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 1130||Intermediate Microeconomics (Mathematical) 1||1|
|ECON 1210||Intermediate Macroeconomics||1|
|ECON 1630||Mathematical Econometrics I||1|
|Two courses from the "mathematical-economics" group: 2||2|
|Welfare Economics and Social Choice Theory|
|Advanced Macroeconomics: Monetary, Fiscal, and Stabilization Policies|
|Bargaining Theory and Applications|
|Designing Internet Marketplaces|
|Mathematical Econometrics II|
|Advanced Topics in Econometrics|
|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: 2||1|
|Economics of Education I|
|Economics of Education: Research|
|Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries|
|Applied Research Methods for Economists|
|Mathematical Econometrics II|
|Two additional 1000-level economics courses 3||2|
|Calculus: MATH 0180 or higher||1|
|Linnear Algebra - one of the following:||1|
|Honors Linear Algebra|
|Probability Theory - one of the following:||1|
|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 above||1|
Or ECON 1110 with permission.
No course may be "double-counted" to satisfy both the mathematical-economics and data methods requirement.
Students may use either ECON 1070 or ECON 1090 toward the concentration, but not both. Note that ECON 1620, ECON 1960, and ECON 1970 (independent study) cannot be used for concentration credit. However, ECON 1620 and ECON1960 can be used for university credit and up to two 1970s may be used for university credit.
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).
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.