Economics and Mathematics (BA)
Program Description
The Department of Economics prepares students to understand individual and group decision-making, the structure of markets and economies, and the relationship between regions within the global economy. Although the department is large, its students enjoy an excellent student-faculty rapport. Many of the faculty members are associated with distinguished research institutions. By being able to study with faculty who are actively engaged in research, students learn not only about the fundamentals of economic theory but also how such theory is utilized. They have the opportunity to conduct research on their own. Honors students are required to write an honors thesis under direct faculty supervision.
Students majoring in economics have many options open to them after graduation. The major prepares them for graduate school in economics, business management, or public administration. Preprofessional students will find that an economics major not only fosters the discipline medical or law school demands, but provides a solid foundation for these and other careers. Employers and professional schools appreciate the skills acquired by economics students and hire economics majors because they can think quantitatively, qualitatively, and analytically. Studying economics at New York University is especially rewarding because of its urban environment. Students often find career opportunities on Wall Street, at the United Nations, or in various corporate, financial, governmental, agency, and nonprofit institutional settings.
Honors Program in Economics and Mathematics
Honors students are required to take twenty courses (80 credits). A 3.65 overall GPA and a 3.65 average in economics and mathematics courses are required. Honors students must participate in a year-long research program in their senior year and write a thesis under faculty supervision. Note that students may satisfy their research requirement with either the economics honors sequence (ECON-UA 410 and 450), mathematics Independent Study (MATH-UA 997 and 998), or the SURE or AM-SURE program in the Department of Mathematics.
Interested students must consult with the directors of undergraduate studies in both departments for advisement and for permission to enter the honors program. Ideally, students should speak to the Departments of Economics and Mathematics early in their sophomore year to begin planning for honors. Note that students may satisfy their research requirement with either the economics honors sequence (ECON-UA 410 Honors Tutorial and ECON-UA 450 Honors Thesis I), mathematics Independent Study (MATH-UA 997 Independent Study and MATH-UA 998 ), or the SURE or AM-SURE program in the Department of Mathematics.
Course | Title | Credits |
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Economics Requirements | ||
ECON-UA 1 | Introduction to Macroeconomics | 4 |
ECON-UA 2 | Introduction to Microeconomics | 4 |
ECON-UA 11 | Microeconomic Analysis | 4 |
ECON-UA 13 | Macroeconomic Analysis | 4 |
ECON-UA 20 | Analytical Statistics ^{1} | 4 |
ECON-UA 266 | Intro to Econometrics | 4 |
Select three economics electives ^{2} | 12 | |
ECON-UA 410 | Honors Tutorial | 4 |
ECON-UA 450 | Honors Thesis I ^{3} | 4 |
Mathematics Requirements | ||
MATH-UA 131 | Mathematics for Economics I | 4 |
or MATH-UA 121 | Calculus I | |
MATH-UA 132 | Mathematics for Economics II | 4 |
or MATH-UA 122 | Calculus II | |
MATH-UA 133 | Mathematics for Economics III | 4 |
or MATH-UA 123 | Calculus III | |
or MATH-UA 129 | Honors Calculus III | |
MATH-UA 140 | Linear Algebra | 4 |
or MATH-UA 148 | Honors Linear Algebra | |
MATH-UA 328 | Honors Analysis I | 4 |
Select two electives from the following: | 8 | |
Honors Theory of Probability (if not taken in the honors elective category below) | ||
or MATH-UA 233 | Theory of Probability | |
Mathematical Statistics ^{4} | ||
Probability & Statistics ^{4} | ||
Combinatorics | ||
Theory of Numbers | ||
Mathematics of Finance | ||
Intro to Math Modeling | ||
Numerical Analysis | ||
Linear and Nonlinear Optimization | ||
Honors Ordinary Differential Equations (if not taken in the honors elective category below) | ||
or MATH-UA 262 | Ordinary Diff Equations | |
Partial Diff Equations | ||
Chaos & Dynamical Systems | ||
Functions of a Complex Variable | ||
Honors Analysis II | ||
Algebra | ||
or MATH-UA 348 | Honors Algebra I | |
Honors Algebra II | ||
Topology | ||
Differential Geometry | ||
MATH-UA 393 | ||
MATH-UA 394 | ||
MATH-UA 397 | ||
or MATH-UA 398 | ||
Honors Electives | ||
Select two honors electives from the following: | 8 | |
Honors Theory of Probability | ||
Honors Ordinary Differential Equations | ||
Honors Analysis II | ||
Honors Algebra I | ||
or MATH-UA 349 | Honors Algebra II | |
MATH-UA 393 | ||
or MATH-UA 394 | ||
or MATH-UA 397 | ||
or MATH-UA 398 | ||
Total Credits | 80 |
- ^{ 1 }
If not taking MATH-UA 234 Mathematical Statistics
- ^{ 2 }
At least two must be theory electives numbered ECON-UA 300-399. Note that students who take MATH-UA 234 Mathematical Statistics instead of ECON-UA 20 Analytical Statistics for the statistics requirement must take a total of four ECON-UA electives.
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Alternates: Independent Study (MATH-UA 997 and 998), or the SURE or AM-SURE programs in the Department of Mathematics.
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Note that if MATH-UA 235 is taken, then MATH-UA 233 or MATH-UA 238 and/or MATH-UA 234 may not be counted toward the major requirements; also note that if MATH-UA 233 or MATH-UA 238 and/or 234 is taken, then MATH-UA 235 may not be counted toward the major requirements.
Admissions
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