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Department of Economics

Undergraduate Economics

Major in Economics and History (45 hours)

The core courses offered 2014-15 are:

F2014: Hist 166, Hist 288b, Econ 266 01 and 02
S2015: Hist 288a, Econ 226, Econ 271

Below is the major page from the 2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog for the Economics and History, (p.132)
The joint major in economics and history makes an important contribution to liberal education at Vanderbilt by helping students understand the origins and organization of modern society. It also provides a unique preparation for careers in business, the professions, and other fields by combining all the analytical tools of the regular economics major with history's emphasis on clear and effective writing and on developing skills in gathering, assessing, and synthesizing information. The program consists of 45 credit hours of course work: 9 credit hours in an economic history core, and an additional 18 credit hours in economics and 18 in history. Students declare their major through the Department of History office.
Note: All students must have at least one semester of calculus; two are strongly recommended for the economics component. Calculus is a prerequisite for ECON 150, 155, 231, and 232, which are required for the major. It is also a prerequisite for all economics courses numbered above 250.

Course work for the major is distributed as follows:

Economic History Core (9 credit hours)
Three of the following courses, one of which must be an economics course numbered above 250:
HIST 160, 165, 166, 288a, 288b, 288W, ECON 226, 262, 266, 271. Note: ECON 231 is a prerequisite for ECON 262, 266, and 271.

Economics (18 credit hours)
ECON 100, 101, 150 or 155, 231, 232; one ECON course numbered above 250 not included in the economic history core.

Note: The following course sequences may be substituted for ECON 150 or 155:

(1) MATH 218, 218L, and 219 or

(2) MATH 218, 218L, and ECON 253.  ECON 253 will also count as an elective.

History (18 credit hours)
No more than 3 credit hours of AP or IB credit in history courses may count toward this total.

(1) History 200W or 297; must be taken by the end of the junior year. 297 is limited to second-semester juniors who have been admitted to the Honors Program. Students entering the Honors Program who have already taken 200W will receive elective credit for that course.

(2) History 295, a course from Option 3 as listed in the history major description for a capstone option (prerequisite: History 200W), or History 298a-298b (available only to students in the honors program). Note: At the discretion of the director of honors and the director of undergraduate studies in history, a student who has taken 298a but does not take 298b may be considered to have fulfilled the capstone requirement for the major. No Economic History Core Course may be double-counted as a capstone course.

(3) Four other history courses not included in the economic history core (note that 169 is NOT accepted as an elective for the major). These electives may also include any of the following: AADS 102, 205, 265; ASIA 230; CLAS 207, 208, 209, 212, 213, 223, 224; EUS 201, 220, DIV 2750, 3217; GER 182; HOD 1150; JS 115F.09, 120, 122, 123, 124, 156, 158, 222, 234, 245, 252, 256, 257; MHS 208; PHIL 21O; RLST 206, 216.

Honors Program (9 more credit hours)
Students apply to the Honors Program in History in the first semester of the junior year.
54 credit hours:  students will take the four-course honors sequence, HIST 297, 298a-298b, 299. Because HIST 298a-298b satisfies the capstone requirement, honors students will not be required to take HIST 295, though they may enroll for 295 as an elective. Students will write an interdisciplinary thesis under the direction of an adviser from each department.


Updated July 18, 2014