First-Year Students

How to Begin

We advise students to begin economics courses as first-semester freshmen in order to allow for the broadest possible upper-level course selection and access to junior and senior research experiences. Core courses are sequenced as follows:

Please note: These courses do not need to be taken in sequence as long as the prerequisites have been met.

Students may take ECON 205D and 210D concurrently; ECON 208D must be taken before senior year but preferably as soon as possible. By the end of sophomore year, economics students should have completed the mathematics and statistics prerequisites to the major.

Class Sizes

With class sizes of 300-400 students, ECON 101 and ECON 201D are the largest courses economics majors take. Lectures are supported by discussion sections, which are broken in to groups of 15-20 students. In each of the remaining core courses, class sizes are typically 100-200 students, with similarly small supporting discussion sections. Consolidating the core in this way translates to consistency in preparation for all majors, as well as enabling our faculty to teach a wider variety of upper-level electives.

Elective Fields of Study

Our electives fall into four general field areas and typically have class sizes of 30-40 students. Because of their popularity, some finance courses wil accommodate larger class sizes, though usually no more than 60-75 students. Smaller seminar courses are open to no more than 18 students.

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • History of Economics
  • Finance