Major Requirements

Students who entered Johns Hopkins in the 2019-2020 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.

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 Intermediate Micro and Macro
  • 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: EN.553.420, EN.553.310, AS.280.345, EN.553.111, EN.553.112, EN.553.113, EN.553.211, EN.553.311, EN.553.430, EN.553.435, 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.

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:

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