Major Requirements

Students who entered Johns Hopkins in the 2020-2021 academic year should refer to the current Academic Catalog for a current list of major requirements. Students who entered Johns Hopkins University in a previous academic year should refer to the catalog of that academic year.

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 its advanced equivalent 401) or 302 or both as prerequisites. Some 300-level courses also have econometrics 180.334 as a prerequisite.

Requirements for the major are as follows:

  • 180.101 and 180.102 Elements of Macro and Micro
  • 180.301 (or its advanced equivalent 180.401) and 180.302 Micro and Macro Theory
  • 180.334 (or its advanced equivalent 180.434) Econometrics
  • Three elective courses at either the 200 or 300 level
  • Two elective courses at the 300 level
  • One semester of calculus (prerequisite for 180.301 and 180.302). This requirement can be satisfied by 110.106, 110.108, 110.113, or AP placement out of one of these courses.
  • One semester of statistics (prerequisite for Econometrics 180.334). The current list of such courses offered by various departments are: AS.280.345, EN.553.111, EN.553.112, EN.553.113, EN.553.211, EN.553.310, EN.553.311, EN.553.420, EN.553.430, EN.553.435, EN.560.348, 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.

For study-abroad course transfer credit, see the DUS, Somasree Dasgupta (, prior to studying abroad.

For questions concerning transfer courses, check with your economics advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies for economics. The following general guidelines govern our policy:

  • Summer courses offered by the Department of Economics will be accepted towards the major.
  • At least 5 of the 10 economics courses required for the major must be taken in the Department of Economics at Hopkins.

Specific requirements from the Office of Academic Advising:

The following courses are NOT required for the economics major but are recommended as preparation for graduate study in economics:

  • 110.113 Linear Algebra
  • 110.112 Calculus III
  • 553.311 Introduction to Probability
  • 553.312 Introduction to Statistics