Mathematical Economics Concentration

For students majoring in economics or math, Haverford offers a concentration in mathematical economics. One of only a handful of mathematical economics programs available at liberal arts colleges, our concentration is based at the intersection of math and economics. Unlike programs that expose economics majors to a handful of math classes and math majors to a handful of economics classes, ours integrates math and economics in a unified formal program.

For our concentrators, that means a broadened set of tools and techniques as well as the capacity to engage problems and questions in the social sciences at a more sophisticated level. Our integrated curriculum also positions both majors especially well for admission to the top graduate programs in economics as well as for careers in business, finance, and public policy.

Curriculum & Courses

The program’s rich academic environment is enhanced by faculty from both departments, students with a range of interests and backgrounds, and a speaker series that brings students face-to-face with eminent researchers and practitioners whose work spans economics and math.

Concentrators pursue coursework that grounds them in math or economics (whichever subject is not their major) and enables them to see and explore the points of interaction between both disciplines.

Math majors pursuing the concentration must take four economics courses: Introduction to Economics or Introduction to Economics with Calculus; Economic Statistics with Calculus or an applied statistics course in economics or math; Intermediate Microeconomics; and an additional economics elective at the 200-level or above. Concentrators must also take two math electives on topics applicable to economics.

Economics majors in the concentration must take four math courses: Multivariable Calculus or Advanced Calculus; Linear Algebra; Analysis I, and an additional math elective. Also required are two economics electives that involve significant applications of mathematical methods.

  • Concentration

    Students enrolling in the Area of Concentration in Mathematical Economics must major in either mathematics or economics.

    For students majoring in mathematics, the Concentration requires six courses:

    • ECON 204 (Economic Statistics with Calculus) or MATH 203 (Statistical Methods and Their Applications), or any applied statistics course at a higher level offered by the economics or mathematics department.
    • ECON 300 (Intermediate Microeconomics)
    • Two electives in economics from the list of approved courses below.
    • Two electives in mathematics from the list of approved courses below.   (These courses may also be used to fulfill the requirements of the mathematics major.)

    For students majoring in economics, the Concentration requires six courses:

    • Three required mathematics courses:
      • MATH 121 (Multivariable Calculus) or MATH 216 (Advanced Calculus)
      • MATH 215 (Linear Algebra)
      • MATH 317 (Analysis I)
    • One elective in mathematics from the list of approved courses.
    • Two electives in economics from the list of approved courses. (These courses may also be used to fulfill the requirements of the economics major.)

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