Department of Economics

Fall 2020 FAQ

We have prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions, which includes our provisional course schedule for the fall to help you in your planning.

After reading the FAQ, if you have other questions specific to the economics department, please reach out to Academic Programs Manager [email protected], Director of Undergraduate Studies for Economics [email protected], or Director of Undergraduate Studies for APMA-Econ, CS-Econ, and Math-Econ [email protected]. If you have questions about your individual course plan, please contact your Concentration Advisor.

For questions about how the fall semester will work at Brown in general, please reach out to one of the Deans. If your question concerns academics, that group of Deans can be reached by emailing [email protected].

Here is our expected fall course schedule: Tentative Econ Course Schedule Fall 2020.  This supersedes Brown’s provisional course list, which was incomplete. In-person classes will range from those in which all students can attend all sessions (e.g. small classes and in-person conference sections) to those in which students rotate through the in-person sessions (e.g. large lecture courses). For information about a specific class, please email the instructor. Some adjustments to this schedule may be made before the finalized schedule on [email protected] goes live on July 27.

If you are unable or uncomfortable attending in person, don't worry. Any component which is in-person will also have an online analog, so that you will have the option to do it online instead.

Yes, it will be offered in the spring and summer terms.

Industrial Organization ECON1420 (a less mathematical version than ECON1460) will be offered in the spring. Investments I ECON1710 will be offered in the fall and spring/summer, depending on when sophomores will be on campus. Financial Accounting ECON0710 will be offered all three terms.

  • Data Methods courses offered in the fall include 1310, 1510, 1530, 1629, and 1660.
  • Data Methods courses in the spring include 1301, 1310, 1360, 1430, 1629, and 1830.
  • Mathematical Economics courses in the fall include 1470, 1660, 1750, 1820, and 1870.
  • Mathematical Economics courses in the spring include 1225 and 1850.
  • Financial Economics courses in the fall include 1710, 1720, 1730, 1750, and 1760.
  • Financial Economics courses in the spring include 1710, 1720, 1780, and 1830.

In the summer, we will offer Investments I ECON1710 (Financial Economics group) and Game Theory ECON1870 (Mathematical Economics group).


Faculty advisors are available for meetings by zoom or phone. Reach out to them if you’d like to make an appointment during the summer. You can see the list of advisors and their contact information here: Economics Concentration Advisors.

Courses taken S/NC in spring 2020 will not be counted against your eligibility for departmental honors. For most honors-related questions, please contact your thesis advisor.

Yes, if you are enrolled at Brown and living in the US. You can also work remotely when it is your “off” term of this year’s three-term system, just as you would during the summer of a normal year (for example, if sophomores are not invited back for the spring, they can still work remotely during the spring). We believe you are also allowed to work remotely from abroad or while on a leave of absence, but are waiting for confirmation of this from the university.  The Sheridan Center will run an online training program for new UTAs at the start of the semester.

You will be able to interact with faculty and staff remotely, and get your learning, advising, and administrative needs met without entering the building. For example, faculty office hours will be held by zoom, staff will be reachable by email or phone, and we will not use the basement for homework or exam return. That said, we are working on a plan to make the department office safely accessible. Robinson 301 will still serve as a classroom, but its use will be controlled by the Registrar, not the department.

These are extraordinary times, and we are here to support you. If circumstances make it difficult for you to do your academic work, please let us know. The first step is to reach out to a Dean, your advisor, and your instructors. We’re all in this together!