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Advanced Electives

After completing your introductory and core courses, your remaining economics courses will consist of a series of advanced Economics electives.  We offer a broad range of electives, and in general students have the freedom to design a set of courses that best matches their interests.  However, there are a few restrictions, which are described below.

3000-Level Advanced Electives vs. 4000-Level Advanced Electives

The advanced Economics electives are categorized as electives that require core courses vs. electives that do not require core courses --- in other words, they are categorized by whether they require at least one of the core methodology courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics.  The course numbers reflect these categories --- courses numbered 3150-3999 do not require any core courses, and courses numbered 4000-4989 require at least one core course.

Advanced Electives

An Economics major requires six advanced Economics electives.  Of these, at least three must be 4000-level electives.

Courses numbered 4900-4989 are small seminar courses.  These courses require at least one of the core methodology courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics.  These courses are capped at 25 students and involve a substantial writing component.  

Note: Students who complete the year-long honors program (ECON 4990 & ECON 4991) can count this as one of their 12 major courses.  This will NOT count as a 4000-level elective.

Other Information

Courses taught by other departments can be counted toward the Economics major only if they are cross-listed with Economics (meaning they have an Econ course number).   In particular, please note that business courses—accounting, marketing, and so forth—cannot be counted toward the Economics major.

Undergraduate Economics majors can take graduate-level Economics courses, but only with the permission of the instructor and your advisor. Graduate courses generally require a very strong math background—at least through multivariable calculus and in some cases real analysis—and a lot more work than a 3000-level or 4000-level Economics course.

Please note that Independent Study courses (ECON 4999) can never be counted toward the Economics major.


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