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Undergraduate Overview

PLEASE NOTE: 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).

The Economics Major provides a rigorous toolkit for thinking about the economy and about economic policy.

The mission of the undergraduate program in Economics is to acquaint students with the economic aspects of modern society, to familiarize them with techniques for the analysis of contemporary economic problems, and to develop in them an ability to exercise judgment in evaluating public policy. Taking any of the Econ “Frosh Friendly” courses is a good way for students to find out if Econ is the right major for them. Taken for letter grades, these courses meet Econ elective course requirements.
Why major in Economics? Watch "A career in Economics...it's much more than you think." produced by the American Economic Association.

The program introduces students to macro- and microeconomic theory, teaches them to think and write clearly about economic problems and policy issues and to apply the basic tools of economic analysis. The undergraduate major provides an excellent background for those who plan careers in government and private enterprise as well as those pursuing graduate degrees in professional schools or in the field of economics.

The minor in Economics has three main goals: to acquaint students with the rudiments of micro- and macroeconomic theory; to allow students to build competence in the application of this theory to two fields of economics of their choosing, and the opportunity to specialize further in any one of these fields by taking one additional advanced course in the Department of Economics. 

The Econ Honors Program offers an outstanding opportunity for independent research, creativity, and achievement.  Students who complete the honors program graduate with Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Honors. 

The Introductory Economics Center provides resources and support for all faculty, teaching assistants, and students involved with Econ 1.

In addition to the  Honors Program, Economics majors who wish to deepen their understanding of the field of economics may be interested in summer research opportunities with Economics faculty. 
 

 

Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) offers research assistant opportunities to current Stanford undergradutate students.

The Econ Peer Advisors can answer questions students have about the major, coursework, internships, studying abroad, and the variety of other opportunities available at Stanford.  Students may contact them via email or set up an appointment to meet. Econ Peer Advisors participate in university and department events for undergraduates.

The Stanford Economics Association (SEA) is a student-run group of Economics majors and other students interested in economics.

One of the many projects that SEA is involved in is publishing the Comparative Advantage, Stanford's undergraduate economic journal.

This program brings alumni of the Stanford Economics Department back to campus to connect with current Econ majors and share insights from their own career and life paths.

Upcoming Undergraduate Deadlines & Announcements

View Stanford Academic Calendar 2019-20

 

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).  

Econ 10 has been cancelled for spring quarter 

During spring quarter 2019-20, the Department of Economics will offer two versions of Econ 1.  

One version, labeled Econ 1, will be taught by Marcelo Clerici-Arias.  Originally, as specified in the catalog, the intention was to use all class time for team-based learning instead of lectures, with mandatory attendance.  In light of recent developments, this format will be modified as follows.  Each class session will be composed of mini-lectures (live audio and video via Zoom) punctuated by three types of student work/interaction: (1) clicker-like questions (via PollEverywhere), (2) think-pair-share activities (two-person breakout sessions via Zoom), and (3) real-life applications that take a bit more time, in groups (5-person breakout sessions via Zoom, with students sharing their screens and whiteboards).  Sessions will also be recorded, so students will be able to view them later in Canvas. The course will also have interactive sections with TAs.

The second version, Econ 1V, will be taught by John Taylor.  This class was specifically developed as an online offering, and it has been available during Stanford summer session for several years.  The sections, office hours and discussion forum are interactive. All lectures are pre-recorded and students can view them at any time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have A Question?

Contact: Joanne DeMarchena, Undergraduate Student Services Officer at jdemar@stanford.edu or (650)723-3976.

Professor Kyle Bagwell, Econ Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) at kbagwell@stanford.edu

You can also read the Information Book for Undergraduate Economics Majors for detailed information about the program.

The Economics Common Syllabus explains econ course management policies.

Econ Majors in the News

In May 2019, Econ major, Ana Carolina Paixao de Queiroz, participated in the SDG16 Conferenece in Rome.

Congratulations to Econ senior, Anoop Manjunath, one of the 2019 Knight-Hennessy Scholars!

Congratulations to three Econ seniors for receiving the 2019 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement: Cole Kiersznowski, Anoop Manjunath and Kiran Sridhar

Congratulations to Kiran Sridhar who was awarded the 2019 Gates Cambridge Scholarship and the 2020 Schwarzman Scholarship at Tsinghua University in Beijing.