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Economics

Basic Structure of the Department

  • Economics offers a single major, a modified major, and a minor.
  • Students choose two of six different fields within the major: development economics, industrial organization, money and finance, labor economics, public economics, international economics. For descriptions of these fields of study, see the Economics department brochure, which can be picked up at the department office or downloaded from the department web site (http://www.dartmouth.edu/~economics/).
  • ECON 1: The Price System, is the entrĂ©e into the discipline and thus is a prerequisite for the major, and for most other courses in the department. Several sections are taught every term. ECON 1 teaches the fundamentals of economic logic and thinking. A good indicator of whether someone will excel in ECON 1 (and thus the study of economics generally) is someone who likes applying math to real world problems.
  • ECON 1 classes are capped at 45 students. Students who did not get in to the class during registration should contact Karen Pelletier (Karen.M.Pelletier@Dartmouth.EDU) to get on the waiting list, as there may still be a possibility of getting into the class.
  • A student interested in taking an economics class while at Dartmouth, but who has no plans to major in the subject, should consider taking ECON 2 (Introduction to Economic Policy Issues). ECON 2 is designed for non-majors, and thus does not count towards the major, nor does it serve as a prerequisite or substitute for ECON 1. Students with credit for or exemption from ECON 1 may not enroll in ECON 2, but students who enroll in ECON 2 are not precluded from subsequently enrolling in ECON 1.

Information for the First-Year Student Who Plans on Pursuing Studies in Economics

  • The prerequisites for the major are ECON 1, MATH 3, and ECON 10. A student should try to take ECON 1 (The Price System) and ECON 10 (Introduction to Statistical Methods) by the end of their first year, but there is no need to panic if that is not accomplished.
  • MATH 3 (Intro to Calculus) is a prerequisite for ECON 10.
  • Due to the large overlap of material covered, no student may receive credit for more then one of the courses ECON 10, GOVT 10, MATH 10, PSYC 10, Social Sciences 10 or SOCY 10.

Questions about Advanced Placement

  • Students can receive credit for ECON 1 if they 1) scored a 5 on the AP test for microeconomics, 2) scored an A on their British A-Levels, or 3) scored a 6 or 7 on the IB for higher economics.
  • These students may take any Economics class for which ECON 1 is the only prerequisite.
  • Note that the department does not offer any credit for an exceptional score on the AP test for macroeconomics.

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Last Updated: 9/6/13