How is seminar placement done?
Declared economics, economics & math and EP&E majors, who have taken 2 of the 3 core courses and met all of the “prerequisites” are placed into seminars according to the following priority:
1. Seniors who have not yet met the seminar or advanced lecture discussion requirement
If you have met the seminar and 400+ classes requirement after the fall of your senior year, you will not be placed into a seminar or 400+ class during preregistration for the spring. You can however, go to seminars and 400+ classes with open spaces and after the first or second class meeting we will be able to determine if we can admit you. Priority for open spaces goes to 4th year seniors first, then down the scale (see the question and answer below). The seminar and 400+ preregistration lists [LINK], posted at 28 Hillhouse Avenue and on the webpage here, will note if a class is open or closed. Juniors may apply to be put on the wait list for open places in seminars and 400+ classes during the pre-registration period but seniors who need the course to graduate will be given first priority.
How will acceleration/deceleration affect my priority?
Seniors in their 4th year are placed before accelerated seniors in their 3rd year. Juniors in their 3rd year are placed before accelerated juniors in their 2nd year.
We have found that most economics accelerated students (94%) decelerate, so only a handful of students who accelerate actually graduate early and need the seminars early. We will honor your accelerated status based on the priority system outlined above.
Why can’t I take the place of someone who drops out of a seminar? Take a different seminar from the one I was placed in? Why can’t I shop seminars?
Seminar spaces are limited and enrollment is kept low to ensure the character of small seminars.
You can switch to a different seminar if there are open spaces in that seminar and you have an academic a conflict, but we keep switching to a minimum.
Closed seminars are overenrolled in preregistration so attrition is accounted for. Unfortunately, for closed seminars, there is little room to maneuver.
Should I meet the seminar/400+ requirement in my senior year?
It is quite common for students to take such classes in their junior year but the senior requirement includes taking one such course in senior year.
If I have already met the requirement in my junior year, do I have to take another seminar or 400+ course?
Yes. In all cases students must enroll in one such course during their senior year.
Please note however, that if you want to be considered for distinction in the major, you must do a senior essay (which counts as a seminar if you enroll in Econ 491a or 491a/492b) or alternatively a senior essay done in a seminar in your senior year.