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Type of Program: Major and Minor
Educational Purpose/Goal:

Economics is a social science that deals directly with the allocation of scarce resources.

Economic insights are vital for understanding society, business, policy, and history.

Program Structure: Economics has six core requirements (macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics) and six economics field classes, plus five related classes that include calculus and statistics.
Target Audience: All Northwestern undergraduates, all schools, all majors, all years.  (Students from outside of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences need only do the specific classes for economics and the five related classes, not all the WCAS requirements.)
Participation/ Entrance Requirements: Students can begin taking the appropriate core classes whenever they are ready, and can take higher level classes when the prerequisites have been satisfied.
Sample Classes:
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Finance
  • Development Economics
  • Game Theory
  • Transportation Economics
  • Economics of Gender
  • Environmental Economics
  • Money & Banking
  • Industrial Organization
Special Features: High-performing Economics majors can write an Economics Senior Honors Thesis or spend their Fourth year doing a Masters in Economics.
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