Major Requirements

Note: In the Major Requirements for Economics, under the Admission requirements and the economics major section, the text "[B- or better if taken during or since fall 2013]" in the second bullet, does not apply for a 200-level course.

Economics

The economics major—The department provides three routes to a degree in economics: the B.A. (bachelor of arts); the B.S. (bachelor of science), which is more quantitative; and the interdisciplinary computing with economics major. All three are shown schematically in the side-by-side comparison below. Students who think they may be interested in graduate work in economics are advised to seek the B.S. degree and supplement it with additional mathematics courses as explained below under the heading “Students considering pursuing graduate studies in economics.''

Important: Required core economics courses (ECON 101, ECON 301, and ECON 302) for the B.A., B.S., and interdisciplinary computing with economics majors may be retaken only once. If any of these courses is retaken, a grade of B- or better (B or better in ECON 101 if the course was originally taken during or since fall 2013) is required in the retaken course for completion of the major.

The bachelor of arts degree

Requirements for the completion of the B.A. degree are:

  • a grade of C+ or better (B- or better if taken during or since fall 2013) in ECON 101;
  • a grade of C+ or better in ECON 301 and ECON 302;
  • a grade of C- or better (C+ or better if taken during or since fall 2013) in ECON 109 or MATH 207;
  • and a grade of C- or better in each of eight other courses, including:
    • one any level economics course;
    • one 200-level economics course; and

    • four additional 300-level economic courses and ECON 331, or three additional 300-level economic courses and ECON 498-499. Students who complete ECON 498-499 must also complete the 0.5 credit Senior Thesis Seminar (ECON 402-403), which does not count for major credit.
  • New prerequisite commencing spring 2013: A C+ or better in ECON 101 (B- or better if taken during or since fall 2013), ECON 301, and ECON 302 is a prerequisite for those courses in the department that require ECON 101, and ECON 301, and/or ECON 302.

The bachelor of science degree

Requirements for the completion of the B.S. degree are:

  • a grade of C+ or better (B- or better if taken during or since fall 2013) in ECON 101;
  • a grade of C+ or better in ECON 301 and ECON 302;
  • a grade of C- or better (C+ or better if taken during or since fall 2013) in ECON 109 or MATH 207;
  • and a grade of C- or better in each of 10-11 other courses, including:
    • one 200-level economics course;
    • ECON 312 and ECON 318, or ECON 318 and ECON 328, or ECON 312 and any course with ECON 312 as a prerequisite, or ECON 318 and any course with ECON 318 as a prerequisite;
    • MATH 125 and MATH 126, or MATH 131 (or any course requiring MATH 131 as a prerequisite); and

    • four additional 300-level economic courses and ECON 331, or three additional 300-level economic courses and ECON 498-499. Students who complete ECON 498-499 must also complete the 0.5 credit Senior Thesis Seminar (ECON 402-403), which does not count for major credit.
  • New prerequisite commencing spring 2013: A C+ or better in ECON 101 (B- or better if taken during or since fall 2013), ECON 301, and ECON 302 is a prerequisite for those courses in the department that require ECON 101, and ECON 301, and/or ECON 302.

The interdisciplinary computing with economics major

This major is designed for those students who wish to combine an interest in computers with study in economics. In addition to the course requirements in mathematics and computer science, the requirements are:

  • a grade of C+ or better (B- or better if taken during or since fall 2013) in ECON 101;
  • a grade of C+ or better in ECON 301 and ECON 302;
  • a grade of C- or better (C+ or better if taken during or since fall 2013) in ECON 109 or MATH 207;
  • and a grade of C- or better in ECON 318, ECON 331, and additionally

