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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 1630Mathematical Econometrics I1
Two courses from the "mathematical-economics" group: 22
Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory
Advanced Macroeconomics: Monetary, Fiscal, and Stabilization Policies
Unemployment: Models and Policies
Bargaining Theory and Applications
Designing Internet Marketplaces
Topics in Macroeconomics, Development and International Economics
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
Advanced Topics in Econometrics
Machine Learning, Text Analysis, and Economics
Investments II
Economics in the Laboratory
Theory of 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
Labor Economics
Health, Education, and Social Policy
Economics of Global Warming
Environmental Issues in Development Economics
Health Economics
Inequality of Opportunity in the US
The Economics of Mass Media
The Economics of Social Policy
Public Economics
Economic Development
Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries
Applied Research Methods for Economists
Mathematical Econometrics II
Big Data
Advanced Topics in Econometrics
Machine Learning, Text Analysis, and Economics
Behavioral Economics and Public Policy
Behavioral Finance
Two additional 1000-level economics courses 32
Calculus: MATH 0180 or higher1
Linear 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 4
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


Students who meet stated requirements are eligible to write an honors thesis in their senior year. Students should consult the listed honors requirements of whichever of the two departments their primary thesis advisor belongs to, at the respective departments' websites.

Professional Track: 

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

Students must complete full-time professional experiences doing work that is related to their concentration programs, totalling 2-6 months, whereby each internship must be at least one month in duration in cases where students choose to do more than one internship experience. Such work is normally done at a company, but may also be at a university under the supervision of a faculty member. Internships that take place between the end of the fall and the start of the spring semesters cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. 

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.