Major Requirements

Meaning of course numbering:

  • 100-level courses have no prerequisites.
  • 200-level courses have only 100-level courses as prerequisites.
  • 300-level courses (except 301 and 302) have either 301 or 302 or both as prerequisites.

Requirements for the major are as follows:

  • 180.101 and 180.102 Elements of Macro and Micro
  • 180.301 and 180.302 Intermediate Micro and Macro
  • 180.334 Econometrics
  • 3 elective courses at either the 200 or 300 level
  • 2 elective courses at the 300 level
  • one semester of calculus (prerequisite for 180.301 and 180.302). This requirement can be satisfied by either 110.106, 110.108, or AP placement out of either of these courses.
  • one semester of statistics (perquisite for Econometrics 180.334). The current list of such courses offered by various departments are: EN.550.420, EN.550.310, AS.280.345, EN.550.111, EN.550.112, EN.550.113, EN.550.211, EN.550.311, EN.550.430, EN.550.435, EN.560.435, or AP credit for any of these courses.

Internships, Independent Studies and the Senior Thesis cannot be counted toward the 10-course major requirement.

Study-Abroad courses are approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Economics on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer credits from other universities and summer courses are approved on a case-by-case basis, with the following general guidelines:

  • At least three of the five core courses (elements of micro and macro, intermediate micro and macro, and econometrics) must be taken in the Department of Economics at Hopkins.
  • At least two of the 5 elective courses must be taken in the Department of Economics at Hopkins.
  • In general, summer courses at other universities will not be accepted. (Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Summer courses offered by the Department of Economics will be accepted towards the major.

Click the links below to download the specific requirements from the Office of Academic Advising’s website:

The following courses are NOT required for the Economics Major, but are recommended as preparation for graduate study:

  • 110.113 Linear Algebra
  • 110.112 Calculus III
  • 550.311 Introduction to Probability
  • 550.312 Introduction to Statistics