. However, up to 24 credits of the business and economics core and up to 15 credits of the general university requirements may be accepted.

Comprehensive Social Sciences with a Concentration in Economics-Economics Education (teaching)

The College of Liberal Arts and Education offers a major for certification of social science teachers with an area concentration in economics. Students with a major in comprehensive social sciences with a concentration in economics-economics education will receive a B.A. degree.

For more information see the social sciences comprehensive major.

Economics Minor (24 credits)