Programs

Major in Economics

For the class of 2019 and all subsequent classes [1], a major in economics requires the completion of the following courses:

  • ECON 101: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 102: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON 201: Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 202: Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 333: Econometrics
  • ECON 410: Research Seminar
  • 3 Additional ECON courses at the 300-level or above
  • MATH 101: Calculus I
  • STAT 204: Elementary Statistics

 All Economics majors are also required to pass a comprehensive examination. To do so, students must obtain a satisfactory grade on their senior thesis in ECON 410 [2].

 Suggested Progression Through the Major

 First Year

  • ECON 101: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 102: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • MATH 101: Calculus I

 Sophomore Year

  • ECON 201: Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 202: Macroeconomic Theory
  • STAT 204: Elementary Statistics

 Junior Year

  • ECON 333: Econometrics [3]
  • 2 Additional ECON courses at the 300-level or above

 Senior Year

  • ECON 410: Research Seminar
  • 1 Additional ECON courses at the 300-level or above

Additional Preparation for Graduate School in Economics

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in economics, finance, or related disciplines should consider taking the following additional courses:

  • MATH 102: Calculus II
  • MATH 207: Multidimensional Calculus
  • MATH 210: Linear Algebra
  • MATH 212: Differential Equations
  • MATH 215: Discrete Mathematical Structures
  • MATH 321: Probability and Statistics I
  • MATH 322: Probability and Statistics II
  • MATH 332: Mathematical Modeling

Students who complete MATH 321 may substitute it for STAT 204, required in the major.


[1] For the class of 2018, an additional ECON elective may be substituted for ECON 333.  In addition, ECON 411 may be substituted for ECON 410 and ECON 301 may be substituted for ECON 102 only if you completed ECON 301 before December 31st 2015.

[2] For the class of 2018, students must obtain a satisfactory grade on their senior thesis in either ECON 410 or ECON 411.

[3] This course should only be taken by a second semester junior or by a first semester senior. 

Minor in Economics 

A minor in economics requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • ECON 101: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 102: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • 3 ECON courses at the 300-level or above
  • STAT 204: Elementary Statistics

SEED Program

Contact: Yasmeen Mohiuddin • 931.598.1462

Babson Center page on Social Entrepreneurshiprship

SEED Newsletter  (March 2010)

The SEED Program for students is an intensive 8-week social entrepreneurship and micro-finance immersion program that has three components: the summer study abroad program in Bangladesh and India/Thailand for 1.5 course credits; a four-week internship at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh or at a finance/ microfinance institution in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, or Europe; and a week of intensive pre-business training (lectures and workshops) at Sewanee in finance, accounting, and entrepreneurship by faculty and alumni. The purpose of the program is to provide knowledge, skills, experience, and professional networks to participants to fit their individual needs, be it to build a career in community finance, or to excel in a business environment, or to build organizations committed to social change or businesses with social responsibility. Successful participants will be awarded an M.A.E. (Microfinance And Entrepreneurship) certificate.

The SEED program was launched in summer 2007. There were five participants in 2007, twenty in 2008, sixteen in 2009, and fifteen in 2010. Students have engaged in internships at thirteen finance/microfinance organizations in eight countries, including Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Spain, Germany, and the U.S., including Puerto Rico. A few of the interns were offered jobs after completing their internships, and some have gone on to get an M.A. in social entrepreneurship.

 Bangladesh Summer Program

Contact: Yasmeen Mohiuddin • 931.598.1462

Brochure: Bangladesh 2011

This study abroad program, centers on a course on “Microfinance Institutions in South Asia” with a community engagement component. It is five and a half weeks in duration – 2 weeks of study in Sewanee, and two and a half weeks of extensive travel with academic instruction in Bangladesh and another country of the region (India, Thailand, or Cambodia). The program offers credit for one and a half courses and takes place from May to June. The program will be in its twelfth year of operation in 2014.

The Bangladesh Summer Program is a truly unique program, without any parallel at any university in the U.S. or abroad. It provides an opportunity for students to have a life changing experience by witnessing first-hand the silent revolution in Bangladesh that has enabled millions to get out of the vicious circle of poverty. This full immersion program in international development focuses on intensive interaction with the 2006 Nobel peace winner Grameen Bank and BRAC (world’s largest nonprofit) in Bangladesh. Students get the unique opportunity to observe, review, and evaluate operations of the Grameen Bank and BRAC in remote villages and to conduct interviews and focus group discussions with poor women borrowers at their homes and in their villages to learn how poverty lending is done, how peer groups are formed, how repayment is assured, how women are empowered, and how economic and social change occurs. They also take field trips to United Nations World Food Program projects and sites focusing on economic and social development that are inaccessible to tourists and even to education tour groups. They also have extended personal meetings with the “world’s greats,” Nobel Laureate Dr. Yunus and Mr. Abed, and with the head of UNWFP.

 China Summer Program

Contact:  Yasmeen Mohiuddin • 931.598.1462

Brochure: China Summer program brochure

The China Summer Program provides a unique opportunity for students to experience first hand the economic transition and reform that are taking place in China. It is three weeks in duration—one week of study in Sewanee, and two weeks of extensive travel with academic instruction in China. The program offers credit for one course in economics and takes place from May to June. Sewanee students have been participating in the program for more than 15 years.

The most distinguishing feature of the program is the chance to visit sites not normally visited by American tourists, including state-owned enterprises, joint ventures, private firms and businesses, and government agencies. The program provides ample opportunity for students to interact with a diverse group of people, including academics, farmers, senior government officials, and chief executives of private and joint ventures. In addition, the program includes cultural excursions to temples, palaces, and other historical sites including the Great Wall; attendance at acrobat, opera, and theater events; and trips to several of the following cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, and Suzhou.

Application for an Independent Study in Economics (ECON 444)