Economics Major

Requirements for the MAJOR in Economics


Core Requirements in ECONOMICS Department

The following 4 courses are required :

  • UN1105 Principles of Economics
  • UN3211 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • UN3213 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • UN3412 Econometrics


  1. Econ AP/IB/GCE credits *must* appear in your SSOL transcript in order for the department to credit you with the completion of Econ UN1105.
  2. Transfer credits that would exempt students from any of the above core courses must be approved by the department in writing.  See the Transfer Credit Information page for detailed information.

Core Requirements in the MATH and STATISTICS Departments

  • MATH UN1101 Calculus I
  • MATH UN1201 Calculus III
  • STAT UN1201 (W1211) Introduction to Statistics, or a higher level statistics course such as SIEO UN3001 (SIEO 4150)


  1. Math AP/IB/GCE credits *must* appear in your SSOL transcript in order for the department to credit you with the completion of Math UN1101-UN1102.
  2. Transfer credits for Math and/or Statistics must be approved in writing by the math and/or statistics departments respectively.  See the Transfer Credit Information page for detailed information.


Students must take 5 electives in the department of economics.


  1. Only one of the elective courses may be at the 2000 level, including courses taught at Barnard. If a student has any transfer credits for electives and those courses did not require intermediate micro or macro then those transfer credits will count as the one course taught at the 2000 level.
  2. The department does not accept credit from Barnard 1000 level courses or Barnard core economics classes towards the economics major.
  3. If a student takes an economics elective without having completed all of the prerequisites, then that course will not count towards the major. All 3000-4000 level courses in the department require both intermediate micro and macro.
  4. Senior seminars are not electives.
  5. Continuing Education/Business Courses: We do not accept any of the courses from Continuing Education or the Business school as elective courses. This rule does not apply to summer courses offered by the Department of Economics.
  6. Courses not listed in the economics department in the bulletin will not be counted towards the major unless the student obtains prior approval from the department's director of undergraduate studies.
  7. The department and Barnard offer several of the same courses (listed below). If a student takes the same course in both schools, then only one of the two will count as an elective.
  • GU4321 and BC3029 Economic Development
  • GU4329 and BC3039 Economics of the Environment
  • GU4400 and BC3019 Labor Economics
  • GU4500 and BC3047 International Trade
  • GU4505 and BC3038 International Money
  • GU4235 and BC3041 Historical Foundations of Modern Economics

This list is not necessarily exhaustive and the department reserves the right to deny credit for any other courses where the subject matter overlaps too much.


  • A major in economics requires a minimum of 9 lecture courses in economics, one senior seminar and 3 classes outside of the department (math and statistics). All majors must take a minimum of 5 of the 9 economics lecture courses in the Columbia Department of Economics. The remaining credits for economics lecture courses may come from AP (IB, GCE) Credits, Barnard elective courses (2000 or 3000 level), and Transfer credits (either taken before registering at Columbia or from study abroad).
  • At most one of the 3000 level core economics courses may be taken outside of the department (the course must be approved by the department- see ransfer credit information online). The Barnard offerings of the economics core classes are NOT acceptable substitutes for the core requirements.
  • UN3025 Financial economics and UN3265 Money and Banking count as electives offered by the Columbia department regardless of the instructor.
  • Students must take their senior seminar in the Columbia Department of Economics.


Every student must take at least one seminar in the Columbia Department of Economics.


Students must receive a grade of at least C- in order for the course to count towards the major (including statistics and math). Only UN1105 Principles of Economics may be taken Pass/D/Fail, and a grade of "P" must be received.