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Economics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Bachelor of Arts program offered by Northern Illinois University provides students with a strong intuitive understanding of the role economics incentives play in shaping society, and in the role society plays in shaping incentives.

The department requires all economics majors to complete a capstone research paper in conjunction with any 400-level economics course. In this paper you are expected to demonstrate a satisfactory ability to analyze an economic issue or problem and explain your findings effectively in writing.

The research paper is evaluated and jointly approved by the professor of the corresponding 400-level economics course and the director of undergraduate studies.

Careers in Economics

Students who major in Economics possess important skills that are highly valued in today's job market. Hence, majors in Economics have a wide and varied array of employment opportunities in administration, marketing research, financial services, sales, management, insurance, real estate, public and social services, as well as many other exciting fields.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Contemporary Economic Issues
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Labor Economics
  • Labor Problems
  • Minority Economic Problems
  • Monetary Policy
  • Government and Business
  • International Economics
  • Economic Area Studies
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Current Economic Issues
  • Health Economics
  • Income Distribution and Poverty
  • Economics and Equity
  • Game Theory
  • Industrial Economics
  • Introduction to Urban and Regional Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Basic Econometrics and Economic Applications
  • Basic Econometrics Laboratory
  • Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Economics
  • Mathematical Economics Laboratory
  • Directed Study
  • Third Clinical Secondary School Experience in History/Social Sciences

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • High school diploma: You must have graduated by the time you start at NIU in order to be admitted
  • Grades: You must have passing grades equivalent to a U.S. C+ average on all transcripts and/or exam scores
  • A completed NIU application
  • A $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all high schools attended
  • ACT/SAT score

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18932 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9466 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    9466 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4733 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9466 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4733 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for DeKalb

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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