- Placing out of introductory courses does not reduce the number of courses required for the economics major.
- You may not place out of an introductory economics course unless your personal placement at the economics placement site recommends it or you have permission from the DUS.
Regardless of your math background entering Yale, we strongly recommend that you take a further mathematics course at Yale during your first year. For many students, the appropriate course to take is either the next level of calculus or linear algebra. For some other students, the appropriate course to take is at a higher level. The mathematics department can advise you on the appropriate course to take. Some students also take courses in statistics in preparation for their econometrics sequence.
We encourage most first-year students who are interested in economics to take an introductory micro course in the fall and an introductory macro and/or introductory data course in the spring. Students have multiple options for introductory micro and macro in both semesters.
Introductory micro is offered in three formats:
- Econ 115 is a large lecture class.
- Econ 110 covers the same topics but is taught in smaller sections that are only open to first-year students and sophomores. This class is restricted by lottery.
- Econ 108 is intended for students with limited or no experience in calculus. It places greater emphasis on quantitative methods and examples.
Introductory macro is offered in two formats:
- Econ 116 is a large lecture class.
- Econ 111 is similar in spirit to Econ 110. It covers the same topics as 116 but is taught in smaller sections that are limited to first-year students and sophomores and are restricted by lottery.
First-year students and sophomores interested in taking Econ 108, Econ 110 or 111 in spring 2019 must preregister between 9:00 am on Friday, December 07, and 5:00 pm Wednesday, January 9, 2019 (Click here for Econ 110 ; Click here for Econ 111 and Click here for Econ 108).
Because there are a limited number of slots in these courses, places will be assigned randomly to a subset of those that preregister. Assignments will be available on the preregistration site after 5:00 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019.
The students who receive an assignment through the lottery have to attend the first two classes in order to be allowed to register. In case a student does not attend, the lottery assignment will be revoked and his/her place will be made available to another student. The final assignments for each section will be announced on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
Introductory data analysis and econometrics:
- Econ 117 is a an unlimited enrollment large lecture class offered in both semesters.
- Please see the New Econometrics Courses webpage for more information
No, it is not necessary to confirm with the DUS.
Yes. Econ 108, Econ 110 and Econ 111 are limited enrollment courses. Even if your personal placement includes these courses as a suggestion, you still have to apply for a place if you wish to take any of these courses. Since space is limited, not everyone gets their first choice.
Yes. And similarly, if you do not get into 111, you can still take Econ 116.
No. Many very successful economics majors do not start economics before college. This is completely fine.
Yes but don’t worry. Please come to see us during the first week of term. You are not alone: many successful economics majors enter Yale with a limited math background. We can help you choose courses to help you succeed.
Not directly, but please come talk to the DUS during the fall semester. We may be able to advise you already on good economics options to take after your first year, and you may want to talk about the math-econ major.
It depends. If you are happy with your placement then you are good to go. If you think you need a new placement, please talk to the DUS. Bring with you documentation that confirms your grade in these courses. If possible, also bring the syllabus or details of the course you took just in case it is a new one for us.
No. We have found that students in this category almost always do best to take introductory economics first.
Probably because of math. To skip introductory economics, you also need to have a 5 on the AP BC calculus or equivalent. It is also just possible that we do not have your AP scores. If this is the case, please see the DUS and bring documentation of your scores.
Smile nicely to your friend / president etc., and then take our advice.
Yes.Your personal placement to skip introductory micro is just an option. You still have the option of taking introductory micro as your first economics course at Yale.
Yes, Your personal placement to skip introductory macro is just an option.
No. You may not skip introductory micro unless your personal placement recommends it or you have permission of the DUS. If you think this placement is in error, please first read the placement guidelines above, and then (if you still think the placement is an error) contact the DUS. Please bring with you relevant documentation about the courses you have taken and your scores in those courses.
No. You may not skip introductory macro unless your personal placement recommends it or you have permission of the DUS. If you think this placement is in error, please first read the placement guidelines above, and then (if you still think the placement is an error) contact the DUS. Please bring with you relevant documentation about the courses you have taken and your scores in those courses.