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 must 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. 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 Declaration of Major/Minor. The process includes the following steps (click here for printable version of these instructions):
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 are also required to complete the 15-credit College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Global Education Requirement.
NOTE: Current UMass students planning to declare Economics must complete at least one calculus course (MATH 127 or 131) and one Economics intro course (ECON 103, ECON 104, or RES-ECON 102) with grades of C- or higher before declaring the major.
2. Attend an information session. Students must attend an information session and complete the online major declaration in order to begin the change of major process. These steps help students determine if Economics is a good fit for them.
Fall 2017 Info Sessions (all held in Crotty Hall 209):
(1) Tuesday, September 12, 4:00 PM
(2) Friday, September 15, 2:30 PM
(3) Monday, October 2, 12:30 PM
(4) Wednesday, October 18, 2:00 PM (NOTE: time change; session is no longer at 4 PM.)
(5) Thursday, November 2, 1:30 PM
3. Review the Economics major requirements and the SBS Global Education requirements. This will help you decide whether you’d like to change your major to Economics and whether you can finish your degree on time. (In addition to the major requirements, Economics majors must also complete the SBS Global Education language and culture requirement, which consists of 15 credits, at least six of which must be in one foreign language.)
4. Submit the online Declaration of Economics Primary Major or Declaration of Economics Secondary Major or Minor. If you have completed two of the predictor courses outlined above, and you are prepared to commit to the Economics major, please complete and submit this online form. Once you have attended an Information Session and completed the online form, an advisor will add the major in SPIRE and will inform you when the change is complete. NOTE: Economics primary majors will be required to schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor before enrolling in classes for the next semester.
5. Go to the SBS Advising Resource Center (SBSARC) in 128 Thompson to complete a declaration form for your preferred Global Ed Requirement Option. All questions about Global Ed should be directed to the SBSARC.
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