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Agenda Item FA 20-03

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee



02/06/20: Passed

02/06/20: Approved



The purpose of this MOU is to establish the process to be used in moving the BA in Economics from COAS to CCOB. This document has resulted from several discussions that were first initiated in Academic Year 2018-2019 and have included COAS Associate Deans of Student Learning (originally Dr. Krista Paulsen and subsequently Dr. Susan Perez), CCOB Economics and Geography Chair (Dr. Albert Loh), CCOB Associate Dean (Dr. Chris Johnson), the Director of Academic Support Services in Academic Affairs (Shawn Brayton), first year advising (Kellie Woodle), COAS advising (Liz Wandell), and CCOB advising (Dr. Jennifer Jackson and Susan Eisenberg). This document identifies the problem of focus and outlines our agreed upon action plan to remedy the problem.


Problem: All faculty who teach in the program are in CCOB. The BBA in Economics is also housed in CCOB. However, the BA in Economics is administered in COAS. In addition, there are two nearly identical minors in Economics in COAS and CCOB. This creates confusion for students and some administrative difficulties for certain processes and forms that require Chair's approval (e.g., Suspension Processing and Petitions). We aim to sunset the Economics minor in COAS and to move the BA in Economics to CCOB. We anticipate these changes to have minimal to no impact on either students or faculty. There will be some minor additional responsibilities placed on Advising staff in terms of making students aware of the changes and educating students as to the different programs of study for the BA and BBA. In particular, CCOB advisors will need to work with COAS advisors to become familiar with requirements of BA degrees including the requirement of a minor and requirements in Foreign Language/Foreign Culture.


The specific action plan and timeline for moving the program follows.

  1. Sunsetting the COAS minor in Economics as of Fall 2020. Below is a side-by-side comparison of the two minors currently in the University Catalog. The history regarding the development of two minors was unknown to those involved in the discussions. Per the programs of study, the only differences are that COAS requires one additional upper level course than does CCOB and allows for upper level GEO but not GIS courses. The CCOB minor excludes ECO 3710 and ECP 3703 and allows for upper level GIS but not GE courses. To minimize confusion and eliminate duplication of minors, the agreement is to sunset the COAS minor. Specifically, as of Fall 2020 no students will be allowed to declare the COAS Economics minor. COAS advisors will meet with all students who are currently enrolled in the COAS Economics minor during the Fall 2020 term. Students will be permitted to earn the minor under the original COAS requirements or to voluntarily switch to the CCOB minor requirements. This change will have no impact on students or faculty.


    COAS Minor: Economics (21 credits)CCOB Minor: Economics (18 credits)
    A grade of C or better is required in all courses for the minor in economics1 including prerequisites. At least 6 hours of upper level course work in economics must be completed at UNF. No lower level coursework may be used for required courses in economics without written approval of the Department of Economics Chairperson.18 semester hours are required. Of the 12 hours required at the upper level at least 6 must be taken at UNF. Grade of "C" or better is required in all minor courses. This minor is available to all majors where allowed.
    May not use ECO 3632/ECO 3701/ECP 3703 in the economics minor. Transient/concurrent enrollment at other institutions is not permitted.
    ECO 2012 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits)Prerequisites
    ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credits)ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECO 3101 Intermediate Microeconomics (3 Credits)ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics
    ECO 3203 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 Credits)Minor Requirements (12 Credits)
    ECO 3411 Business/Economics Statistics (3 Credits)ECO 3101 Intermediate Microeconomics (3 Credits)
    SELECT 2 COURSES FROM (3000/4000)ECO 3203 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
    ECO ECP ECS GEOECO 3411 Business/Economics Statistics (3 Credits)
    -SELECT 1 course from list (3000-4000 level)
    -ECO excluding ECO 3710
    -ECP excluding ECP 3703


  2. Moving the BA in Economics from COAS to CCOB as of Fall 2020. It is agreed that the current program of study will be moved from COAS to CCOB with no changes in requirements, including the requirements for a minor and foreign language/foreign culture. It is understood that the BA in Economics is not an accredited program. It is agreed that maintaining the current program of study has no impact on current students or faculty teaching in the program, and in fact may help to maintain current students and continue to attract students to the BA option. However, it is also agreed that once the program is housed in CCOB, curriculum and instruction is under the purview of the faculty in the program. The current program of study is as follows:

    Major: Economics Degree: Bachelor of Arts

    Prerequisites {6 credits)

    Requires grades of C or above.

