Rep. Harrison Files Bill to Require Economics in College


“Economic illiteracy is pervasive, enables socialist policies, and has led to the crushing inflation and debt harming all Texans. . ."

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Rep. Brian Harrison filed House Bill 1183 to require all college students at Texas public universities to take a basic economics course. This bill builds on the work done last session to require economics in high school. As Thomas Jefferson rightfully argued, the only way for self-government to be successful is for there to be an educated citizenry.

Statement from Representative Brian Harrison:


“Economic illiteracy is pervasive, enables socialist policies, and has led to the crushing inflation and debt harming all Texans. I am proud to file HB 1183 to require basic economics for all baccalaureate and associate degrees from Texas state universities.”

Key Provisions: - Requires 3 semester credit hours in an economics course to receive an associate or baccalaureate degree from a Texas public institution of higher education. - Requires the economics course to dedicate equal time to macroeconomics and microeconomics.

HB 1183 is Below.

H.B. No.A1183 By: Harrison

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to requiring coursework in economics for an associate or baccalaureate degree program at a public institution of higher education.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter F, Chapter 51, Education Code, is amended by addingSection 51.311 to read as follows:
Sec.A51.311.AAECONOMICS.
(a) In this section, "institution of higher education" has the meaning assigned by Section 61.003.
(b) An institution of higher education may not award an associate or baccalaureate degree to any person unless the person has credit for at least three semester credit hours or the equivalent for a course in economics that dedicates equal time to macroeconomics and microeconomics.
 
SECTION 2 Section 51.311, Education Code, as added by this Act, applies only to a student who enrolls in an associate or baccalaureate degree program at a public institution of higher education on or after January 1, 2024.

SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.
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