Written by: Brian Hickey
While the economy may be a major problem in America, it is a minor achievement at VSU.
Made available as of fall 2013, business as well as non-business majors may choose a minor in economics.
To receive the minor, students must take 15 credit hours of economics courses. The required courses include Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (listed as ECON 2105 and 2106) as well as nine credit hours of upper-level ECON courses.
Students who want to sign up for the minor should go to the Student Advising Center on the third floor of Thaxton Hall (on north campus) to fill out the economics minor checklist.
“Economics is about so much more than calculating GDPs and unemployment rates,” Dr. Atilla Cseh, department head and associate professor of economics, said. “Economics is more of a way of thinking about issues and problems around us.”
The implementation of the new minor has come at a critical time for VSU students, and aside from being beneficial information anyone should know, it can also complement a variety of majors.
“Students majoring in political science, sociology, psychology or math may especially benefit from this minor,” Cseh said. “I believe an economics minor complements their skills well. However, economics is also an excellent precursor to many graduate degrees such as finance, management (and) economics, obviously, (as well as an) MBA, law school, urban affairs, public administration or international relations.”
Students agree that the minor could benefit an array of focuses.
“It could be beneficial to other majors simply because economics is a very important subject, and it’s definitely relevant to your everyday living,” Ashlyn Seymour, senior finance major, said.