Curriculum & Requirements

For class years through 2019, click here to see the requirements.


Requirements for the Major in Economics (for class years 2020 and beyond)

Required courses:
• core: Economics 2555, 2556, 2557
• three advanced topics courses numbered in the 3000s, at least one of which must be designated as a seminar (course number higher than 3500)
• one additional course in economics numbered 2000 or higher

Because Economics 1101 is a prerequisite for Economics 1102, and both are prerequisites for most other economics courses, most students begin their work in economics with these introductory courses. Prospective majors are encouraged to take at least one core course by the end of the sophomore year, and all three core courses should normally be completed by the end of the junior year. Advanced topics courses normally have one or more of Economics 2555, 2556, and 2557 as prerequisites. An independent study can be used to satisfy no more than one major requirement. An intermediate independent study can satisfy a 2000-level elective or an advanced independent study can satisfy a 3000-level non-seminar. First-year seminars do not fulfill departmental requirements or serve as prerequisites for higher-level courses.

All prospective majors and minors are required to complete Mathematics 1600 or its equivalent prior to enrolling in the core courses. Students who aspire to advanced work in economics (e.g., an honors thesis and/or graduate study in a discipline related to economics) are strongly encouraged to master multivariate calculus (Mathematics 1800) and linear algebra (Mathematics 2000) early in their careers. Such students are also encouraged to take Mathematics 2606 instead of Economics 2557 as a prerequisite for Economics 3516. The Economics 2557 requirement is waived for students who complete Mathematics 2606 and Economics 3516. Students should consult the Department of Economics about other mathematics courses that are especially useful for advanced study in economics.

Requirements for the Minor in Economics

Required courses:
• Economics 2555 or 2556
• two additional elective courses numbered 2000 or higher
• one course from Economics 2557, Mathematics 1300, Mathematics 2606, or Psychology 2520; or a score of four or five on the AP Statistics exam (Of this list, only Economics 2557 can simultaneously satisfy the elective requirement.)

Requirements for the Minor in Economics and Finance

Required courses:
• Economics 2555, 3301, 3302
• one additional elective course numbered 2000 or higher and either one additional course from Economics 2557, Mathematics 1300, Mathematics 2606, or Psychology 2520; or a score of four or five on the AP Statistics exam (Of this list, only Economics 2557 can simultaneously satisfy the elective requirement.)
Because Economics 2555 is a prerequisite for Economics 3302 and other upper-level economics courses, prospective minors are encouraged to complete 2555 by the end of their
sophomore year.
Economics majors cannot also minor in economics and finance.
To fulfill major or minor requirements, or to serve as a prerequisite for other courses, a grade of C- or better must be earned in a course. Courses required for the major or minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail).

Requirements for an Interdisciplinary Major in Mathematics and Economics

The mathematics and economics interdisciplinary major consists of eleven required courses.
Required courses:
• Mathematics 1800
• Mathematics 2000
• Mathematics 2206
• Mathematics 2606
• two of Mathematics 2109, 2208, 3108, 3109, 3208, 3209
• either Computer Science 2101, or Mathematics 2209 or 3606
• Economics 2555
• Economics 2556
• Economics 3516
• one additional advanced course in Economics (3000–3999)
Courses that count for this major must be taken for a regular letter grade, no Credit/D/Fail, with a minimum earned grade of C-.