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Tracks for economics majors. We are providing new guidance on paths through the economics major. Follow the links to see sample schedules and more information on each track.

  • Traditional track. A general course of study covering theory and methods in economics.
  • Quantitative track. For students interested in a career or graduate/professional school that draws on modern methods in economic theory and data analysis.
  • Honors thesis track. For students who want to complete their major with an extended research paper and graduate with departmental honors.

(1) How does ECON 470 differ from ECON 570?
ECON 470 differs from ECON 570 by not having the paper requirement and allowing students to enter more deeply into econometric methods. We offer it as a 400-level course to allow more students to take it earlier in their career so that they can later build on the skills in the setting of a 500-level class on a particular topic with a paper. ECON 470 will provide more opportunities for interested students to see economics in action (addressing policy and other real-world issues) in their 500-level classes. We plan to add more 500-level classes in 2019/20 which build off of the skills developed in ECON 470. ECON 570 remains a valuable course that is focused more on applying econometrics and is aimed for graduating seniors who do not have the opportunity to sequence 470 and 500-level course, but still want to learn some applied econometrics. Students may not receive credit for both ECON 470 and ECON 570.