Minor

Students who are interested in obtaining a basic background in Economics to complement their chosen major course of study may elect a minor in Economics.

Students may declare the Economics Minor in Axess. In the quarter prior to conferring their degrees, students minoring in Economics must complete the university required Major-Minor form.

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Students who get an S for a course graded on an S/NC basis and taken in the Spring Quarter of 2019/20 are allowed to receive credit toward their degree requirements for the economics major (and minor). 

Core Requirements

Course Work (35 units)

  1. Econ 1 - Principles of Economics  (5 units). Econ 1 is the only Econ course that meets the university policy for overlapping courses.
  2. Econ 50- Economic Analysis I (5 units): basic price theory. Prerequisite: Econ 1 and Math 51  (or CME 100).
  3. Econ 51- Economic Analysis II (5 units): intermediate micro. Prerequisites: Econ 50.
  4. Econ 52- Economic Analysis III (5 units): intermediate macro. Prerequisites: Econ 50.
  5. Two field courses must be chosen from among Econ 102A**, 102B**, 102C, 102D, 111, 112, 118, 125, 126, 128, 129, 136, 137, 140*, 141, 144, 145, 146, 147, 149, 155, 157, 160*, 164, 165, 166, 178, 179, 180*  (5 units each) Field Courses must be taken at Stanford in California.
  6. One elective course (5 units) must be chosen from among Econ courses taken for a letter grade (excluding Econ 139D and 199D).

*Students may count toward the econ field requirements either Econ 135 or 140; either Econ 160 or 180.

**Econ 102A and 102B are considered Econ minor field courses.

Other Requirements

  • At least 20 of the 35 units for the minor must be taken at Stanford in California.
  • All transfer units from other academic institutions must be approved in writing by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • No courses receiving Department of Economics credit under the preceding requirements may be taken CR/NC. A grade point average (GPA) of "C" (2.0) or better must be received for all units applied toward the minor.
  • Students must complete their declaration of the minor no later than the last day of the quarter one quarter before anticipated degree conferral.
  • All other procedural rules governing an Economics Major degree, apply also to an Economics Minor degree. For example, rules regarding overlapping courses**, transfer credit, fast track for Econ 1, substitution of other Stanford courses as credit towards an Economics degree, etc.