Major in Economics

Core Courses in Economics (6)

  • Economics 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Economics 202 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Economics 281 Introduction to Applied Econometrics*
  • Economics 310-1 Microeconomics I
  • Economics 310-2 Microeconomics II
  • Economics 311 Macroeconomics

* The Economics 281 requirement will be waived if you take Economics 381-1 as a field course.

Advanced Field Courses in Economics (6)

Six 300-level economics courses (in addition to 310-1, 310-2 and 311). Subject to department approval, students may count up to two non-economics classes such as Anthropology 341 Economic Anthropology or Mathematics 366-1 Mathematical Models in Finance as Economics field courses.

Note that Economics 213 Economics of Gender, 250 Business and Government and Economics 270 Introduction to Environmental Economics are designed for non-majors. Majors should not take these courses, but should take Economics 342 Economics of Gender, Economics 350 Monopoly, Competition and Public Policy and Economics 370 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics which cover the same material at a higher level. Economics 213, 250 and 270 will not count either as advanced field courses or as related courses for the Major in Economics.

Courses in Related Fields (5)

  • Mathematics 220 Differential Calculus of One Variable Functions. The Mathematics 220 requirement may be fulfilled by taking Mathematics 212 and 213 Single Variable Calculus I and II, or by advanced placement in mathematics, or by completion of a more advanced calculus course. Engineering students can count courses in the General Engineering 205Engineering Analysis sequence as meeting the Mathematics 220 and the related course requirements.
  • Statistics 210 Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences or Mathematics 314 Probability and Statistics for Econometrics. If you have AP statistics credit, or are required to take another statistics class for another major, or wish to take a higher level statistics class, you should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies about substituting this for Statistics 210.

    WCAS students may double count Mathematics 220 and Statistics 210 / Mathematics 314 toward the major and toward the distribution requirement in Formal Studies.
  • Three additional courses in related fields, no more than one of which may be at the 100-level. Courses in the following departments and programs fulfill this requirement: Anthropology, Business Institutions, General Engineering 205 Engineering Analysis, History, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, and the Kellogg School of Management. Courses in other departments require the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Grade Requirement

All core, field, and related courses must be taken for a letter grade (not P/N) and must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. It should be noted that to calculate your "Economics GPA" you should not count your five related courses. The courses that you are required to count are all 6 core courses and all 6 300-level economics field courses.

Dual Majors

Most dual majors need to satisfy the full requirements of both Departments or Programs. However, there are some exceptions for students dual majoring with:

How to declare a Major

  • Download a fillable PDF worksheet to assist you in planning the courses for your major. (A hard copy can be obtained from the Economics Department undergraduate office Andersen Hall room 302.)
  • Collect a Weinberg College Declaration of Major form from the Economics Department undergraduate office (Andersen Hall room 302).
  • Complete both forms and then meet with an Economics Undergraduate Advisor to have your study plan reviewed and approved. The advisor will also sign your WCAS declaration of major form.
  • Return the signed bottom blue copy of the WCAS form to Andersen Hall room 302.
  • Finally, take the signed top white copy of the WCAS form to the Weinberg Office of Studies, 1922 Sheridan Road.