Economics Department: Goals and Objectives
Majors are required to take two introductory level courses, three core 200-level courses and at least three 300-level courses. They must then elect at least three more courses at the 200- or 300-level in order to fulfill the requirement of at least 11 units of graded work. At the 100-level, students are expected to learn basic economic concepts and applications to public policy, along with the vocabulary of economics? At the 200-level, students must demonstrate command of standard theory and analytical tools in the core requirements of the major. In 200-level courses outside the core, students will explore a variety of fields within economics and must demonstrate the ability to apply introductory level theory, usually in the analysis of some area of economic policy. Higher-level mathematics are rarely employed. By the 300-level, we expect students to have mastered core theory and statistical method, and to demonstrate their ability to apply it rigorously in their choice of fields. At the 300-level, instructors are free to set pre-requisites, including in mathematics, to ensure that students will be capable of sophisticated exploration of advanced topics.
There is no longer a senior exercise required of all majors. However, the Senior Thesis remains an optional capstone experience which figures importantly in determining honors in the major. Students planning to write a thesis register for the Senior Seminar, Economics 305/6. The first part of the first semester's work is group meetings in which students are helped to design and organize their thesis work.