Declaring the Economics Major or Minor
Incoming students who are new to UMass are eligible to declare Economics as their primary major when entering UMass. (See below for UMass admissions information.)
Current UMass Amherst students who want to major or minor in Economics should follow the procedures outlined below to gain admittance to the program.
Before you declare the major, it is important that you understand what the Economics major is, and what it is not. Economics at UMass Amherst is a Bachelor of Arts (BA) major that focuses on the study of macro- and microeconomic theory, market structures, economic development, and public policy with an eye toward the development of critical thinking, data analysis, and civic engagement. Although many Economics majors go on to careers in business, the Economics major at UMass Amherst is not a business major and does not offer applied business courses such as accounting, finance, management, or marketing. If you are interested in pursuing a business-related degree, click here for a business-related degree options information sheet.
Students interested in the Economics major or minor are required to attend an Economics information session and complete an online statement of interest for the Primary Major, Secondary Major or Minor. Please follow these steps:
1. Consider if Economics is right for you. This is a rigorous, math-intensive program, which may not appeal to all students. Students who pursue the Economics major should be prepared to complete two levels of calculus, two intermediate theory courses, and at least one statistics course by the end of their sophomore year. All students who declare Economics as their primary major, and were admitted to UMass previous to Fall 2018, are also required to complete the 15-credit College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Global Education Requirement. Students who enter in Fall 2018 or later must complete the 3 course Intercultural and International requirement, described on our Econ major page.
2. Submit the statement of interest for the Primary Major, Secondary Major or Minor. You must submit this form prior to attending an information session, even if you are not yet ready to declare. For those interested in the Econ primary or secondary major, once you have completed the online statement of interest, attended an Information Session, and confirmed to an Econ Advisor at the Info Session that you would like to add our major, an advisor will add the major in SPIRE. If you indicate you are still undecided, no changes will be made in SPIRE. If you are interested in our Econ Minor, once you have completed the online statement of interest and attended an Information Session please follow the instructions on our Econ Minor website to submit the Economics Declaration of Minor form when enrolled in your last semester of required Econ Minor courses.
3. Attend an Information Session. Information sessions are held to convey a large amount of information about our primary major, secondary major and minor in an efficient way and will help you decide if Economics is right for you.
Fall 2018 Info Sessions (all held in Crotty Hall 209):
(1) Tuesday, September 11th - 11:00 AM
(2) Friday, September 14th - 2:00 PM
(3) Wednesday, October 10th - 11:00 AM
(4) Thursday, November 1st - 11:00 AM
(5) Friday, November 30th - 1:00 PM
(6) Monday, December 10th - 2:00 PM
If you intend to make Economics your primary major, review the Economics major requirements and, for students who entered UMass prior to Fall 2018, the SBS Global Education requirements. You will be required to complete a Global Ed declaration form at the information session you attend, even if you are not ready to declare the major. NOTE: Economics primary majors should schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor before enrolling in classes for the next semester.
If you intend to add Economics as a secondary major and complete a typical Bachelor’s degree program (120 credits, one diploma with multiple credentials) you must complete all major requirements except the Economics Integrative Experience (IE) and Economics Junior Year Writing (JYW). Second majors who entered UMass prior to Fall 2018 are also exempt from the SBS Global Ed requirement. Second majors who enter UMass Fall 2018 or later are expected to complete the 9 credit Intercultural and International requirement within the Econ major.
If you plan to pursue the Economics minor, you should review the minor requirements.
Admission Information for Prospective Freshmen, International and Transfer Students
Prospective UMass Amherst students must meet criteria set by the University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The UMass Amherst application process is managed completely by Undergraduate Admissions. Prospective first-year, international, and transfer students should contact Undergraduate Admissions for all admissions matters, including information regarding course/credit transfer and admissions requirements.
Undergraduate Admissions: umass.edu/admissions
Admissions requirements: umass.edu/admissions/apply/admissions-requirements