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In addition to the standard major, the economics minor and the modified major are intended to fit the needs of students who have an interest in economics but are primarily interested in another discipline or, in the case of a modified major, wish to study some specific problem or topic that falls partly in the field of economics and partly in a related field.
Our curriculum focuses on current and important social problems. The world is constantly confronted with public policy issues that are essentially economic in character. Economic analysis provides a coherent and principled framework for examining these issues and understanding the tradeoffs involved in attempting to solve social problems.
The economics major is a hands-on experience that teaches concepts and models underlying both individual decision-making and broader (macro) questions such as the determination of interest rates and income growth. We offer courses in a series of fields including finance, international trade, macroeconomics, competition and strategy, labor economics, development economics, and public economics.
Requirements for the Major
Prerequisites: ECON 1 (The Price System: Analysis, Problems, and Policies) and ECON 10 (Introduction to Statistical Methods), with an average grade no lower than C, and MATH 3 (Introduction to Calculus). (A student who fails to achieve the minimum grade average for the prerequisites may, with the permission of the vice chair, substitute grades in ECON 21 (Microeconomics) and ECON 20 (Econometrics) for those in ECON 1 and ECON 10, respectively. Another statistics course may be substituted for ECON 10 with permission of the vice chair.)
Requirements : Nine courses in addition to the prerequisites, with a GPA for these nine courses of no less than 2.0. The nine courses must include the following:
- ECON 20, ECON 21, and ECON 22 (Macroeconomics)
- Any two of the following sequences (depending on the sequences chosen, one or two additional courses may be needed): 24-39, 24-44 or 24-27-44 or 24-39-44; 25-45 or 25-75 or 25-75-45 (35 can be substituted for 75); 26-36 or 26-36-46; 27-47 or 24-27 or 24-27-47; 28-38 or 28-48 or 28-38-48 (72 or 75 can be substituted for 38); 29-39 or 29-39-49; 80-81 or 80-82 or 81-82 or 80-81-82. At least one of the sequences must include a 40 or an 80-level course in which a major paper is required. This requirement will serve as the culminating experience in the major. (ECON 24 Development Economics, ECON 25 Competition and Strategy, ECON 26 The Economics of Financial Intermediaries and Markets, ECON 27 Labor Economics, ECON 28 Public Economics, ECON 29 International Finance and Open-Economy Macroeconomics, ECON 36 Theory of Finance, ECON 38 Urban and Land Use Economics, ECON 39 International Trade, ECON 44 Topics in Developing Economics, ECON 45 Topics in Industrial Organization, ECON 46 Topics in Money and Finance, ECON 47 Topics in Labor Economics, ECON 48 Topics in Public Economics, ECON 49 Topics in International Economics, ECON 71 Health Economics and Policy, ECON 73 The Political Economy of Development, ECON 75 Environmental and Energy Economics, ECON 76 The Financial Crisis of the Noughties, ECON 77 Social Entrepreneurship, ECON 78 Fed Challenge, ECON 79 The Clash of Economic Ideas, ECON 80 Advanced Topics in Econometrics, ECON 81 Advanced Topics in Microeconomics, ECON 82 Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics, ECON 85 Independent Study in Economics, ECON 87 Senior Thesis)
Notes: ECON 2 (Economic Principles and Policies) and ECON 7 may not be counted toward fulfillment of the major requirement.
Prerequisites : ECON 1 and ECON 10, with an average grade no lower than C, and MATH 3. (A student who fails to achieve the minimum grade average for the prerequisites may, with the permission of the vice chair, substitute grades in ECON 21 and ECON 20 for those in ECON 1 and ECON 10, respectively. Another statistics course may be substituted for ECON 10 with permission of the vice chair.)
Requirements : Six courses in addition to the prerequisites, with a GPA for these six courses of no less than 2.0. No courses can be counted toward both a major and a minor. The six courses must include the following:
- ECON 20, ECON 21, and ECON 22
- Any one of the following sequences (depending on the sequence chosen, one additional course may be needed): 24-44 or 24-27-44 or 24-39-44; 25-45 or 25-75-45 (35 can be substituted for 75); 26-36-46; 27-47 or 24-27-47; 28-48 or 28-38-48 (72 or 75 can be substituted for 38); 29-39-49; 80-81 or 80-82 or 81-82 or 80-81-82. With the permission of the vice chair, a student may substitute a sequence of courses involving an alternative culminating experience.
No courses can be counted toward both a major and a minor. With the permission of the vice chair, a student may substitute other courses to fulfill these requirements.
1. SAT Reasoning or ACT (with Writing);
2. 2 SAT Subject Test Scores;
3. The common application essay;
4. Within the Common Application, Dartmouth’s writing supplement requires that applicants write a brief response to one of the following supplemental essay prompts. Candidates choose one topic and respond;
5. A counselor recommendation and two teacher recommendations. In addition, a peer recommendation is strongly encouraged;
7. Brief abstract of an independent research project;
8. IELTS or TOEFL (no minimum scores).
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