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Correlate Sequences in Economics

Students pursuing a correlate sequence in economics are required to complete a minimum of six units in economics, including either ECON 100 and ECON 101, or ECON 102; either ECON 200 or ECON 201; and at least one at the 300-level. At least four units must be taken at Vassar and a maximum of two may be taken using the NRO. Additional requirements for each of the options are detailed in Correlate Sequences in Economics, available in the department office and on the department website.

Correlate Sequence Courses

No more than two courses may be taken outside of Vassar, and only two courses in the correlate sequence may be taken NRO. Advanced Placement (AP) credits may not be used to satisfy the correlate requirement of six courses.

In choosing your courses, be sure to note the prerequisites of the 300-level courses you are considering. Many 300-level courses only require one of the intermediate theory courses (Economics 200 or Economics 201) so take special care to ensure that you choose properly.

To declare your correlate sequence, pick up a Declaration of Correlate Sequence Form from the Registrar's Office. Have both your major advisor and correlate sequence advisor sign the form and then return it to the Registrar's Office. In addition, please submit a typed list of your anticipated course work in your correlate sequence to Sue Conger in Blodgett Hall 129.

International Economics

Students electing the concentration in international economics must choose their six courses, including at least three numbered 248 or higher (including at least one at the 300-level) from the following list:

  • Economics 102: Introduction to Economics
  • Economics 200: Macroeconomic Theory
  • Economics 201: Microeconomic Theory
  • Economics 248: International Trade and the World Financial System
  • Economics 273: Development Economics
  • Economics 345: International Trade Theory and Policy
  • Economics 346: International Finance
  • Economics 367: Comparative Economics
  • Economics 374: Origins of the Global Economy
  • Economics 388: Latin American Economic Development

The concentration in international economics is coordinated by Paul Johnson.

Public Policy

The concentration in public policy enables students to apply economic analysis to government policies affecting individuals, firms, and markets. In addition to the requirements described above, a correlate sequence in public policy requires one course from Economics 200 and Economics 201 and three courses numbered 204 or higher (including at least one at the 300-level). Note that 201 is a prerequisite for most of the 300 level courses listed below.  Courses which can be used to satisfy the public policy concentration are listed below:

  • Economics 102: Introduction to Economics
  • Economics 200: Macroeconomic Theory
  • Economics 201: Microeconomic Theory
  • Economics 209: Probability and Statistics
  • Economics 210: Econometrics
  • Economics 215: The Science of Strategy
  • Economics 220: The Political Economy of Health Care
  • Economics 225: Financial Markets and Investments
  • Economics 238: Law and Economics
  • Economics 240: The U.S. Economy
  • Economics 261: Political Economy
  • Economics 267: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Economics 275: Money and Banking
  • Economics 320: Labor Economics
  • Economics 333: Behavioral Economics
  • Economics 342: Public Finance
  • Economics 355: Industrial Organization
  • Economics 383: History of Economic Thought
  • Economics 386: The Economics of Immigration

The concentration in public policy is coordinated by Mr. Rebeleina; Mr. Johnsonb.

Quantitative Economics

The correlate sequence in quantitative economics will emphasize mathematical and empirical approaches to economic analysis. Students pursuing this concentration will be required to elect their six courses (including at least one at the 300-level) from the following list:

  • Economics 102: Introduction to Economics
  • Economics 200: Macroeconomic Theory
  • Economics 201: Microeconomic Theory
  • Economics 209: Probability and Statistics
  • Economics 210: Econometrics
  • Economics 215: The Science of Strategy
  • Economics 225: Financial Markets and Investments
  • Economics 303: Advanced Topics in Microeconomics
  • Economics 304: Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics
  • Economics 310: Advanced Topics in Econometrics
  • Economics 389: Applied Financial Modeling

The concentration in quantitative economics is coordinated by Mr. Ruud.