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General Information for Undergraduates

Suggested Courses for First-Year Students

Required prerequisites/predictor courses:

» ECON 103 Introduction to Microeconomics
» ECON 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
» MATH 127 or 131
These three courses are prerequisites for the second-year courses in economic theory.

At least one semester of Calculus during the first year is very highly recommended. If necessary, students should take a pre-calculus course during the fall of their first year.

Ideally, students should declare the major during their sophomore year. Transfer students with sophomore or junior standing should see an Economics advisor as soon as possible.

Suggested Courses for Second-Year Students

» ECON 203, Intermediate Microeconomics
» ECON 204, Intermediate Macroeconomics

Basic Requirements for the Major

In addition to the courses identified above, the major requires six ECON courses at the 300-level or above. A collateral field option enables students to count courses from a related field towards the Economics major. See an Economics advisor for a list of approved collateral fields.

By the end of the sophomore year, students should also have completed MATH 128 or 132, and one course in statistics: RES EC 211 or 212, STAT 240, 501 or 515. The Department of Economics cannot assure students who fail to do so that they will be able to graduate in four years.

Majors in Economics must also satisfy the 15-credit Global Education Requirement.

Note: All students interested in pursuing Economics as a second major or obtaining a second degree in Economics must speak to an advisor in the Economics Department.

Basic Requirements for the Minor

For the minor in Economics, students must complete:
» Any two of the following courses: ECON 103, 104, 105
» One of the following: MATH 127 or 131
» One of the following: MATH 128, 132, STAT 240, 501, 515, RES EC 211 or 212 (recommended)
» A minimum of three Economics courses at the 200-level or above, at least one of which must be ECON 203 or 204.

Career Planning

Assistance with career planning is available through the Campus Career Services or contact Tommie Joyner, Assistant Director for Career Planning, Career Services, E-27G Machmer Hall, 413-577-0417,

Graduate school considerations

You should take MATH 131 and 132. You should not take MATH 127 and 128.  Additional courses in mathematics, including Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra are also recommended.  STAT 515 and possibly 516 are recommended, as is RES EC 312, Introductory Econometrics.  Strong mathematical and computer skills, as well as the ability to write well will prove valuable.

You might consider a "collateral field" in SOM. In addition, upper-level electives in Economics that may be directly relevant to the graduate study of business include ECON 309, Game Theory, ECON 311, Money and Banking, and ECON 321, International Finance.

Click here for Information about graduate study at the Isenberg School of Management .

Advice regarding preparation for Law School is available at the Pre-Law Advising Office , E-24 Machmer, 413-545-2192.

Honors program

Honors sections of ECON 103, 104, 203, and 204 are offered regularly. Honors colloquia associated with other courses in Economics are also offered. For information about the Honors programs, go to the Commonweatlh College site.   The Honors Coordinator for Economics is Kevin Crocker, 1034 Thompson Hall, 413-545-0954, email:  For more information on departmental honors in Economics, click here.


The Economics Department encourages internships as a way of obtaining experience outside academic work. The Internship Coordinator for Economics is Russell Janis, 918 Thompson Hall, 413-545-3285, email:

Early in the semester prior to the proposed internship, consult with both the Field Experience Assistant Director for CSBS, Brian Frenette, and the Internship Coordinator of the Economics Department.

Then, arrange for a faculty member to sponsor the internship. This involves agreeing upon a written contract between sponsor and student detailing the requirements of the internship. During the internship semester the student must register for ECON 298Y or UMass 298.

To be eligible for sponsorship by an Economics Department faculty member, a student must have previously completed at least 45 graduation credits with a gpa of at least 2.0. To receive academic credit through the Economics Department for an internship, you must
» Arrange in advance with a member of the faculty to sponsor your internship.

» Comply with any requirements imposed by your academic sponsor.

» Obtain satisfactory performance reports from the employer or supervisor at the site of the internship.

» After completion of the field experience submit a term paper on a topic related to the internship to the faculty sponsor.

For more information about field experience and internships, click here.

Undergraduate organizations

Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics.
For information about ODE, speak with one of the Economics undergraduate advisors.  Kevin Crocker is the Honors Coordinator for the department and is the faculty sponsor for ODE.  Questions about ODE should be addressed to

The Undergraduate Economics Club
The Undergraduate Economics Club (UEC) serves as outlet for undergraduates at the University to become more involved in the activities of the Economics department and the University. The UEC aims to foster relationships between undergraduates, faculty, and alumni. The club helps undergraduates find resources to help them academically while at the University, activities to meet and connect with faculty and alumni, and information and contacts to gain internships or employment after graduation. Faculty involvement with the club consists of building relationships with the students and getting feedback and perspective on the undergraduate program from students.

The UEC also serves as a way for alumni to meet students, help them with the transition to the working world, foster a lasting relationship with the department, and build the next generation of advocates for the Economics department and the University. All students who have an interest in economics are welcomed and encouraged to join the UEC, regardless of major.

If you are interested in joining the club or in any of the upcoming activities, please visit the UEC website at or contact them at

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