Senior Seminars and Advanced Lectures

Space in senior seminars and advanced lecturers is limited; enrollment is capped at a low level to ensure the seminar character. Seniors who are declared majors in economics, economics & math and EP&E, who have taken 2 of the 3 core courses and met all of the “prerequisites” may pre-register for advanced lecture courses (numbered 401-449) and seminars (numbered 450-489), unless they have already met the senior requirement.

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.

Students of all classes and regardless of pre-registration eligibility may shop 400+ courses with open spaces. Priority for open spaces are awarded in order of class, seniors before juniors, etc. The seminar and 400+ preregistration lists (posted below) will note if a class is open or closed. Closed seminars are overenrolled in preregistration; in other words attrition is already accounted for. There are no waiting lists. Unfortunately, for closed seminars, there is little hope for a space opening. 


Preregistration for advanced lecture courses (numbered 401-449) and seminars (numbered 450-489) will take place using the online “preference selection” system. The system will be restricted to senior majors in economics or EP&E. Eligible seniors will use the system to express rank-ordered preferences for up to five courses/seminars.  Students will be able to enter and revise their preferences from 9:00 am on Monday, November 30, until 6:00 pm Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Click here to access preference selection site.

After preregistration closes, all students who preregistered will be assigned to one advanced lecture course or seminar.  Every attempt will be made to meet students’ preferences, and in cases where caps on enrollment bind, students will be chosen by lottery.  The system can be accessed by clicking at this link: “Seminar Preregistration”.  Seniors will receive instructions on how to access the system before it opens.

Senior majors in economics and EP&E who do not preregister, as well as underclass students and students who are not majors in economics or EP&E, will be able to shop advanced lecture courses or seminars that have not filled up during preregistration.  Seniors who did preregister are also welcome to shop additional advanced lectures and seminars at this time. All students must have completed at least two of three core courses in intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, and econometrics before enrolling in an advanced lecture course or seminar.

There will not be waiting lists for classes that fill up during preregistration.  The caps will be set high (22 for seminars), and once they are reached, those classes are full.

The advanced lecture courses and seminars being offered in spring 2021 are listed below, along with brief descriptions.