Registration Information for Restricted Undergraduate Classes
GU4911, GU4913, GU4918, GU4921, and GU4950 Senior Seminars in Economics
GU4280 Corporate Finance (all sections)
Corporate finance is a required course for the financial economics major. Demand for this course regularly exceeds the supply of seats. Thus priority in registration is given first to financial economics majors. After these seating the financial economics majors, the remaining seats are allocated to students from the engineering school and undergraduate majors in economics from CC, GS and BC. With the exception of graduate students from the engineering school who are approved by IEOR, no graduate students may take GU4280. Registration is also closed to students from any school other than CC, GS, BC and EN. Details about registering for this class are below.
How to Register
GU4280 is closed to registration. All interested students from CC, GS, BC and EN must register online for the wait list for this course.
In the initial round of registration, students will be admitted to the class from the wait list according to the priorities outlined below. After the initial round of registration, as students drop the course, new students will be admitted automatically from the wait list in order.
- Financial Econ Majors
The first 40 seats in each section are set aside for DECLARED Financial Economics (FE) majors. If fewer than 40 FE majors are on the wait list, then the remaining seats will be available for non-FE majors on the wait list. If more than 40 FE majors are on the wait list, then only the first 40 will be admitted. The remaining FE majors will join the general population of students on the wait list and will be admitted in the order as seats become available.
- Engineering students
At least 15 seats in each section of GU4280 are set aside for students in the engineering school. These seats are allocated by the IEOR department. If you are an engineering student, then IEOR must select you in order for you to be registered in this class. If you are selected by IEOR, then you will be admitted to the class from the wait list. If you are not selected, then please refer to the section below for “All Students from Schools other than CC, GS, BC and EN.”
- All Other CC, GS and BC Students
After the financial economics and engineering students have been admitted (maximum of 55 in total per section), then the remaining CC, GS and BC students for each section will be admitted from the wait list in order until the course reaches capacity.
- All Students from Schools other than CC, GS, BC and EN
If you are not a student in CC, GS, BC or EN, then you will not be admitted to this class.
As stated above, demand for this class is very high. Other schools at Columbia (such as the Business School, SIPA and School of Continuing Ed) teach their own Corporate Finance classes. These other schools often also have restrictions on registration, but you can check with them directly to see if they will allow you to take their class. If you are an economics minor in the engineering school, then you may NOT take one of the Corporate Finance classes offered by one of these other schools to fulfill the two electives requirement of your minor. You still must select an elective from the list of courses in the engineering bulletin.
GU4995 and GU4996 Research Credit
- GU4996 is closed to online registration, including registration for the wait list.
- During the first two weeks of the semester, the department will send out on the major listserv and post on the department’s posts page (Econ Info For Students) the names of faculty members who are looking for undergraduate research assistants. To get a research position, you will need to apply for one of these positions. If selected, you will 1) need to notify the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Susan Elmes, at email@example.com, 2) be registered by the department for 2 credits of research.
- Alternatively, you may have already agreed to work for a faculty member on his or her project. In general, students find these positions by referral of a friend or faculty member (for example, your roommate works as an RA and has referred you to a faculty member). Occasionally students also do research for professors with whom they have taken a class. If you have agreed to work with a faculty member, then you mustnotify the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Susan Elmes, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will be registered by the department for 2 credits of research.
- Sending out emails to faculty that you do not know in search of a research position is an ineffective way of finding a research position. If you are looking for a research position, then you should consult the department’s Wiki page to find an open position.
- Note that while students may receive credit for this course, it may not be used as a substitute for elective or seminar requirements in the major. Also note that students may only be registered for credit on one faculty project at a time and can receive a maximum of 2 credits of research in a semester.
- Finally, if you are a student that pays tuition for individual credits, then you will be required to pay for research credit. You may choose to work with a faculty member without receiving credit (and so incurring no cost), but the research credit will not appear on your transcript.
GU4997 and GU4998 Independent Study
- Students wishing to conduct an independent study in economics must first come to an agreement with a faculty member that is interested in supervising the project. Once the student and faculty member have come to an agreement, the student must notify the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Susan Elmes, at email@example.com.
- The department generally grants 2 credits for an independent study project that results in a 15-20 page paper. It is also expected that the student will meet with the faculty member at least once every two weeks. In extraordinary circumstances (a substantial original research project of 40 or more pages), the department grants 3 credits.
- The final paper is due before the end of the semester (the due date will be set by the faculty member but will be no later than the final exam period). The paper cannot be handed in after the semester ends.
- As in the case of GU4996 Research Credit, Independent Study credits may not be used as a substitute for elective or seminar requirements in the major. These credits are for general college credit only.
- Finally, if you are a student that pays tuition for individual credits then you will be required to pay for research and independent study credit.