Undergraduate Resources


Director of Undergraduate Studies for Economics: Bruce Hamilton

Adviser for declaring majors, declaring minors, and introduction to the Economics Department: Bruce Hamilton

Class Advisers:

Becoming an Economics Major

If you go straight from being an undeclared major to an economics major at the end of your freshman year, the Office of Academic Advising will assign an adviser to you, and you don’t need to do any paperwork through the department.

If you switch from another major, or add economics as a second major, you will need to meet with Professor Hamilton (Director of Undergraduate Studies for Economics), who will assign you an adviser.

Even if you do not need to visit Professor Hamilton when you become an economics major, it is a good idea to stop in for a first visit. No need for an appointment; just show up during Professor Hamilton’s office hours or catch him when he is having coffee in the Gilman Atrium.

Once SIS knows that you are an economics major, your advising will be done with your assigned academic advisor. You will need to meet with him/her each semester to get cleared for online registration.

Note: If you are a double major, SIS will not allow you to register online until you have been cleared by both departmental advisers.

Math Tutorial for Elements of Macro and Micro

The material on this website introduces you to the level of mathematical sophistication you can expect to need in our Elements of Economics courses. In the event that you determine that a bit of brushing up is in order, the website becomes your roadmap for sharpening those skills.

Start by looking at the diagnostic test. If you can tell at a glance that everything in the test is easy for you, then you should skip everything else on this website. Your fluency with mathematical tools is fully adequate for our elements courses.

If, instead, you look at the diagnostic test and scratch your head a bit, then you should actually attempt the questions in the diagnostic. After you have done your best, look at the Answer Key to Diagnostic Questions.

At this stage, unless you are completely confident that your math skills are fine, you should sign up for our three-week set of tutorials. These tutorials will be run by JHU students who have completed our introductory economics courses. Sign up online.

Tutorial materials:


The Office of Academic Support offers optional small group tutoring sessions. The purpose of the tutoring sessions is to offer an opportunity to students in the course to ask basic questions about the material in the course. The session tutors are undergraduate students who have taken courses in a prior year and have done well.

For more information, including session times and meeting places, visit The Learning Den section of the Academic Support website; visit Garland Hall, Suite 3A; call 410-516-8216; or email tutoring@jhu.edu.

If you want tutoring help in a course that does not have Learning Den tutors, check with Professor Hamilton. We can frequently find capable Learning Den tutors, but only if we know there is a need.

Career Center

The Career Center is here to support you in connecting your academic pursuits to your post graduate goals. Visit their website to navigate the career development process using the EPIC model – Explore, Present, Identify, and Connect.

The JHU Economics Club is a newly created club with the purpose of connecting current economics undergraduate students with each other, economics graduate students, Johns Hopkins alumni and other professionals working in relevant fields. The club organizes two to three events per semester and all Hopkins undergraduates with interest in economics are invited to participate in these events.

For questions about becoming a general body member of the club and other queries, please send an email to hopkinsecon@gmail.com. For regular updates, please like the JHU Economics Club’s Facebook page.