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Economics Minor

The minor in Economics is designed to meet the needs of students in a number of majors. Economics is a natural complement to other social sciences and can serve as a field of application for majors. 

Minor courses include the same introductory and intermediate theory courses that form the core of both economics degrees Clarion offers.  The upper-division courses permit the student to apply theory in subject areas that complement the student's field of study.  If a student minoring in economics wishes to pursue a B.A. degree or a B.S.B.A. in Economics degree, no credits will be lost in the transition.

The minor in economics consists of 18 credit hours to be taken from the existing courses (three credits each) as indicated below: 

  • ECON 211: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 212: Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 310: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 311: Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Select two 300- or 400-level elective economics courses in consultation with the coordinator of the minor

Minor in International Business

The minor in International Business is designed to complement any major. It enhances the students' knowledge of the international environment. Many domestically educated managers have been disadvantaged in the international arena due to their lack of language proficiency, international sensitivity and multinational knowledge.

The minor combines business knowledge, language competency and international experience, which is necessary for interaction with foreign businesses and government officials. The minor allows students to apply the knowledge and skills of a major to an international setting.

The minor in international business may be used to strengthen any major so long as the student has met all prerequisites for courses in the program.


Students must complete at least four upper-division international business courses from among the following 12 to 15 credits.

  • ACTG 461: 

International Accounting
(prerequisites:  ACTG 351)

  • BSAD 341: 

International Environmental Law

  • ECON 312:

Comparative Economic Systems
(prerequisites:  ECON 211)

  • ECON 361:

International Economic Relations
(prerequisites:  ECON 211; ECON 212)

  • ECON 363:

Economic Development
(prerequisites:  ECON 211; ECON 212)

  • ECON 461: 

Technology Transfer in Multinational Corporations
(prerequisite:  ECON 361)

  • FIN 480:

Multinational Financial Management
(prerequisites:  ECON 211; ECON 212; ACTG 251; ACTG 252; FIN 370)

  • MGMT 426: 

Global Business Leadership
(prerequisites:  MGMT 320)

  • MKTG 469: 

International Marketing
(prerequisites:  MKTG 360)

 Additional Requirements: 
Students must fulfill three to six credits from the following list for a total of 18 credits.

  • BSAD 437:

International Business Seminar

  • COOP 321/421:

Internship in International Business

  • Study abroad or other quailfied international experience
  • Foreign language

Additional information can be obtained from the Clarion University's Office of International Programs.

Pre-Law Options

There is no required major to be eligible to sit for the LSAT or for entrance to law school. However, your choice of an undergraduate major is important. The Department of Economics offers two majors for pre-law students. 

Our traditional Bachelor of Arts in Economics is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. Our Bachelor of Science in Business Economics is offered through the College of Business Administration. 

For more information about pre-law options in economics, you should speak to Dr. Rod Raehsler, chairperson, 333 Still Hall, by email at, or by phone at 393-2627.


The Department of Economics faculty recommends that all students interested in advanced degrees in law take at least six hours of economics.  ECON 211: Principles of Macroeconomics and ECON 212: Principles of Microeconomics are specifically recommended.

Some useful upper-level classes in preparation for law school include:

  • ECON 342: The Economics of Government and Business
  • ECON 351: Labor Economics
  • ECON 370: Money and Banking
  • ECON 371: Public Finance

Other courses specifically recommended of all pre-law students include: ACTG 251, 252; HIST 120, 121; PS 211, 354, and 364.