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Requirements & Related Info:
Declaring an Economics Major
Preparing for Graduate Study in Economics
Enrollment in Graduate Courses
Approved Courses for Majors or Minors in Economics
Advanced Placement and Acceleration Credit
Honors in Economics
The Course Numbering System
Advisement Report Approval for Graduating Seniors
OverviewAll majors in economics must complete a basic program that includes mathematics, principles of economics, intermediate microeconomic theory, intermediate macroeconomic theory, and statistics. Two tracks toward a major are offered. Option I, the Major in Economics, is somewhat less structured and allows some greater flexibility in the choice of courses. Option II, the Major in Quantitative Economics, follows a more mathematical approach to the study of economics and provides the background recommended for those contemplating graduate study in economics or the more quantitative areas of business and finance.
Under either major option, it is recommended that students begin taking the principles course and required mathematics courses during their first year, and begin taking the core economic theory courses during their second year. Once the principles and core prerequisites have been met, a wide range of elective courses is available. Restrictions on the choice of electives for each major are summarized below. A minimum grade of C- is required for all mathematics, core, and elective courses used to satisfy major requirements.
Declaring an Economics Major
Declaring an Economics Major requires that you complete a Declaration of Major Form.
To choose an Economics Advisor you may:
Please keep in mind that not all faculty members are eligible or available to be advisors.
Preparing for Graduate Study in EconomicsStudents wishing to pursue graduate work in economics should consult with their advisor at their earliest opportunity. Graduate study in economics is highly mathematical. Entrance into top programs, especially the top twenty programs, is also extremely competitive. On the other hand, there is excellent funding available for smart and well trained applicants and Tufts has historically done a good job of placing students in top Ph.D. programs.
Because the top doctoral programs are so competitive, it is important that you plan your undergraduate course of study carefully so that you will both stand out as an applicant and be successful in the program. Doing a senior thesis or some other research activity can be valuable. Econometrics is an invaluable tool and a signal to graduate programs of your ability to do quantitative work in economics. Equally (if not more) important, you should take higher level Mathematics courses.
The Department of Economics recommends that you take at the minimum:
Additional courses you could take include
Mathematics 51 (formerly Math 38), 161, and 162.
These courses, however, will not substitute for courses in the first list.
Enrollment in Graduate CoursesTufts undergraduates with adequate preparation may enroll in graduate courses. If such courses are passed with a minimum grade of B- and are not needed for the completion of baccalaureate requirements, they may be applied toward a Master of Science in Economics. Tufts students who apply to the M.S. program are subject to the usual admission requirements, but are not required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Learn more >
Approved Courses for Majors or Minors in EconomicsAll students should be aware of the following general restrictions on major and minor courses. Students are expected to check with an economics advisor if they are unclear about the status of a course.
Advanced Placements and Acceleration CreditAny awards of credit for previous secondary school work must conform to the regulations stated in the Bulletin of Tufts University for Arts & Sciences as administered by the Office of the Dean of the Colleges. Questions about the interpretation of these regulations should be directed to the Dean's office. If a student is awarded advanced placement or accelerated credit based on previous work, the student may not take a comparable course for credit toward the degree. The most common award for secondary school work in economics is for credit in Principles of Microeconomics or credit in Principles of Macroeconomics. This credit is typically awarded for satisfactory scores of CEEB Advanced Placement Exams or on other recognized national matriculation exams.
Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board
Foreign Diploma Credit
Honors in EconomicsEffective immediately, completion of a designated Economics Research Paper class is no longer a requirement for Magna/Summa Honors. This change applies to senior candidates for Magna or Summa this academic year. However, completing such a course remains a requirement for completion of the Quantitative Economics concentration. Please contact your Economics faculty advisor if you have questions about this change. The award of degrees Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude requires recommendation by the Department. Recommendation is not automatically determined by any mechanical rules, but the minimum requirements to be considered by the Department are shown below. Students should keep in mind that course credits transferred to Tufts without letter grades are not normally used as part of the review for honors.
Magna Cum Laude
To be recommended by the Department for graduation magna cum laude, it is necessary but not sufficient for a student:
Summa Cum Laude
The award of summa cum laude is not solely at the discretion of the Department. It requires the recommendation of the LA&J Committee on Honors, and the approval of the faculty of Liberal Arts and Jackson. The LA&J standard for summa cum laude is "extraordinary achievement in the breadth, as well as the depth, of a student's intellectual development." Historically, the Committee on Honors has relied heavily on a review of the student's entire transcript, the earning of at least one "A" grade in each distribution area, and recommendations from the student's major department.
The Course Numbering SystemEach course in the Department of Economics is assigned a number that reflects the prerequisites of the course and the major or minor requirements it might satisfy.
Advisement Report Approval for Graduating SeniorsThe steps to apply for graduation and submit an Advisement Report (formerly known as Degree Sheet) are as follows:
February graduates should complete these steps between now and October 15th.
May graduates should complete these steps after they preregister for Spring classes, or by the deadline of December 1st.
The Undergraduate Chair will not process forms for May graduates until students have their Advisement Report showing Spring class registrations.
Please email Professor Ed Kutsoati at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Checklists/FormsPlease complete the following forms online, print, secure the necessary signatures, and submit to the Economics Administration office (Braker Hall, Rm. 110).
*For various other forms, please refer to the Registrar's Office's Student Forms.
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