Curricular Advice

  • For the fall term 2017 only, introductory economics classes are open only to sophomores and above. This is due to a transition in the introductory sequence of classes during 2017-18.
  • Potential majors are encouraged to begin by taking ECON 100 in the winter term of the first year or in the fall of the sophomore year.
  • Potential majors are encouraged to take INTR 201 during the winter term of their first year. INTR 202 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Economics majors are encouraged to take at least one economics elective course during their sophomore year.
  • The required 200-level courses - ECON 203, 210, and 211 - should be completed by the end of the junior year, and majors are encouraged to take one of these courses during the sophomore year. Most economics majors begin with either ECON 203 or ECON 210.

Choosing Electives

If you are interested in public policy, you may be interested in taking:

  • Urban Economics (ECON 229)
  • Labor Economics (ECON 230 and ECON 330)
  • The Economics of Social Issues (ECON 235)
  • Economics of Education (ECON 236)
  • Health Economics (ECON 237)
  • Poverty and Inequality in the U.S. (ECON 238)
  • Women in the Economy (ECON 251)

Most of the above courses qualify toward the Poverty and Human Capabilities minor.

If you are interested in international development, you may be interested in taking:

  • Caste at the Intersection of Economy, Religion, and Law (ECON 246)
  • International Trade (ECON 270)
  • International Finance (ECON 271)
  • Health Economics in Developing Countries (ECON 276)
  • Development Economics (ECON 280)
  • Institutions and Economic Performance (ECON 281)

If you are interested in environmental studies, you may be interested in taking:

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (ECON 255)
  • The Environment and Economic Development in Amazonas (ECON 259)
  • The Economics of Coastal Seascapes in Belize (ECON 288)
  • Land in O'odham Culture, Economics, and History 
  • Land in Lakota Culture, Economics, and History

All of the above courses go toward the Environmental Studies minor.

Finance Career Advice

If you are interested in a career in finance, consider taking ECON 215 (Money and Banking) and ECON 271 (International Finance). In addition, you should try to take the intro accounting sequence (ACCT 201 and ACCT 202), Intermediate Accounting I (ACCT 320) and Financial Statement Analysis (ACCT 311).

Graduate School Advice

Additional Math and Computer Science courses are strongly recommended if you are considering graduate study in Economics. Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra are essential, although a minor (or major) in Math is ideal. ECON 302 (Game Theory) and ECON 320 (Mathematical Economics) are also recommended. Consider working for an Economics professor as a Summer Research Scholar after your sophomore or junior year, and applying for research internships off campus after your junior year. You should also take multiple economics courses numbered 330 and above, including ECON 399 in your senior year.

Potential Schedules

Below are a few examples of ways to schedule an Economics major. There are MANY other options.

While taking Econ 101 in your first year (fall OR winter) is advised, students who take Econ 101 in their sophomore year still have time to complete an Econ major.

Potential Schedule A

FIRST YEAR
FALL WINTER SPRING
1 CSCI/POL 1 MATH 101 1
2 2 ECON 100
3
4

INTRO 201 (1 credit)

SOPHOMORE YEAR
FALL WINTER SPRING
1 200-ECON 1 ECON 203 1 200-ECON
2 INTRO 202 2 MATH/CSCI/POL
3 3
4 4
5 5
JUNIOR YEAR
FALL WINTER SPRING
1 ECON 210 1 ECON 211 1
2 200-ECON 2 300-ECON
3 3
4 4
5 5
SENIOR YEAR
FALL WINTER SPRING
1 200-ECON 1
2 300-ECON                                                      
3 3
4 4
5 5

Potential Schedule B

FIRST YEAR
FALL WINTER SPRING
1 MATH 101 1 MATH/CSCI/POL 1
2 ECON 100
3 3
4 4
INTR 201 (1 credit)
SOPHOMORE YEAR
FALL WINTER SPRING
1 200-ECON 1 ECON 203 1 200-ECON
2 INTR 202 2 200-ECON
3 3
4 4
5 5
JUNIOR YEAR
FALL WINTER SPRING
1 ECON 210

Study abroad and take one

200-ECON elective course abroad.

1
2 ECON 211
3
4
5
SENIOR YEAR
FALL WINTER SPRING
1 300-ECON 1 300-ECON 1
2 MATH/CSCI/POL 2
3 3
4 4                             
5 5

Potential Schedule C

FIRST YEAR
FALL WINTER SPRING
1 MATH 101 1
2 2 ECON 100
3
4 4
INTRO 201 (1 credit)
SOPHOMORE YEAR
FALL WINTER SPRING
1 ECON-200 1 ECON 210 1
2 INTRO 202 2 MATH/CSCI/POL                          
3 3
4 4
5 5
JUNIOR YEAR
FALL WINTER SPRING
1 ECON 203

Study Abroad and take one

200-ECON elective course abroad. 

1 200-ECON
2 ECON 211
3
4
5
SENIOR YEAR
FALL WINTER SPRING
1 300-ECON 1 200-ECON 1
2 MATH/CSCI/POL 2 300-ECON
3
4 4