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.
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. Be sure to also check out the Econ Dug Repository for more information about Economics classes, example course plans for Economics concentrators and joint-concentrators, details about TA/RA/tutor positions, as well as resources for graduate school and professional careers after undergraduate studies.
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.
For questions about the undergraduate program, please reach out to the following people:
Kelsey ThorpeUndergraduate Program CoordinatorRobinson Hall 103B
Steven Rattner Lecturer in Economics, Vice Director of Undergraduate StudiesOffice: Robinson Hall Room 212
Vice-DUS: Mondays 3pm-4pm
ECON/ENVS 1350: Wednesdays 10:50am-11:50am
ECON 1110: Wednesdays 3pm-4pm
1350 and 1110: Fridays 10:50am-11:50am
Office hours will be both in person (Robinson 212) and on Zoom (https://brown.zoom.us/my/poterack).
Studying Economics at Brown (video credit: Alex Dorosin)
A career in Economics... it's much more than you think.