Joint Economics-Philosophy Major
Requirements for the Joint Major in ECONOMICS and PHILOSOPHY
Core Requirements in ECONOMICS Department
The following 3 courses are required:
- W1105 Principles of Economics
- W3211 Intermediate Microeconomics
- W3213 Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Econ AP/IB/GCE credits *must* appear in your SSOL transcript in order for the department to credit you with the completion of Econ W1105.
- 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 V1101 Calculus I
- MATH V1201 Calculus III
- STAT W1211 Introduction to Statistics B (or a higher level statistics course such as SIEO 4150)
- Math AP/IB/GCE credits *must* appear in your SSOL transcript in order for the department to credit you with the completion of Math V1101-V1102.
- 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 2 electives in the department of economics chosen from the following list of courses:
- W4020 Economics of Uncertainty and Information
- W4080 Globalization, Incomes and Inequality
- W4211 Advanced Microeconomics
- W4213 Advanced Macroeconomics
- W4228 Urban Economics
- G4235 Historical Foundations of Modern Economics or BC3041 Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy
- G4301 Economic Growth & Development
- W4321 or BC3029 Economic Development
- W4329 Economics of Sustainable Development or BC3039 Economics of the Environment
- W4345 World Economic Problems
- W4370 Political Economy
- W4400 or BC3019 Labor Economics
- W4415 Game Theory
- W4438 Economics of Race in the United States
- W4465 Public Economics
- W4480 Gender and Applid Economics
- W4500 or BC3047 International Trade
- W4615 Law and Economics
- W4625 Economics of the Environment
- W4750 Globalization and its Risks
- BC3011 Inequality and Poverty
- If a student takes an economics elective without having completed micro and macro, then that course will not count towards the major. All 3000-4000 level courses in the department require both micro and macro, and some electives require additional prerequisites (W4020, W4211, W4213, W4480).
- 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.
- W4321 and BC3029 Economic Development
- W4329 and BC3039 Economics of the Environment
- W4400 and BC3019 Labor Economics
- W4500 or BC3047 International Trade
- G4235 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.
NEW RULE FOR BARNARD ELECTIVES AND TRANSFER CREDIT
- A joint major with philosophy requires a minimum of 5 lecture courses in economics, one senior seminar and 5 classes in philosophy and 3 classes in math and statistics. All joint majors with philosophy must take a minimum of 4 of the 5 lecture courses in the Columbia Department of Economics. The remaining credits course may come from AP (IB, GCE) Credits, Barnard elective courses (from the prescribed list), and Transfer credits (either taken before registering at Columbia or study abroad).
- The Barnard offerings of the economics core classes are NOT acceptable substitutes for the core requirements.
- PHIL C1010 Methods and Problems of Philosophic Thought
- PHIL V3411 Symbolic Logic
- PHIL V3701 Moral Philosophy
- PHIL W3551 Philosophy of Science
One of the following two courses:
- PHIL G4561 Probability and Induction
- PHIL G4565 Rational Choice
NOTE: Please consult with the Philosophy department on the philosophy requirements.
Every student must take the ECPH W4950 Economics and Philosophy Seminar.
Students must receive a grade of at least C- in order for the course to count towards the major (including statistics and math). Only W1105 Principles of Economics may be taken Pass/D/Fail and a grade of "P" must be received.