Economics

The general sequence of courses in Economics is as follows: theory, then application; theory, then application. Students first take ECN 111 followed by an applied course from ECN 205-250; then students take the intermediate theory and econometrics courses ECN 280, 282. and 286 followed by at least one advanced analysis class (ECN 300-349) and then two applied senior seminars (ECN 350-399). Students need to be sure to take the required prerequisites, including math courses, as needed (see below). Non majors and students interested in related concentrations (e.g., environmental studies, global development studies, policy studies) often take ECN 111, one (or two) classes in range 205-250, and sometimes ECN 280, 282, and/or 286. 

Economics 111 must be completed before other Economics courses may be taken (unless a student has AP/IB Economics scores of 4 or higher). After Economics 111, a student will take a "lower 200-level" course (ECN 205 to ECN 250). These courses cover different areas of applied economics such as international economics, economic development, and resource and environmental economics. (Note that these courses are not prerequisites to take a 300-level seminar in the same subject area.) Some of these courses are related to interdisciplinary concentrations such as Global Development Studies or Environmental Studies. A student must take a "lower 200-level" ECN course and a semester of calculus (MAT 124 or MAT 131) before taking the intermediate theory courses ECN 280 and ECN 282. The intermediate theory courses are typically taken in the second year of study.  Ideally, in the second year or prior, a student should also complete MAT 209 Applied Statistics, which is a prerequisite for the required Econometrics class (ECN 286).  (Note, a student who takes MAT 209 will not receive credit for MAT 115; hence, students interested in majoring in Economics should not take MAT 115 in their first year.)  In the third year, students will normally take Econometrics (ECN 286) and an Advanced Analysis course (ECN 300-350).  The fourth year, then is comprised of two senior seminars (ECN 350-399).  There is also a history requirement, which can be completed at any time.

There are many ways to complete a major in Economics.  The schedule below outlines the typical schedule of an Economics major.  A student who is interested in spending a semester on Off-Campus Studey (OCS) may choose to double up on their Econometrics class (ECN 286) and Advance Analysis course (ECN 300-350) in a given semester.  Students contemplating a year-long off-campus program should talk with that program adviser before the start of their second year to determine if this is possible.

FIRST YEAR FALL   FIRST YEAR SPRING
ECN 111   lower-200 level course (ECN 205-250)
MAT 131   MAT 209
     
SECOND YEAR FALL   SECOND YEAR SPRING
ECN 280 or ECN 282   ECN 280 or ECN 282
    Approved History course
     
     
THIRD YEAR FALL   THIRD YEAR SPRING
ECN 286   Advance Analysis class (ECN 300-350)
     
     
FOURTH YEAR FALL   FOURTH YEAR SPRING
ECN 3XX (seminar)   ECN 3XX (seminar)