Undergraduate

Economics is one of the most popular concentrations at Brown. It is much broader in scope than many people realize. You can take classes about race, mass media, global warming, internet marketplaces, game theory, finance, big data, …the list goes on. Economics provides tools for understanding important public policy issues like inequality, poverty, education, health, unemployment, taxes, and globalization.  About half of Brown students take some economics during their undergraduate careers. 

Most students begin their study of economics by taking ECON 0110, Principles of Economics, which is offered every semester. After a set of intermediate tools courses, the discipline divides into various subfields. To learn which might be the best match for your interests, read about fields and their courses. Students are free to take classes in the order they wish, but here are some recommended paths through the curriculum for concentrators  

There are several Economics Concentrations to choose from. In addition to the regular concentration, with its optional business track, we offer joint concentrations with Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, and Mathematics. The first step to declaring a concentration is to visit a concentration advisor during their office hours. You must meet with an advisor before your concentration declaration will be approved on ASK. 

It’s important to us that all students to feel at home in the department and get the support they need.  General questions about concentration requirements, the process of declaring your concentration, transfer creditshonorsCPT, etc. can be answered by the Economics Program Advisor Angelica Spertini.  Peer advisors are available to offer insight into course selection, study abroad, internships, working as a TA or RA, etc.  

Economics concentrators take a variety of paths after Brown, including getting a PhD in Economics.

Stay connected by signing up for the Econ DUG (Department Undergraduate Group) mailing list here. The DUG shares information, publicizes opportunities, and builds community by hosting events, panels, and gatherings throughout the year. Another way to stay connected is through the the Brown Department of Economics Facebook Page