The Undergraduate Program:
How do I declare a major in
If you entered UMass on or after
1 September 2002
and unless you declared a major in economics upon
admission to the University, you must pass ECON 103, ECON 104, and one semester
of calculus before you can declare a major in Economics. When you are ready to declare a major in
Economics, the administrative procedures begin with a consultation with an
undergraduate advisor in economics.
How do I declare a
minor in Economics?
Early in the semester in which
you have registered for the last course you will use toward the minor, you
should obtain a 'Declaration of Minor' form from the Undergraduate Registrar's
Office in Whitmore, and bring it to a consultation with an undergraduate
How do I register for
courses in Economics?
The Economics course
I want to take is already closed, what should I do?
You should continue to attempt to
register through SPIRE. For most
courses, during Add/Drop, as students drop classes, vacancies appear on
SPIRE. Consequently, to be admitted
to that class, you must request it once a vacancy has occurred.
Should I ask any of
the advisors in Economics to admit me to a class which has reached
No, they will not override course
capacities at your request.
Should I ask the
instructor of a course to admit me to a class whose capacity has already been
occasions an instructor might agree to override the capacity of a class, but is
under no obligation to do so. In many cases the Fire Code makes this impossible.
Should I pre-register
for courses in Economics?
YES. Your best, and frequently your only
opportunity to successfully enroll in Economics courses is during pre-registration. You should request classes as early in
your 'enrollment appointment' as possible.
Should I take ECON
203 before ECON 204?
The sequence in
which you take ECON 203 or ECON 204 does not matter. You can take them simultaneously.
SPIRE refuses to
register me for a course, claiming that I lack its prerequisites, but this is
not the case. What should I
If the course you want has no
academic prerequisites, check the electronic description of that course to see
if there are other constraints, such as residential or TAP identities, on
registration for it. This is
particularly pertinent for ECON 103 and ECON 104.
I have taken the
prerequisite course at another college or university and SPIRE cannot recognize
the prerequisite as satisfied. What
should I do?
You should verify on SPIRE that
your course has been correctly transferred onto your record at UMass Amherst and appears as one of the prerequisite
courses. If not, you should see
someone in Transfer Affairs in the Undergraduate Registrar's Office. After this, if you still cannot register
for the course in question, see one of the undergraduate economics
How do I get access
From OIT, in Lederle Graduate Research Center.
When is Add/Drop?
Check your 'enrollment
appointment' on SPIRE to determine when you are allowed to register for
classes. Different students may
have different appointments. Check the academic
calendar for the last day to add or drop courses.
Can I be dropped from
a class for nonattendance?
Yes. If you have missed the first two
meetings of a class, you may be dropped from it.
How do I satisfy the Junior Writing Requirement in Economics?
ECON 397W satisfies the Junior Writing requirement but cannot
be used as an upper-level elective in Economics for the purposes
of the major.
When should I declare
a major in Economics?
As soon as you realize that you
want to major in Economics. If you
did not declare the major in Economics when you initially entered the
University, and you joined the University on or after
1 September 2002 you must completed ECON 103,
ECON 104, and one semester of Calculus before you may declare the major.
When should I declare
a minor in Economics?
During the semester in which you
have enrolled for the LAST course you will apply toward the requirements of the
minor in Economics.
If my primary major
is not in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, must I satisfy
the Global Education Requirement?
Not necessarily. If Economics is your second major and
your primary major is outside the
Social and Behavioral Science the
Global Education requirement may be waived. If this is your case, you should refer
to note e. on page 31 of the
Massachusetts Amherst Guide to Undergraduate Programs, and
consult with a college-level advisor in Machmer E-20.
If Economics is my
secondary major, and I have completed the Junior Writing Requirement in my
primary major, must I also taken ECON 397W?
No. The Economics Department is willing to
waive its junior writing requirement if you have successfully satisfied that
requirement in another major. You
should, however, speak with one of the undergraduate advisors in Economics so
that an official waiver can be administratively initiated. Note that this does not mean that if
Economics is your primary major and you have a secondary major, that your
secondary major will waive their
If I have satisfied
all requirements of the Economics major, what else must I do to
You must also satisfy the
University (General Education, Diversity, total academic credits, and gpa) and
Social and Behavioral Sciences
(Global Education) requirements. If
Economics is your secondary major and your primary major is not in the
and Behavioral Sciences, you
should speak with a college-level advisor in Machmer E-20 to verify whether or
not you need to satisfy the Global Education Requirement.
If I am an Economics
major, when should I take Calculus?
As soon as
possible. At least one
semester of Calculus is a prerequisite for both ECON 203 and ECON 204. Since those courses function as
prerequisites for many of the upper-level electives in Economics, delay in
taking Calculus could postpone your graduation.
Can I use courses in
Economics to satisfy Gen Ed requirements if I major in
You may use one course in your
major to satisfy Gen. Ed. requirements.
Can I use courses in
Economics to satisfy the Global Education requirement if I major in
You may be able to use an
Economics course toward the Global Education requirement, but you may NOT use
any course simultaneously for the Economics Major requirements, and the CSBS,
Global Education requirement.
What grades must I achieve in all courses I use toward a major in Economics?
Students must receive a grade of C- or higher in all courses presented for
the major, except introductory microeconomics, introductory macroeconomics, Math
131, Math 132 and Statistics
515. This rule applies to all courses taken on or after September 1, 2004.
Do Economics courses
have home pages on the Internet?
Many do. You should check with the instructor, or
at the Courses section of the
Economics Department home page.
Who is the instructor
of my course in Economics?
If an instructor has been
assigned to your course, that person's name should be identifiable on SPIRE.
I am registered for
one section of a course in Economics, but want to switch to another. What should I do?
If the section or lecture of the
course you want to add is open, you should register through SPIRE. If the section or lecture of the course
you want to add is closed, you will need to speak with the Instructor. The Economics Department has already
made many pedagogical compromises to increase class size in order to satisfy
excess demand for its courses.
Consequently, instructors are under no obligation to accommodate your
If I major in
Economics, will I be able to take courses in SOM?
As a major in Economics, some
courses in the Isenberg School of Management will be open to you.
Does ECON 105 satisfy
any of the requirements of the major in Economics?
Must I have a gpa of 2.00 or better in all courses used to satisfy the
major in Economics?
What Calculus courses
should I take if I may want to go to graduate school in
You should take MATH 131 and MATH 132 . You should NOT
take MATH 127 and MATH 128.
My Degree Progress
Report on SPIRE does not agree with my understanding of the requirements of the
major in Economics, and/or the rules by which those requirements may be
satisfied. What should I do?
First, verify that your Degree
Progress Report accurately reflects your coursework. If something is missing or inaccurate,
notify the Undergraduate Registrar's Office. If coursework appearing on your Degree
Progress Report does not appear to satisfy requirements of the major, and you
think it should, consult with one of the undergraduate advisors in
I want to take more
than 18 credits during a semester.
What should I do?
Consult with one of the
college-level advisors in Machmer E-24.
Economics Department advisors are not authorized to approve a schedule
containing more than 18 credits in one semester.