Economic problems are central to modern society. Consequently, a broad understanding of the modern world requires some knowledge of economic systems. An individual’s intelligent understanding of and participation in the solution of problems which face society is aided by an understanding of the point of view and techniques of analysis which have been developed by economists. The introductory courses (ECON 101 and 102) offered by the department are designed to provide basic knowledge as well as to serve as a foundation for other courses in economics for students who wish to pursue the subject at an intermediate or advanced level.
Special Department Policies
ECON 401 and 402 are prerequisites to many upper-level economics courses. Students should try to
complete them during the sophomore year. ECON 401 should be taken before ECON 402.
Although ECON 404, 405, and 406 are not enforced prerequisites to most upper-level economics
courses, they can be very important to getting the most out of those courses. Students should try to
satisfy the statistics requirement no later than the first term of the junior year.
No student should take a 400-level ECON elective before completing each of the relevant prerequisites
with a grade of at least C-.
Students with a serious interest in the study of economics are strongly encouraged to continue the
study of calculus beyond MATH 115. MATH 116, 215, and 217, or their Honors equivalents, are
recommended for students with an interest in quantitative economics. Students with a serious interest
in advanced research should elect ECON 405 (or STATS 426) and ECON 406.
Roster of Undergraduate Economics Courses
- Introductory Courses
101, 102, 108, 140, 195
- Economic Theory
398, 401, 402, 403, 409
- Statistics and Econometrics
404, 405, 406, 407
310, 411, 414, 418
- Financial Economics
- Labor Economics
320, 323, 421, 422, 433
- Industrial Organization
330, 431, 432
- International Economics
340, 441, 442
- Comparative Economics
350, 453, 455
- Economic Development
360, 461, 462, 466
- Environmental Economics
370, 437, 471, 472
- Public Economics
380, 481, 482
- Economic History
491, 492, 494
- Other Topics in Economics
309, 327, 395, 396, 408, 412, 425, 438, 487, 490, 496
- Honors Program, Internships, Seminars, & Independent Research
299, 495, 498, 499
Economics WAITLIST POLICY
- Students seeking admission to a closed ECON class should add themselves to the waitlist.
- In a class with discussion sections, a waitlist is not created until all discussion sections are full. Students may add themselves to the waitlist of only one discussion section; they should choose their preferred discussion section.
- Before the first day of classes, unless the instructor chooses a different criterion, overrides are issued in waitlist order. Students have 48 hours (during the summer, they have seven days) to use their overrides.
- On the day before the first day of classes, all waitlisted students who received an override previously but failed to use it are dropped from the waitlist. If no students remain on the waitlist, the class becomes open again for enrollment.