Study Away Opportunities

Many study away programs offer courses that will count towards the economics major. Students who desire credit for an economics course(s) taken away should obtain written approval from their economics advisor (or department chair) prior to leaving Bowdoin. Generally we encourage students to take 2000-level electives abroad. The normal expectation is that students will take the three intermediate core courses (2555, 2556, 2557) and the three (or two, depending on class year; see here for detail on requirements) required advanced-topics courses (3000-level) at Bowdoin. Students are urged to have completed Economics 2555, 2556, and 2557 before their senior year. Most students who plan to study away should try to take the intermediate micro (2555) and macro (2556) courses before they leave.

One or two credits are typically granted for elective courses taken in European programs; no more than one intermediate core course and no more than two courses at U.S. institutions will normally be considered for credit toward the Economics major. One intermediate core course can be taken at the London School of Economics (LSE) and exceptions are made to grant 3000-level credit for one 3000-level course at LSE. No more than two course credits in total for courses taken elsewhere can be counted towards the major.

Accounting, business management, marketing, and other business-related courses are not accepted for credit.

The Off-Campus Study Office can provide you with more information about study abroad opportunities as well as a list of Bowdoin-approved programs.