Major and Minor

Economics is the study of making choices about how we allocate resources. These decisions, problems, and explanations are studied on all scales; from personal finance to global markets. The discipline of economics is intended to identify and understand important economic problems and to provide the tools needed for the critical analysis of these problems and for dealing with them in practice. Typically divided into macroeconomics and microeconomics, students may explore economic issues and solutions on both small and broad scales.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The economics major is designed to give students a professional-level grounding in the tools of economic analysis as well as a serious exposure to economic analysis of real-world issues. We begin with four courses (two introductory and two intermediate) on basic economic theory, and a course in econometrics (statistical analysis as it applies particularly to economics). For the other five courses that round out the major, students can choose from an extensive list of applied courses, examples include International Monetary Economics, Game Theory, Labor Economics, Financial Markets and Institutions, and many more. Students who complete the major are well-positioned to go to law school or business school, or to get professional jobs requiring economics training in business, government, banking and finance.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Elements of Macroeconomics, 180.101
  • Calculus I, 110.106
  • Elective H or S course
  • Consider a course to explore the full curriculum
  • Elective course
  • Total 12-17 credits

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Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Economics:

  • Manipulating numerical data
  • Applying theory to problems
  • Projecting and forecasting results of quantitative analysis
  • Reading and interpreting reports and statements

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