    • one 200-level economics course; and

    • one 300-level economics course.
  • New prerequisite commencing spring 2013: A C+ or better in ECON 101 (B- or better if taken during or since fall 2013), ECON 301, and ECON 302 is a prerequisite for those courses in the department that require ECON 101, and ECON 301, and/or ECON 302.
Bachelor of arts
in economics
Bachelor of science
in economics
Interdisciplinary
computing major
Required core
economics courses
(A grade of C+ or better [B- or better in ECON 101 if taken during or since fall 2013] is required in each of these courses)a
ECON 101
ECON 301
ECON 302
ECON 101
ECON 301
ECON 302
ECON 101
ECON 301
ECON 302
Required quantitative
courses (A grade of C+ or better is required in ECON 109 or MATH 207 if taken during or since fall 2013)
ECON 109 or
MATH 207
ECON 109 or
MATH 207
ECON 109 or
MATH 207
MATH 125 and 126
or
MATH 131b
Electives One 200-level
economics course
One 200-level
economics course
One 200-level
economics course
One any-level
economics course
ECON 312 and 318c
or
ECON 318 and 328c
ECON 318
Four 300-level economics
courses and ECON 331
or
Three 300-level economics
courses and
ECON 498-499d
Four 300-level economics
courses and ECON 331
or
Three 300-level economics
courses and
ECON 498-499d
One 300-level economics
course and ECON 331
Total Number
of Courses
11 13-14 8e

a Required core economics courses may be retaken only once. If any of these courses is retaken, a grade of B- or better (B or better in ECON 101 if the course was originally taken during or since fall 2013) is required in the retaken course for completion of the major.

b or any course with a prerequisite of MATH 131

c or ECON 312 and any course with ECON 312 as a prerequisite, or ECON 318 and any course with ECON 318 as a prerequisite.

d Students who complete ECON 498-499 must also complete the 0.5 credit Senior Thesis Seminar (ECON 402-403).

e In addition to requirements in Computer Science and Mathematics.

Admission requirements and the economics major— Students who intend to declare a major in economics must do so no later than the Friday after spring break of their sophomore year. This deadline applies to students declaring economics as their first or second major. At or before this time, students who:

  • have satisfactorily completed (i.e., with a grade of C+ or better [B- or better if taken during or since fall 2013]) ECON 101;
  • have satisfactorily completed (i.e., with a grade of C- or better) a 200-level course (or, if already in their fourth semester, are currently enrolled in a 200-level course);
  • and who have satisfactorily completed (i.e., with a grade of C+ or better) or are currently enrolled in either ECON 301 or ECON 302

will be admitted to the major upon submission of the declaration of major form to Professor Christopher Hoag during fall 2014 or Professor Rasha Ahmed during spring 2015. At that time, an adviser in the department will be assigned.

Study away—A maximum of three credits taken away from Trinity may be earned for major credit. Students are required to complete ECON 301, ECON 302, and ECON 331 at Trinity College. All students who wish to receive credit toward the major for courses taken away from Trinity must complete an application for transfer credit form with the Office of Study Away and have the course(s) approved for credit by their faculty adviser and by Professor Mark Stater before going abroad. In addition to having courses preapproved, students must earn grades of B+ or better to receive credit toward the major at the 300 level, and C+ or better to receive credit toward the major at the 200 level. Permission to receive credit toward the major for courses in other departments or work in special programs at Trinity must be approved in advance by the Economics Department chair.

Students considering pursuing graduate studies in economics—Students who are considering pursuing graduate study in economics should be aware of the emphasis that graduate programs in economics place on proficiency in mathematics. Graduate programs in economics place considerable weight on the applicant's score on the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), as well as on the student's performance in undergraduate mathematics courses and quantitatively oriented courses in economics. Students considering pursuing graduate study in economics are especially urged to discuss their interests with their advisers at the earliest possible date.

Accordingly, economics majors thinking about pursuing graduate study in economics are strongly advised to complement their economics course work with additional course work in the Mathematics Department. At a minimum, course work in mathematics should include: MATH 131. Calculus I and MATH 132. Calculus II and MATH 228. Linear Algebra. Beyond these, additional recommended course work in mathematics would include: MATH 231. Calculus III, MATH 234. Differential Equations, MATH 305. Probability and Math 306. Mathematical Statistics, and MATH 331. Analysis I. Students are strongly urged to take ECON 312. Mathematical Economics and ECON 318. Basic Econometrics.