Department of Economics

Recommended Course Sequence

Students are free to take classes in the order they wish, but here are some recommended paths through the curriculum for concentrators.

Freshman year

ECON 0110 and first semester calculus; these two are prerequisites to the intermediate micro and macroeconomics courses, ECON 1110 (or 1130) and ECON 1210

Freshman/sophomore year

ECON 1110, 1210 and 1620; these are prerequisites for many upper level courses. Take either ECON 1629 or ECON 1630 the semester directly after having taken ECON 1620.

It is expected that when you sign up for the concentration in your 4th semester, you will have taken or will be in the process of completing five courses:

  • MATH 0060, 0070 or 0090; 
  • ECON 0110 (Principles of Economics); 
  • ECON 1110 or 1130 (Intermediate Microeconomics); 
  • ECON 1210(Intermediate Macroeconomics); and 
  • ECON 1620 (Intro. to Econometrics)

You should consider completing the 2 remaining requirements: MATH 0100 or ECON 0170 (Math for Economists) and ECON 1629 or ECON 1630. Ideally 1629 or 1630 should be taken immediately after 1620. You may also want to begin sampling advanced courses of various kinds in your sophomore year.

A number of courses in applied fields like labor economics, health economics, and development economics, make heavy use of data and statistical methods, and ECON1629 or 1630 are recommended and will eventually be required prerequisites for them.  MATH 0100 or  ECON 0170 is a pre-requisite of some advanced theory courses such as ECON 1810 (Economics and Psychology).   ECON 1629 and 1630 are strongly recommended to students considering writing an empirically oriented  honors thesis.

If you are in one of the combined concentrations with applied mathematics, computer science, or mathematics, take the math or CS courses as early as you can.

Junior and Senior year

 5 elective economics courses (or 6 if placing out of ECON 0110).

Selecting Electives

There are multiple fields or areas of study within Economics. These include: macroeconomics, microeconomic theory, applied microeconomics, econometrics, development and finance/investment. You may choose to focus on 1 or 2 particular areas or take a more “generalist” approach and take courses across all areas.

We strongly encourage students to take at least one upper-level seminar. We also particularly urge students to consider taking at least one course from those that use data and empirical methods of analysis intensively (the “data methods” group), and at least one course that makes more use of mathematical techniques (the “mathematical economics” group). This suggestion, a recommendation for all students, is a requirement for those students wishing to graduate with honors. 

View a list of target learning outcomes for the concentration. You might find this curriculum map to be useful in helping you see how your course choices relate to those learning goals. Finally, here is a prerequisite tree, to help you order your coursework.