A PhD in Economics can prepare one for a career in academia, the government, think tanks, finance or industry. Admissions to PhD programs (especially the top programs) are very competitive and we advise you to be well-prepared. If you think you might be interested in a PhD, please speak with your advisor or another faculty member about it.
Courses to take:
Take many upper level undergraduate courses in order to decide whether a career in economics interests you and help you obtain an early foundation for graduate study.
Take at least one seminar and write an honors thesis.
Become a research assistant (RA) to faculty member in the department. You might also consider working as a full time RA after graduation for economic faculty at other universities. This will not only give you broader exposure to current research in Economics, but will also likely strengthen your application to graduate school.
Build your background in math and statistics. Specifically, you should consider taking courses in advanced calculus, linear algebra and real analysis. You can take these as part of the APMA-Econ or Math-Econ concentrations or simply take these courses in addition to your Economics concentration.
You might also consider taking ECON 1940 (Current Economics Research: Undergraduate Seminar). This course does not meet the Economics concentration requirement as a 1000-level course but will expose you to research by department faculty to gain a greater understanding of current research in economics.