College of Social Sciences, UH Mānoa
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Our Fully Online BA Degree Completion Program in Economics equips you to understand and address pressing social issues and policy problems, including economic challenges in Hawaiʻi, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific region. Customize your studies to fit your schedule while enhancing your quantitative analysis and research communication skills. Join us on this transformative journey to make a positive impact by harnessing the power of economics for meaningful change, all from the comfort of your own home.

This Fully Online BA Degree Completion Program is WASC-approved.

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Program Learning Objectives

  • Apply economic reasoning to contemporary social issues and policy problems.
  • Apply quantitative techniques to economic analyses.
  • Develop the expertise needed to communicate effectively the results of economic research and analysis to colleagues and decision-makers through written reports.

General Information

The Fully Online BA Degree Completion Program is entirely online, enabling you to earn your degree without the need to visit the UH Mānoa campus. Coursework is completed during the regular Fall and Spring 16-week semesters. Classes may be synchronous (in real time) or asynchronous (on your schedule).

The UH Mānoa graduation requirement is 45 upper division (300+) credits. If you don’t have any prior credits that can be counted towards this total, you may need to take elective courses to reach the 45-credit requirement. Additionally, there may be a need for extra credits to fulfill the overall UH Mānoa graduation credit requirement. Our advisors will assess your transcripts and help determine your specific needs.

The degree has three required courses:

  • ECON 300 – Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 301 – Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 321 – Introduction to Statistics

And five elective courses (3 courses 300+ and two courses 420+) from the following:

  • ECON 332 – Economics of Global Climate Change
  • ECON 311 – Economy of Hawaii
  • ECON 361 – Seminar: Women and International Development
  • ECON 358 – Environmental Economics
  • ECON 409 – The Ocean Economy
  • ECON 440 – Monetary Theory and Policy
  • ECON 442 – Development Economics
  • ECON 444 – Economics of Happiness
  • ECON 470 – Industrial Organization
  • ECON 476 – Law and Economics

Required courses are offered in various semesters, depending on instructor availability, and your advisor will assist in determining the optimal order to take these courses. While a sample schedule is provided as one potential path, alternative options are also available.

Economists have a wide range of potential career paths to explore. Some of the job options available to them include financial consultants, price or research analysts, and health economists for insurance companies. Additionally, economists have opportunities to work with state or federal governments, in investment banking, private companies, and the business industry.

Advising and Support

For general information regarding this Fully Online BA Degree Completion Program and for personalized assistance specifically for Economics distance learners, please contact:

Aj Simpao

AJ Simpao

Academic/Online Programs Advisor

Saunders Hall 311

(808) 956-0317