Q. I am thinking of doing an internship. Can I get credit for it?

A. That depends on three things; whether you’re getting paid for the internship, whether you want to get the credit in economics or not, and whether you want a full course credit or just a 1/3 credit. If you are getting paid for the internship, then credit is not possible. You can have academic credit or a paycheck but not both. The rest of this answer therefore assumes you are not getting paid. For-credit economics internships are normally taken through Eco 390, which is in offered winter term; if you want to get the credit in winter term, then it is much the simplest thing to take Eco 390....

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Q. I’d like to be an economics minor. What do I need to do?

A. As an economics minor, you don’t need to prepare to write an economics thesis, so you have a lot more flexibility in your timing. You have to take Economics 101, 241, 242, and 243, plus two more economics courses, at least one at the 300 or 400-level. You’ll need to do Economics 101 first, and probably the 300 or 400-level course last, but within that, you can take the courses in any order you want, just so long as you finish them all by the end of your senior year. If you have a conflict between a course for your major and a course for your minor (even if the minor is not...

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Q. I’m not sure if I should be an economics major or a managerial economics major. Which is right for me?

A. It doesn’t make a great deal of difference which major you complete, and the core of both majors is the same. The managerial economics major requires certain economics electives (managerial economics and financial economics) as well as courses outside the economics major like accounting and computer science. If you are not sure which major you want to be in, start taking the courses required for the managerial major. All of them (except computer science and accounting) also count for the economics major, so you’ll have no trouble switching to the economics major if you decide...

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Q. I’m a fall-term first-year student, and I think I want to be an economics major. What should I be taking now?

A. For the economics major, there are two (or perhaps three) courses you should take this year. The first is Economics 101, Introduction to Economics. You can take this any time during your first year, although since Economics 101 is a prerequisite for every other economics course, you should probably take it as early as you can. The second is your mathematics requirement. In order to proceed the core course Economics 241, 242, and 243, which are normally taken sophomore year, you must complete Math 110, 101, or 113. You can take Math 110, which covers differential calculus in one term; or...

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Q. I’d like to be an interdepartmental (ID) major with economics as one half. What courses do I need to take, and when?

A. You need to take eight economics courses. Either six or seven of them must be classroom courses, depending on how you plan to count thesis. If the other half of your ID major is in the social sciences, normally your thesis counts as one course in each department, in which case you need seven classroom courses in economics. If the other half of your ID major is outside the social sciences, then typically your thesis counts as two economics courses, so you take six classroom courses. Either way, one of your classroom courses is Economics 101, three of them are Economics 241, 242, and 243,...

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