Modified Major

Modified major in economics

You may pursue a modified major if you have a definite interest in economics and would like to study a specific problem or topic that spans economics and a related field.

The modified major in economics is identical to the minor, except that it also requires you complete four major-level courses in another department or program.

The ten courses that comprise the modified major must form a unified, coherent whole. If you plan to pursue a modified major, you must prepare a written statement for the Registrar explaining the rationale for your planned course of study. Your major card and justification also must be approved by the vice chair of the Department of Economics.

If all of the four additional courses are in one department—such as mathematics—and that department allows it, you may obtain a major in economics modified with mathematics.

If the four additional courses are in multiple departments, or one department—such as government—that does not allow modifications, the major is simply economics modified.

The modified major in economics is identical to the minor, except that it also requires four major-level courses in another department or program. It is intended to fit the needs of students who have a definite interest in economics but are interested also in studying some specific problem or topic that falls partly in the field of economics and partly in a related field. The ten courses that make up the modified major must form a unified, coherent whole, and not consist of a series of unrelated courses. A student planning a modified major must prepare a written statement for the registrar explaining the rationale for the planned courses. Each student’s major card and justification first must be approved by Andrew Samwick and the Vice Chair (Bruce Sacerdote).

GUIDELINES:

1. The Modified Major is intended to fit the needs of students who have a definite interest in the major department/program but are also interested in some specific problem or topic, the study of which depends on courses in related fields.

The first part of your proposal must therefore identify the specific problem or topic that you wish to study and justify why its study depends on courses in related fields.

2. It (all 10 courses of the Modified Major) should be planned as a unified, coherent whole, and not consist of a series of unrelated courses.

The second part of your proposal must therefore explain how the 4 courses outside of economics support the learning that you will do in the 6 courses in economics, as they pertain to the specific problem or topic that you wish to study. Since Econ 20-21-22 aren't field specific, you can focus on the 3 economics courses numbered above 23 in this part of the proposal.

Within the Economics Department, there is a presumption that the 4 courses outside of economics should be comparable to economics courses numbered 24-39 in their level of analytical rigor. So as you write the second part of your proposal, you should be comparing the way the 4 courses outside of economics enable you to study the specific problem or topic relative to the most suitable 3 courses inside of economics that are not already part of the major. 

When you have a draft of the proposal, you should send it to Professor Samwick (andrew.samwick@dartmouth.edu) for comments. You should expect to revise the proposal in light of those comments. If Professor Samwick approves the proposal, he will forward the proposal to Professor Sacerdote (bruce.sacerdote@dartmouth.edu) to sign your major card.

Another major modified with economics

Econ 1 and Econ 10, with an average grade no lower than C, and Math 3. A student who fails to achieve the minimum grade average for the prerequisites may, with the permission of the vice chair, substitute grades in Econ 21 and Econ 20 for those in Econ 1 and Econ 10, respectively. Another statistics course may be substituted for Econ 10.

This should be a unified, coherent program of at least four courses in economics in addition to the prerequisites, with a GPA of no less than 2.0. The four courses must either: contain both Econ 21 and Econ 22, or contain a sequence of at least 2 courses and one of either Econ 21 or Econ 22.

If a sequence contains a 40 level or an 80 level then Econ 20 is also required.