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Undergraduate Overview

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.
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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 2018-19

Autumn quarter 2018-19:

Econ Peer Advisers Autumn Office Hours

Winter quarter 2018-19:

Econ 106 application due Friday, December 7, 2018

Econ 10 application due Friday, December 14, 2018

Econ 184 application due Wednesday, December 19, 2018








Have A Question?

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

Professor Kyle Bagwell, Econ Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) at

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.

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