Major and Minor Program Requirements

Grading Policies

The Department of Economics recommends that faculty members who teach foundation courses adopt the following grade distribution:

  • A/A- not to exceed 35%
  • A through B- not to exceed 80%
  • C+ or below at least 20%

Faculty teaching empirical courses and electives may choose to adopt this or a similar distribution, or not adopt a distribution at all.

Major Requirements

Course Requirements for Economics Majors

Major Code: ECON
BA degree awarded
37 hours to complete

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Two Mathematics Courses

  • Math 111, Math 119, or Math 115
  • Math 112 or Math 116

Six Foundation Courses

  • Econ 101: Principles of Microeconomics, or BUS 201
  • Econ 112: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Econ 201: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Econ 212: Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Econ 220: Probability and Statistics for Economists (QTM 100 is not equivalent)
  • Econ 420: Econometrics

Four Electives

Completion of at least twelve semester hours of economics courses, of which at least six hours must be at the 400 level and no more than three hours at the 200 level.

200-level Foundation Courses Core Topics - NEW

To learn more about the core topics, please view this document.

NOTE: Completion of these courses before the end of your junior year is recommended.

To learn additional information about Foundation Courses, please view this video.

Course Requirements for Economic/Math Majors

Major Code: ECONMATH
BA degree awarded
49 hours to complete

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Required Courses

  • Math 111
  • Math 112
  • Econ 101: Principles of Microeconomics
  • Econ 112: Principles of Macroeconomics

Additional Courses

  • Econ 201: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Econ 212: Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Econ 220: Probability and Statistics for Economists (QTM 100 is not equivalent)
  • Econ 420: Econometrics
  • Math 211
  • Math 221
  • Math 250
  • CS 170
  • Math 425/Econ 425 (Math 211 and 250 are prerequisites)
  • One mathematics class chosen from the following list: Math 212, 351, 361, or 411
  • One additional Econ course at the 300 level or higher
  • One additional Econ course at the 400 level

Elective Specializations

Students are encouraged, although not required, to choose an area of concentration. The areas of concentration are currently under revision. More information will be posted in the future.

Minor Requirements

Course Requirements for Economics Minors

Minor Code: ECONMIN
21 hours to complete (including Math 111, 119, or 115, one of which is a requirement for the minor).

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The economics minor requires a minimum of eighteen semester hours of credit (6 courses) in economics.

  • Econ 101: Principles of Microeconomics or BUS 201
  • Econ 112: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Econ 201: Intermediate Microeconomics or Econ 212: Intermediate Macroeconomics 
  • Three Economics Electives at or above the 200 level (Note: Several economics courses satisfy the GER, so students can make progress toward an economic minor while they also satisfy the GER)

Additional Information

  • At most two Economics courses (Econ 101 and 112) can be exempt with AP credit.
  • Courses, including the mathematics requirement, must be taken for a letter grade and students must maintain an overall 2.0 (C) grade point average in courses used to complete a major or minor.
  • ECON 449: Economics Internship is offered to economics majors and minors only and must be taken on an S/U basis. This counts for only 2 credit hours and will not count toward the major or minor.
  • ECON 101 and 112 are prerequisites for higher numbered courses in Economics and for admission to the undergraduate program in the School of Business Administration. ECON 101 must be completed before enrolling in ECON 112. BUS 201 can substitute for Econ 101.
  • Courses taken at another institution, before or after enrolling at Emory, will not count toward the major or minor unless written permission is given by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, even if the College has accepted credit for the courses.
  • A maximum of three semester hours of ECON 397R or 496: Directed Reading in Economics may be counted toward the major or minor requirements in Economics.