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The Mathematics Economics concentration is designed to give a background in economic theory plus the mathematical tools needed to analyze and develop additional theoretical constructions. The emphasis is on the abstract theory itself. Students may choose either the standard or the professional track, both award a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Standard Mathematics-Economics Concentration 

ECON 1130Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical) 11
ECON 1210Intermediate Macroeconomics1
ECON 1630Econometrics I1
Two courses from the "mathematical-economics" group: 22
Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory
Advanced Macroeconomics: Monetary, Fiscal, and Stabilization Policies
Market Design: Theory and Applications
Bargaining Theory and Applications
Econometrics II
Financial Econometrics
Big Data
Investments II
Data, Statistics, Finance
Economics and Psychology
Behavioral Economics
Theory of Economic Growth
The Theory of General Equilibrium
Game Theory and Applications to Economics
One course from the "data methods" group: 21
Economics of Education I
Economics of Education: Research
Labor Economics
Health Economics
Urban Economics
Public Economics
Economic Development
The Economic Analysis of Institutions
Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries
Applied Research Methods for Economists
Econometrics II
Financial Econometrics
Data, Statistics, Finance
Finance, Regulation, and the Economy: Research
Two additional 1000-level economics courses2
Calculus: MATH 0180 or higher1
Linnear Algebra - one of the following:1
Linear Algebra
Honors Linear Algebra
Probability Theory - one of the following:1
Mathematical Statistics
Statistical Inference I
Analysis - one of the following:1
Analysis: Functions of One Variable
Functions of Several Variables
Functions Of Several Variables
Differential Equations - one of the following:1
Ordinary Differential Equations
Partial Differential Equations
One additional course from the Probability, Analysis, and Differential Equations courses listed above1
Total Credits14

Or ECON 1110 with permission.


No course may be "double-counted" to satisfy both the mathematical-economics and data methods requirement.

Honors and Capstone Requirement:

Admission to candidacy for honors in the concentration is granted on the following basis: 3.7 GPA for Economics courses, and 3.5 GPA overall.  To graduate with honors, a student must write an honors thesis in senior year following the procedures specified by the concentration (see Economics Department website).  Beginning with the class of 2016, students not writing an honors thesis must complete an alternative senior capstone project and obtain approval of a faculty sponsor. 

Professional Track 

The requirements for the professional track include all those of the standard track, as well as the following:

Students must complete two two-to-four month full-time professional experiences, doing work that is relevant to their concentration programs.  Such work is normally done within an industrial organization, but may also be at a university under the supervision of a faculty member.

On completion of each professional experience, the student must write and upload to ASK a reflective essay about the experience addressing the following prompts, to be approved by the student's concentration advisor:

  • Which courses were put to use in your summer's work? Which topics, in particular, were important?
  • In retrospect, which courses should you have taken before embarking on your summer experience? What are the topics from these courses that would have helped you over the summer if you had been more familiar with them?
  • Are there topics you should have been familiar with in preparation for your summer experience, but are not taught at Brown? What are these topics?
  • What did you learn from the experience that probably could not have been picked up from course work?
  • Is the sort of work you did over the summer something you would like to continue doing once you graduate? Explain.
  • Would you recommend your summer experience to other Brown students? Explain.