Requirements for the Economics Major

All economics majors are required to successfully complete:

  • ECON 110
  • ECON 111
  • MATH 111 or equivalent
  • STAT 120 (formerly MATH 215) or STAT 250 (formerly MATH 275) or equivalent
  • Three core courses
  • Advanced Seminar, ECON 395
  • ECON 400
  • 24 additional credits in Economics courses numbered 215 or above (this includes 6 credits in ECON 398)
  • 6 Talk Credits: As part of the satisfaction of their comps exercise, majors must accumulate six talk credits during their combined junior and senior years by attending department events, including: the Veblen-Clark Lecture, the Lamson Lecture, other scheduled talks by visiting speakers sponsored by the department, and candidate job talks during recruiting years.  A list of these events will be determined before Fall term 2021. (Note: This revision will begin with the class of 2023.)

Mathematics 111 (or equivalent) and Statistics 120 (formerly Mathematics 215) or Statistics 250 (formerly Mathematics 275) or equivalent, are prerequisites for Economics 329 and 331, and Mathematics 111 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for Economics 330. We strongly encourage prospective majors to complete all mathematics prerequisites no later than the sophomore year. Math courses may be taken on an elective S/Cr/NC basis but we encourage student to take these on a graded basis. Completion of the core sequence is a prerequisite for Advanced Seminars and the integrative exercise and must occur by the end of the junior year. We encourage students to take Economics 329 in their sophomore spring or junior fall terms. Advanced Seminars (395) are typically offered only in fall term.

Any student intending graduate work in economics should also take Mathematics 120, 210 or 211, 232, 236, 241 and Statistics 250 (formerly Mathematics 275). Courses teaching additional skills such as computer science, advanced rhetoric and analysis of political and social policies are highly recommended.