Major Requirements - Economics

To earn distinction in the major a student must write a senior thesis earning a grade of A- or better and receive A- or better in 3/4 of major courses (not including math and introductory economics).

Additional information can be found on the Yale College Programs of Study page.

Introductory Courses

Math 112, 115, 118 or 120

Econ 108 or 110 or 115


place out based on pre-college testing

Econ 111 or 116


Place out based on pre-college testing

Core Courses

Econ 121 or 125

Econ 122 or 126

Econ 131 or 132 or 136

Field Courses

Typically, you need four field (elective) courses, numbers 159 or higher. An extra semester of econometrics can also count as a field course.

Total courses in the major (including math) must sum to 12. If you place out of an introductory course you must take an additional elective.

Senior Requirement

Two courses from Econ 400-491 must be completed.

One of these courses must be taken in senior year.