Combined Major

Economics-Mathematics Major

Total credit requirements for an Economics-Mathematics major: 49 (27 credits in Economics and 22 credits in Mathematics)

  • Required Economics Courses
    • Economics 100 or 101, 102, 307, 308, 327, and 428
    • One additional course in Economics (letter graded)
  • Required Mathematics Courses
    • Mathematics 225, 240, 244, 247, 248, and 349
    • Three additional credits in Mathematics and Statistics at the 200-level or above
  • Senior Requirements
    • Senior assessment
      • Written exam in Mathematics
      • Major Field Test (MFT; only offered in the spring) in Economics
      • Combined oral exam scheduled by the Economics department
  • Honors
    • Students submit an “Honors in Major Study” application to their department.
    • Students must submit a proposal for their thesis or project within the first six weeks of the two-semester period in which they are eligible.
    • Accumulated at least 87 credits
    • Completed two semesters of residency at Whitman
    • Major GPA of at least 3.500
    • Complete a written thesis or research project prepared exclusively for the satisfaction of this program.
    • Earn a grade of at least A- on the honors thesis or project and the honors thesis course.
    • Pass the senior assessment with distinction.
    • The department will submit the honors applications to the Registrar’s Office of students pursuing honors by the specified deadline.
    • The department will submit the “Senior Assessment/Major Study Certificate” to the Registrar’s Office no later than Reading Day.
    • An acceptable digital copy of the honors thesis must be submitted to Penrose Library no later than Reading Day.
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  • Notes
    • For Economics 327, Economics 227 or Mathematics 128 or 247 are a prerequisite; Economics 227 and Mathematics 128 do not count toward major requirements.
    • Students with a score of 5 on the Principles of Microeconomics AP test will receive four credits for Economics 101.
    • Students with a score of 5 on the Principles of Macroeconomics AP test will receive four credits for Economics 102.
    • Students with a score of 6 or higher on the higher level IB Economics test will receive a total of eight credits for Economics 101 and 102.
    • Courses taken P-D-F (including Economics 493 and 494) and Economics 498 may not be used to meet the credit requirement.
Total Credits