At least one of the Intermediate Theory courses must be completed by the end of the junior year.
There is a one-semester calculus co-requisite to be completed before taking either Intermediate Theory course: MT102 [preferred], MT100 or advanced placement. Students considering graduate work in economics or related disciplines should take additional mathematics courses.
Students should consider the following recommendations about course sequencing before declaring the minor. Students generally take EC131 before EC132, although EC132 may be taken first. Normally, students will have completed both Principles courses before taking either Intermediate Theory course, although we will allow students who have finished one Principles course to take the associated Intermediate Theory course concurrently with the second Principles course. For example, a student who has completed EC131 may take EC201 concurrently with EC132. Students should complete at least one Intermediate Theory course before beginning the electives, although we recognize that scheduling constraints may make this difficult. Students who need to take an elective before completing an Intermediate Theory course should register for a 200-level elective that has only Principles as a prerequisite. It is also possible, with permission of the professor, to take a 300-level elective concurrently with its Intermediate Theory prerequisite.
General Department policy is that students take at least five of the seven courses for the minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Those who enter the University as freshmen are expected to take at least two of the three introductory courses, both Theory courses, and at least one of the two electives in the College of Arts and Sciences. The remaining courses may, subject to Departmental approval of the specific course, be taken:
The Department recognizes advanced placement based on AP, IB or similar coursework for Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Economic Statistics. Please consult the Boston College Bulletin or the University's web site for information on policies and qualifying scores. Students who have earned advanced placement are not required to take the corresponding Boston College course (EC131, EC132, or EC151). However, they are still required to complete seven courses for the major by taking additional elective courses.
The policies for study abroad are the same for the minor as for the major, except that minors may take only one of the two electives abroad. Economics minors must contact the Office of International Programs to apply for study abroad and to plan their semester or year abroad.