Department of Economics


The Department of Economics offers an undergraduate programme leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. The objective of the programme is to establish and improve the understanding of economic problems from the elementary to the most complex, and to provide its students with necessary tools to undertake critical and systematic analyses of the economic environment we live in and develop policy options. Therefore the programme prepares students for further study at the graduate level, or alternatively, enables them to enter careers in private as well as public enterprises.

  1. Develop critical and strategic thinking, improve analytic skills and techniques, and enhance effective decision-making
  2. Demonstrate ability for teamworking, collaboration and leadership
  3. Understand social and legal issues both within local and global environments
  4. Acquire proficiency in English and utilize effective communication skills
  5. Gain IT skills  which are conducive for research using various resources and databases
  6. Apply knowledge acquired into practical experience through on-site internship(s) before graduation
  7. Gain ethical consciousness and behaviour required by the  economics discipline
  8. Have detailed knowledge of economics discipline and awareness of a variety of ideas, context and frameworks;
  9. Deploy a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge in microeconomics and macroeconomics;
  10. Apply economic theory and methods to real world economic problems;
  11. Develop an understanding of statistical analysis, data gathering, and data analysis
  12. Predict and solve complex problems with appropriate economic techniques, including identifying a question, using an appropriate framework, and collecting and analyzing the data
  13. Be able to work cohesively in an international environment, by respecting the values of other cultures in business and personal areas;

On successful completion of the Economics programme and gain competencies, a student will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Economics (240 ECTS).                                                        














Faculty of Business and Economics appreciates modern concepts and new methods in education and teaching methods that support educational objectives in addition to traditional methods. Traditional class attendance is compulsory for all courses in the faculty of Business and Economics. A variety of other educational methods are also used depending on the course and instructor. All kinds of practical exercises including the IT based activities are used to support the understanding of theory and to improve practical skills. Using different educational methods is also aiming to increase the interest of students. Traditional class work is an essential way in order to give basic theory (knowledge) on each topic. Therefore at least 75% of class attendance is expected for all of the courses.

Problem solving sections of knowledge based courses are integrated with the discussion and group work sections. There are several ways to conduct group works. Students explain and discuss ideas about any course related case in a class under the supervision of instructors. Practice and discussions on example cases , which mainly used for many courses. Computer softwares are also used extensively in order to enlarge the span of experiments.

Course Projects are very useful to encourage students to use techniques and tools that they learned for solving a specific problem. Students are expected to prepare a report and/or present their projects in front of an audience at the end of the semester. Reading a new article, which is related to the course topic, and presenting its foundations is another method for engaging students’ interest in contemporary issues.

Distance learning system, which is a web based platform (Moodle-Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment-, elearning.gau.edu.tr), is used as course support system since 2007. This system offers many different opportunities in education. Announcing course events and sharing electronic materials are typical usage of the system. This system is a platform that students may be more active than traditional class work and it is an additional option for students to discuss course specific issues with their instructors and colleagues.

Some typical features of Moodle are
-Assignment submission
-Discussion forum
-Files download
-Moodle instant messages
-Online calendar
-Online news and announcement (College and course level)
-Online quiz

 This system provides transparency and equality for all students and also reduces paper waste. This system is able to direct all messages to the registered e-mail addresses of all members (Students and instructors) of the course similarly to many social networking services. Therefore it is a contemporary way of continuing education out of the classroom by communicating with students and/or planning a variety of web based activities. Usage of distance learning system within the Faculty of Business and Economics varies depending on the course and instructor. Gradually usage of the system increases since all instructors are encouraged to use the distance learning system as effectively as possible.


An undergraduate student is entitled to graduate if s/he satisfactorily completes all required courses, laboratory studies, reports and practical assignments, attains a sum of credit-hours amounting to at least the minimum required for graduation, has a CGPA of 2.00 or above and is financially of good standing.

Graduation is conferred by the University Senate upon the recommendation of the Faculties.

 The Diplomas are prepared by the Registrar`s Office, and indicate the name of the Program, the date of graduation, and the degree obtained.