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Possible Course Sequences for Economics Majors

Welcome to the Economics major.  Below are three paths through our major.  Each path corresponds to where you are in your college career, so start with the path that's right for you and then work out the specifics with your faculty advisor.

Path One - Entering first-year student

For an entering first-year student who intends to be an Economics major at the outset, as well as for a student whose interest in Economics arises and develops during the first year of college studies. The critical feature of this path is that the student should complete Economics 111 and the calculus course (either Mathematics 118 (Essential Calculus) or Mathematics 119 (Calculus I)) during the first year.  

1st year

Either semester:

• Economics 111 (Introduction to Economics)

• Mathematics 118 (Essential Calculus) or 119 (Calculus I) 

Notes:

• if Economics 111 is completed in the fall semester, the student should consider taking an Economics 300-329 (i.e., Tier II) course in Spring

• Students can take Mathematics 124 (Probability and Statistics) either semester.

2nd year

Fall semester:

• Economics 332 (Microeconomic Theory) or 333 (Macroeconomic Theory)

• Mathematics 124 (Probability and Statistics) 

Spring semester:

• Economics 332 or 333 (whichever not taken in fall)

• Economics 334 (Quantitative Methods in Economics) 

Note: If the student did not complete an Economics 300-329 (i.e. Tier II) course during the first year they should consider doing so during either semester of their second year.

3rd year

Either semester:

• One or two Economics 350+ (Tier III) Economics courses

4th year

Either semester:

• Remaining Economics 350+ (Tier III )Economics courses

• Economics 384 (Advanced Research in Economics)

 
Path Two - late in first year

For a student who develops an interest in Economics during the first year or early in the second year, but does not complete Economics 111 and the calculus course until the fall of the second year.  

1st year

Either semester:

• Economics 111 (Introduction to Economics) 

Note: if Economics 111 is completed in the fall semester, the student should consider taking an ECON 300-329 (i.e., Tier II) in Spring

2nd year

Fall semester:

• Mathematics 118 (Essential Calculus) or 119 (Calculus I) 

Spring semester:

• Mathematics 124 (Probability and Statistics)

• Economics 332 (Microeconomic Theory) or 333 (Macroeconomic Theory) 

Note: If the student did not complete an ECON 300-329 (i.e., Tier II) Economics course during the first year they should consider doing so during either semester of their second year.

3rd year

Fall semester:

• Economics 332 or 333 (whichever not taken in second year)

• Economics 334 (Quantitative Methods in Economics) 

Spring semester:

• One or two Economics 350+ (Tier III) Economics courses

4th year

Either semester:

• Remaining Economics 350+ (Tier III) Economics courses

• Economics 384 (Advanced Research in Economics)

 
Path Three - sophomore year

For a student who chooses an Economics major at the latest possible time to still graduate within four years. 

1st year

No economics or mathematics courses taken

2nd year

Fall semester:

• Economics 111 (Introduction to Economics)

• Mathematics 118 (Essential Calculus) or 119 (Calculus I) 

Spring semester:

• Mathematics 124 (Probability and Statistics)

• Economics 332 (Microeconomic Theory) or 333 (Macroeconomic Theory)

• Economics 300-329 (i.e. Tier II) Economics course

3rd year

Fall semester:

• Economics 332 or 333 (whichever not taken in second year)

• Economics 334 (Quantitative Methods in Economics) 

Spring semester:

• One or two Economics 350+ (Tier III) Economics courses 

4th year

Either semester:

• Remaining Economics 350+ (Tier III) Economics courses

• Economics 384 (Advanced Research in Economics)