    ECO2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits)

    ECO2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credits) or 2 courses with the ECO prefix

    Major Requirements {15 credits)

    ECO3421 Econometrics (3 Credits) Prereq: ECO3411

    ECO3101 Intermediate Microeconomics (3 Credits)

    Prereq: ECO 2023

    ECO3203 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 Credits) Prereq: ECO 2013 Coreq: ECO 3411

    ECO3411 Business/Economic Statistics (3 Credits) SELECT 1 INTERNATIONAL COURSE

    • ECO 3704 International Trade Prereq: ECO 2023
    • ECO 4713 International Monetary System Prereq: ECO 3203

    Major Electives {9 credits)

    A grade of C or better is required in all economics courses.

    SELECT 2 FROM: (3000/4000)


    or GEO 3502 Economic Geography (3 credits) ECO 3701/ ECP 3703 may not be used in the major


    • UNF study abroad courses approved by the department chair
    • Economics course {3000/4000) taken abroad
    • This requirement may be replaced with another 3 credit economics course (3000/4000 level) upon approval by the department chair in the case of extenuating circumstances.

    Minor Required

    A minor is required for this major.* (Credits will vary)

    The minor must be selected from the list of approved minors, including those outside the college of the major.

    See List of Minors in the Undergraduate Catalog. Minors are generally completed during the last 60 credit hours of your program. Your minor may require prerequisites, so choosing a minor early is beneficial. See your Advisor to declare a minor.

    *(Double majors are exempt from a minor.)


    Foreign Language/Foreign Cultures

    Foreign Language (8 CHs)/Foreign Culture Requirement (6 CHs): All BA students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete either

    1. the Foreign Language option or
    2. the Foreign Culture option, in either case with grades of C or higher.


    • Select one two-course sequence of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Latin, or American Sign Language.
    • The first course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the fall; the second course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the spring.
    • To determine whether to enroll in the first or the second course of the two-course French or Spanish sequences, incoming students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam. Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy the Foreign Language option by earning a "C" or better in the second French or second Spanish course into which they have placed.
    • Students who complete a 3000-level French or Spanish course with a "C" or above have demonstrated the mastery that is required in the two-course French or Spanish sequence and may request retroactive credit for the sequence. The retroactive credit will either be 3 or 6 credits, depending on their placement following the exam.
    • This policy applies to Chinese as well, placement being determined by the professor of the program.

    FC Foreign Culture Option

    • Students who successfully completed 2 years of foreign language in high school have the option of taking 6 hours of foreign culture courses instead of 8 hours of college level foreign language.
    • Foreign cultures contain (FC) in the course title.
    • A complete list of foreign culture courses can be found in the Arts & Sciences Advising Office.

    Free Electives (13 credits)

    SELECT 13 HRS (3000/4000)

    This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).

  3. Student advising to be transferred from COAS to CCOB. It is agreed that advising for the BA in Economics, once moved to CCOB, will be conducted by CCOB advisors. It is agreed that COAS advisors will work with CCOB advisors during Spring 2020 to familiarize them with the foreign language/foreign culture requirements for BA majors. It is also agreed that during the Spring 2020 term, COAS advisors will discuss the move of the BA in Economics with currently enrolled students as well as"assist in reassigning these students to advisors in CCOB. It is agreed that CCOB advisors will meet with all students currently enrolled in the BA in Economics program in Fall 2020.


  4. Continued marketing of the BA in Economics to students by advisors. As is current practice, it is agreed that all advisors, including first year advising, COAS advising, and CCOB advising will continue to make students who may be interested aware of the BA in Economics. That the degree will now be housed in CCOB will not change current practice in this regard.

Any matters that may arise unexpectedly and affect students, faculty, staff, or administrators as a result of sunsetting the COAS minor in economics and moving the BA in economics from COAS to CCOB and that have not been explicitly addressed in this MOU will be addressed on an "as needed" bases by the appropriate administrators, advisors, and faculty in both colleges.