Department of Economics


Economics is one of the most popular concentrations at Brown. Economics is much broader in scope than many people realize. You can take classes about race, mass media, global warming, internet marketplaces, game theory, finance, big data, …the list goes on.

Economics provides tools for understanding important public policy issues like inequality, poverty, education, health, unemployment, taxes, and globalization.  About half of Brown students take some economics during their undergraduate careers.

Where to begin

Most students begin their study of economics by taking ECON 0110, Principles of Economics, which is offered every semester. After a set of intermediate tools courses, the discipline divides into various subfields. To learn which might be the best match for your interests, read about fields and their courses. Students are free to take classes in the order they wish, but here are some recommended paths through the curriculum for concentrators  

Learn which area might be the best match for your interests.
Students are free to take classes in the order they wish, but here are some recommended paths through the curriculum for concentrators.


There are several Economics Concentrations to choose from. In addition to the regular concentration, with its optional business track, we offer joint concentrations with Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, and Mathematics. The first step to declaring a concentration is to visit a concentration advisor during their office hours. You must meet with an advisor before your concentration declaration will be approved on ASK.

The Department of Economics offers several concentrations, some of which are interdisciplinary and offered in partnership with other departments.
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It’s important to us that all students to feel at home in the department and get the support they need.
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For general questions about concentration and/or track requirements, declaration logistics, transfer credits, please contact the Economics Undergraduate Program Advisor, Angelica Spertini.
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Offer insight into course selection, study abroad, internships, working as a TA or RA, etc.
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After Graduation

Brown economics alumni follow many paths after graduation. Some continue on to graduate studies, and some to employment in the public or private sector.

Stay Connected

Stay connected by signing up for the Econ DUG (Department Undergraduate Group) mailing list. The DUG shares information, publicizes opportunities, and builds community by hosting events, panels, and gatherings throughout the year.

Studying Economics at Brown (video credit: Alex Dorosin)

A career in Economics... it's much more than you think.