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). Students who wish to write a senior essay are strongly advised to take two semesters of econometrics. Beginning with the class of 2021, students will not be permitted to write an essay unless if they have completed two semesters of econometrics.
Additional information can be found on the Yale College Programs of Study page.
Math 112, 115, 118 or 120*
*Math 110/111 may be substituted for Math 112. The two courses together would count as one course towards the economics major.
Econ 108 or 110 or 115
place out based on pre-college testing
Econ 111 or 116
Place out based on pre-college testing
Econ 121 or 125
Econ 122 or 126
Econ 131 or 132 or 136*
*Beginning with the class of 2021, students will not be permitted to write a senior essay (necessary for distinction in the major) unless if they have completed two semesters of econometrics.
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.
Two courses from Econ 400-491 must be completed.
One of these courses must be taken in senior year.