Placement & Enrollment

There are two courses that incoming freshmen may be eligible to take at Duke. Which course you take depends on whether you have earned AP credit or transfer credit through standardized test such as International Placement Credit (IPC) or Pre-Matriculation Credit (PMC). See the Trinity policy here

ECON 101: Economic Principles

This is an introductory economics course that covers basic concepts in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. ECON 101 is taught at a level that assumes no prior coursework in economics. All Duke students are eligible to take this course.

Prerequisites: None.

Alternate ways to receive credit for this course:

  • AP: Students who have credit for both ECON 21 and ECON 22 may use that credit to fulfill ECON 101, Principles of Economics.
    • Credit for ECON 21 is given to students who have scored 4 or 5 in AP Macro.
    • Credit for ECON 22 is given to students who have scored 4 or 5 in AP Micro.
  • IPC/PMC: Students who successfully complete A-levels in economics may also receive credit for ECON 101.

 
ECON 201D: Intermediate Microeconomics I

This is an intermediate-level microeconomics course that assumes some background in economics and calculus. If you do not fulfill all of the prerequisites required for ECON 201D, you should enroll in ECON 101: Economic Principles. The Economics department will always permit all students who wish to enroll in ECON 201D (and who have the requisite prerequisites) to do so up until the end of the first week of the semester, even if this means expanding the class size to meet demand. So there is no reason to be concerned that the course will fill up while you wait for your AP scores to be recognized by Duke.

Prerequisites:

  • ECON 101 or ECON 21 AND ECON 22
    • Credit for ECON 21 is given to students who have scored 4 or 5 in AP Macro.
    • Credit for ECON 22 is given to students who have scored 4 or 5 in AP Micro.
  • MATH 21 (AP Math).
    • Credit for MATH 21 is given to students who have scored 5 in AP MATH AB, or have scored 3, 4, or 5 in AP MATH BC.

Special Restrictions:
 
1. We cannot permit students who have taken AP-“style” economics courses, but have not taken and passed the official AP exams, to take ECON 201D, regardless of the grade that they may have earned in those courses. If you have not taken and passed both of the official AP Micro and AP Macro exams to the required standard, you must first enroll in Econ 101 before taking Econ 201D. There are no exceptions.

2. The same applies to AP-“style” math courses. The only exception in the case of mathematics is if the DUS in mathematics verifies that you have achieved proficiency in MATH 21 or higher. This verification must be submitted by email from the DUS in mathematics (DUS@math.duke.edu) to the DUS in economics (DUS@econ.duke.edu). Prerequisites and course registration for students wishing to enroll in ECON 201D.

Timing for enrollment:

1. Students whose AP scores are of a satisfactory level, and already have credit for ECON 21 and ECON 22 on their Duke academic history in DukeHub, should be able to enroll directly in ECON 201D.

2. Students who have taken all of the requisite AP exams, but do not yet have credit for ECON 21 and ECON 22 on their Duke academic history in DukeHub, are requested to wait until those scores are available and have been incorporated into their Duke record before attempting to enroll in ECON 201D.