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 micro and macroeconomics). Students must complete two semesters of econometrics in order to write a senior thesis.

Below is a brief summary of the major requirements. For a more complete description of the rules of the major, please see the Yale College Programs of Study page.

A road map of the Economics major can be found on the Registrar’s Office website.

Course Requirements

Introductory Courses

Math 110/111*,  112, 115, 116, or preferably, 118 or 120 (or higher)

*Math 110 and MATH 111 together 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

Core Courses

Econ 121 or 125

Econ 122 or 126

Econ 117, 123 or 136

Field Courses

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.

Typically you’d need four elective courses (named 159 or above), or three electives plus a second econometrics course.

If you place out of introductory micro (and macro), you’d need five (six).

Senior Requirement

One course from Econ 400-491 must be completed.

A second course from Econ 400-491; must be taken in senior year.

Economics Road Map for Majors

Road Map for Econ Majors

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