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Department of Economics

Undergraduate Economics

Graduate Study in Economics

The American Economic Association provides information about graduate study in economics:

Students pursuing graduate training in economics should take a variety of upper level courses (those numbered 250 and above) to develop skills in economic reasoning and to sample the fields from which they may choose areas of specialization in their graduate training. Participation in the Honors Program is also highly recommended. Econ 253 econometrics is essential. A graduate-level course in economics taken during the fall of the senior year can indicate aptitude for graduate study and help in gaining admission to a strong graduate program in economics.

Graduate study in economics uses mathematics, particularly the notation and style of proofs found in mathematics. Students must have a good command of calculus [Math 175], linear algebra [Math 194 or 204] and differential equations [Math 198 or 208]. Additional mathematics courses in topology [Math 242 or 272ab] and analysis [Math 259 and 260] may be helpful. Math 247 and 248 is a sequence in probability theory and statistics that will also be valuable. For information about graduate study, see the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

For more information, see Malcolm Getz, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Calhoun 406.