How to Declare a Major

Who should major in Economics?

The decision to major in Economics should be based on a genuine interest in the discipline. Students should be anxious to study in depth the economic dimension of society. They should have a strong interest in contemporary economic issues such as unemployment, inflation, efficiency, deficit spending, poverty, discrimination, world hunger, corporate power, environmental pollution, public economic policies, and other economic issues of our time. If a student has such interests and if after testing the study of economics in an introductory economics course that student is excited about further study, then the major is right for that person.

Declaring the Major:

You cannot declare a major until you have completed or are close to completing Econ 111. Discuss your decision or choice to major in economics or quantitative economics with your current economics professor or any other available economics professor. There are advantages to declaring an Economics Major prior to completion of Econ 111 as it will enhance your ability to take other required courses for the Economics major. Once you have made your decision, fill out a major declaration form from the Registrar's Office list of forms, and bring it to Tammy Evelhoch, Department Coordinator. She will schedule an appointment to see one of our faculty as your academic adviser. If you have a preference for a particular faculty adviser let Tammy Evelhoch know and she will try to accommodate your request depending upon the existing number of advisees for that faculty member.

Introductory courses appropriate for prospective majors and the suggested four year program can be found on the Advising Guide