The economics department's curriculum is based on a three-tiered system. The one-semester introductory economics course, ECON 111 comprises Tier I and provides the background for Tier II. The micro/macro theory and quantitative methods sequence, ECON 332/333/334, and applied courses requiring only ECON 111 comprise Tier II. Tier III contains the department's upper-division courses that require both micro/macro theory and quantitative methods; this tier culminates with the senior research course, ECON 384.
The tiered structure is designed to ensure that our students acquire both a breadth and depth of understanding of the economics literature.