Economics Major and Minor

We are a vibrant community of students and faculty interested in understanding human behavior, social interactions, and economic performance through an economic lens. Our rigorous program grounds students in a range of theoretical approaches, equips them with the statistical tools used to test theories empirically, and provides a challenging as well as supportive atmosphere in which to develop their own original research.

Curriculum & Courses

We offer introductory and upper level courses in theory and in empirical methods as well as a number of electives that explore a variety of economic topics. Our faculty, who specialize in a wide array of fields and methodological approaches, are committed teachers, researchers, and mentors. In our small classes and research-heavy curriculum, they build strong relationships with students.

Majors and minors pursue a core course of study that includes classes in introductory (100- level) and intermediate theory (300-level), and introductory statistical methods (200-level). Two semesters of calculus are also required. In addition, majors will take more advanced econometric methods (300-level).

Our 200- and 300-level electives give students the opportunity to apply economic tools to particular topics such as labor markets, monetary policy, finance, and international trade. Not required but open to minors are our Junior Research Seminars, also developed around a specific economic topic or issue, they enable our students to develop their research skills in a small class setting with strong faculty support. Those skills are honed and put to use in our required Senior Research Seminar and senior thesis for majors.

The resources available to our students extend far beyond the classroom. They include accomplished alumni who continue to engage with the program, as well as a top-flight speaker series that brings students face-to-face with world-renowned economists and policy makers.

  • Major

    • MATH H118 or the equivalent of two semesters of college calculus
      • Majors must complete this requirement by the end of sophomore year.
    • ECON H104, ECON H105 or ECON H106
    • ECON H203 or ECON H204
    • ECON H300
    • ECON H302
    • ECON H304
    • ECON H396A and ECON H396B
    • FOUR other semester-long economics courses above the 100 level, including two 300-level courses, one of which must be a Junior Research Seminar (ECON H37X, H38X).

    • Majors are advised to take ECON H104, ECON H105 or ECON H106, ECON H203 or ECON H204, and one of the intermediate theory courses (ECON H300 or ECON H302) by the end of their sophomore year.
    • ECON H300 AND ECON H302 must be completed by the end of junior year.
    • ECON H304 and the Junior Research Seminar must be completed by the end of fall semester of senior year.
    • ECON H396A and ECON H396B are taken during the fall and spring, respectively, of senior year.
  • Minor

    • ECON H104, ECON H105 or ECON H106
    • ECON H203 or ECON H204
    • ECON H300 or ECON H302
    • Three other economics courses at the 200 and/or 300 levels.

Associated Programs and Concentrations

Research & Outreach

Each major produces an original independent research project over the course of their senior year. Work on the thesis proceeds through our Senior Research Seminar. In it, seniors cultivate their writing and data collection and management skills, while also developing their own research questions. The seminar also includes a series of presentations by visiting scholars followed by student critiques that sharpen critical analysis skills. By the end of the fall semester, students write and present their research proposals. During the spring semester, they develop their projects and write their theses under the guidance of a faculty advisor in one-on-one as well as group sessions.

After Graduation

Our majors graduate prepared to enter a variety of fields and pursue further study in economics and other areas. You will find Haverford econ majors in business, finance, government, nonprofit organizations, journalism, sports, and the academy—the diversity of their pursuits is inspiring. Their continuing involvement in our program both strengthens it and attests to the enduring impact that the major has had on their lives.

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