Minor

Students interested in the Economics Minor are required to complete an online Econ Minor Statement of Interest and attend an Economics Info Session.

Follow the instructions on the Statement of Interest to return it to the Economics Department before you attend an Info Session.

See the Economics Admissions website for Info Session days and times and more information.

Once you confirm to an Economics Advisor at an Info Session that you'd like to officially pursue an Econ Minor, we will add the Econ Minor in progress to your Spire record.

Your progress on the Minor will then be officially reviewed in the semester in which you graduate to assure you've successfully completed all requirements as listed below. You are not required to submit any additional paperwork or declarations.

Due to high demand for certain Econ courses, we cannot guarantee seats for prospective Minors in our classes, but we do offer several high demand courses often, including in Winter and Summer terms. Talk to an Econ Advisor about your options.

Make an Econ Minor Advising appointment in Navigate any time you need assistance with your Econ Minor requirements in progress.

Requirements

1. ECON 103 – Intro to Microeconomics  OR  RES-ECON 102 – Intro to Resource Economics

2. ECON 104 – Intro to Macroeconomics

3. One of the following courses:
MATH 127 – Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I
MATH 131 – Calculus I

4. One of the following courses:
MATH 128 – Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences II
MATH 132 – Calculus II
RES-ECON 212 – Intro to Stats/Social Science
STATISTC 240 – Intro to Statistics
STATISTC 501 – Meth Applied Stats
STATISTC 515 – Statistics I

5. One of the following courses:
ECON 203 – Intermediate Microeconomics  OR  RES-ECON 202 – Price Theory
ECON 204 – Intermediate Macroeconomics

6. Two additional upper level ECON courses, 3 credits each, numbered 200 or higher.

  • RES-ECON courses do not fulfill this requirement
  • If RES-ECON 202 is taken to count toward the Economics minor, then ECON 203 cannot also count

View a checklist of the minor requirements (PDF)

Restrictions

  • The following courses do not fulfill Economics minor requirements:  Independent Study (ECON 396, 496, 499Y, 499T or 596), Practicum (ECON 298, 398, 498, 598), ECON 365 (formerly 397W) – Writing in Economics
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be earned in courses applied to Economics minor requirements
  • No course required for the Economics minor may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • A minimum of two of the required ECON courses must be taken in the Department of Economics at UMass Amherst.
  • For students entering UMass Fall 2018 or later, no Econ 300 level or above course also used for your primary major requirements may also be used for the Econ Minor.  This does not apply to Econ 203 and Econ 204. Either of these courses can be used as an Econ minor upper level and simultaneously towards a different primary major.