The distinguishing feature of the major in Economics at Ahmedabad University is its emphasis on rigour and creativity. Students will be taught to analyse and think independently about issues using an economics theoretical framework and data-based evidence. The programme focuses on the development of a strong foundation in Mathematics to allow students to better grasp modern economic theory. They will develop skills necessary to analyse economic and financial issues using mathematical models. Students will also develop a proficiency in statistics, empirical methods and statistical software packages.
The final year undergraduate thesis requirement will train students to think creatively about a topic of their own interest and to conduct systematic scientific research on it. The thesis and the years preceding it will provide ample opportunity to develop strong writing, communication and presentation skills.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Major in Economics will introduce students to microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, econometrics, history of economic thought and a study of the Indian economy. In addition, students may choose from a wide range of electives and learn more about specific areas of Economics such as development, environment, finance and labour economics. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the undergraduate programme at Ahmedabad University, students will also take classes in other subject areas and thus have an opportunity to learn alternative theories and pedagogies. The programme will provide an early opportunity for students to learn to collaborate with peers. This is because during the Foundation Programme, and subsequently throughout the curriculum, there will be a strong emphasis on project-based learning.
On completion of the major, the student will be able to:
The degree will prepare students to study further or seek employment directly. One can pursue Graduate studies in economics or related disciplines such as Business, Law, Political Science, Public Administration and Public Policy. Employment opportunities, upon completing the major in Economics, include working in business, civil services, corporate sector, government, investment banks, journalism, media, technology firms, non-governmental organisations, think tanks and research institutions. Students will be encouraged and supported to pursue internships during the summer months.
|Offered by||Amrut Mody School of Management and School of Arts and Sciences|
|Programme||Bachelor of Arts (Honours)|
|Degree||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics|
|Minimum Programme Credits||120|
|Minimum Major Credits||60|
|Economics is also offered as a MINOR|
All students entering the undergraduate programme complete our common core, The Foundation Programme, in the first year. The Foundation Programme is designed around four Studios, each of three credits. They are:
Democracy and Justice
Environment and Climate Change
The studios deliver interdisciplinary learning around six domains:
Data Science, Communication, Behaviour, Constitution & Civilisation, Materials, and Biology & Life.
|Humanities & Languages GER|
|Computational Methods for the Social Sciences:
1) Using Large Data Analysis
2) Spatial Data
|Biological & Life Sciences GER|
|Mathematical & Physical Sciences GER: Data Science|
|Performance & Visual Arts GER|
|GER Elective 1: Communication I|
|GER Elective 2: Communication II|
|GER Elective 3: Introductory Calculus|
|GER Elective 4: Any course at the university outside the major|
|GER Elective 5: Any course at the university outside the major|
|Introduction to Microeconomics|
|Introduction to Macroeconomics|
|History of Economic Thought|
|Introduction to Statistics
|Energy and Climate Change|
|Economics of Education, Health, and Labour|
|Experimental and Behavioural Economics|
|Environmental and Resource Economics|
|Financing of Public Goods|
|Game Theory and its Applications|
|Urban Informal Economy|
|Models of Political Economy|
|Time Series Econometrics|
|History of Banking in India|
|Empirical Research Methods in Economics|
|Experimental and Behavioral Economics|
|Undergraduate Thesis or Capstone Project||6|
Free Electives provide flexibility to students to customise their education at the University.
All students will complete 30 hours of engagement with society to develop a sense of engagement, concern, build problem solving skills, and understand the role of an engaged member of a society. This will be done through a mandatory course, Engagement with Society, that would be a graduation requirement. This course can be taken anytime during the stay at the University but it is advised that the student engage with the courses during the first two years at the University. The 30 hours of volunteer work may be completed during one semester or during the Winter or Summer Break.