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Requirements

These requirements apply to 4-year students who matriculated at Cornell AFTER July 1, 2013, and to some transfer students (see Requirements for Transfer Students).
 

Admission to the Major: Before applying for admission to the Economics Major, students must complete ECON 1110, ECON 1120, and MATH 1110 (or equivalents).

  • Students who matriculated at Cornell before June 1, 2017 must have grades of C or better in ECON 1110, ECON 1120, and MATH 1110 (or equivalents).
  • Students who matriculated at Cornell after June 1, 2017 must have grades of B- or better in ECON 1110 and ECON 1120 (or equivalents) and a grade of C or better in MATH 1110 (or equivalent). 

After completing these courses, you are ready to declare the major (see Declaring the Major).

Note: We have prepared this worksheet to help declared majors check off the requirements of the Economics major.  Save a copy of the worksheet on your desktop in order to use the fillable fields fully.  

Basic Requirements: Twelve courses listed by the Department of Economics, or approved by the student’s major advisor, all with grades of C– or better (S–U grade option is not allowed). These twelve courses must satisfy the above and following requirements:

(1) Except for ECON 1110 and ECON 1120, all courses must be at the 3000-level or higher.

(2) All students must take four core economics courses, one each in:

Microeconomics: ECON 3030

Macroeconomics: ECON 3040

Statistics: ECON 3110 or ECON 3130.

Econometrics: ECON 3120 or ECON 3140.

(3) All students must take at least three courses at the 4000-level or higher.  

Note: Courses numbered 4900-4989 are seminar courses, which have a writing component and a smaller number of enrollees. The Economics Department recommends to take at least one of the 4000-level seminar courses.

(4) ECON 4990-4991, which is the two-semester honors sequence, can count as one course toward the twelve-course requirement. ECON 4999 cannot be counted toward the twelve-course requirement.
 

Additional Requirements:

(A) ECON 1110 or ECON 1120 will count toward the 12 Economics courses required for the Major only if the student receives official Cornell credit for the course (see Policy for Intro Course Credit).

(B) Courses taken to fulfill Requirement (2) MUST be taken at Cornell*.  Majors are strongly advised to complete these courses as soon as possible as they provide foundations for many of the more specialized courses.

(C) For students who take Economics courses at a Cornell-sanctioned Study Abroad or at another university (e.g., during summer session):

(i) At least 8 of your 3000-level or higher Economics Major courses must be taken at Cornell*.  The only exception is if you participate in a Cornell-sanctioned two-semester Study Abroad program, in which case at least 6 of your 3000-level or higher Economics Major courses must be taken at Cornell*.

(ii) In addition, you can take at most 2 non-Study-Abroad courses at another university (and you still must satisfy (i)).

(iii) To obtain Economics Major credit for courses taken away from Cornell (including Study Abroad), you must get approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

*Note: Economics courses taken through Cornell Winter Session, Cornell Summer Session, or Cornell in Washington count as being taken at Cornell.  Economics courses taken in a Cornell-sanctioned Study Abroad program or at another university, do NOT count as being taken at Cornell. 

(D) For students who transfer into Cornell with advanced standing:

(i) For requirements (B) and (C) above, Economics courses taken at your prior institution previous to your enrollment at Cornell and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies to count toward the Cornell Economics Major will count as being taken at Cornell.

(ii) In addition, at least 4 of your 3000-level or higher Economics Major courses must be taken during Cornell regular sessions, Cornell Winter Session, Cornell Summer Session, or Cornell in Washington.  Please note that Economics courses taken at your prior institution do not count toward this requirement.

(iii) Upon arriving at Cornell, transfer students should immediately set up a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss which classes taken at your previous institution(s) can count toward your Economics Major at Cornell. Please make sure you bring copies of your transcript(s) and course syllabi to this meeting to facilitate a determination of how courses you have taken translate to economics courses at Cornell.

Note: Policies regarding specific courses appear under Course Policies.

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