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Advising

Undergraduate Advisor for Economics:

Madhu Bhat
4-100A Hanson Hall
econadv@umn.edu

Advising appointments are made online.

Honors Representative for Economics:

David Rahman
4-127 Hanson Hall
dmr@umn.edu

Advising appointments can be scheduled for declaration of your major or minor, evaluation of transfer courses or study-abroad courses, and registration assistance. Independent study abroad forms are available through the advising office. Our advisors can also tell you about CLA Advising services and CLA Career Services.

Please note that walk-in advising appointments are not available.   Advising appointments must be schedule online.

Many questions and issues can be resolved via email. The advisors will make every effort to answer your question in a timely manner, but you should not put off your email question until the last minute. When sending an email be sure to include:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your student ID number
  • A brief explanation about your question or concern

Listserv Account for Economics Majors

The department has set up a listserv account for economics majors; the address is econ-maj@umn.edu. It is maintained by the economics undergraduate advisors. All economics majors are automatically members of this account. If you are an economics major and are not on this list, please let Madhu Bhat know and she can add your email. The department puts out information about special events, seminars, talks, internships, job opportunities, university or departmental policies relating to the economics major, and other pertinent information on this listserv. Students can also hold discussions with their peers about economics and related issues. All economics majors are responsible for information relayed to them via this listserv. If you use an email account that is different from your University x500 account, please make sure you forward all messages.

Course Prerequisites

The department requires that students complete the prerequisites successfully before taking a course. This applies especially to ECON 3101 and 3102, which are prerequisites for a large number of economics upper division courses. Instructors will ask students to drop courses if prerequisites have not been completed earlier.

Honors Thesis in Economics

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Students must be in the Honors program.
  2. An Honors thesis is to be undertaken by students who have completed at least four upper division economics courses, a writing intensive course in economics, and have (preferably) completed the two courses in the Statistics sequence and Econ 4261, the Econometrics course.
  3. University Honors Program Honors Thesis Requirements must be met; check at www.honors.umn.edu/latin-honors/thesis-guide/index.php

YOU MUST COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS TO REGISTER FOR AN HONORS THESIS IN ECONOMICS (ECON 4993 OR 4993V):

  1. Decide on the topic which you wish to study. Do background reading and check data availability.
  2. Contact Professor David Rahman (Dept. Honors Adviser).
  3. Consult him about your idea and ask if it is suitable. Decide on the final topic.
  4. Next, get a Student/Faculty contract form from the Undergraduate Adviser, Ms. Madhu Bhat, in room 4-100A Hanson Hall.
  5. You and Prof. Rahman (or the faculty you will work with) must fill out this form and sign it.
  6. Once the form has been completed, please take the form to Dr. Simran Sahi, Director of Undergraduate Studies, for her signature. You can either go to her office to get it signed; or drop it off for her at the main office front desk and collect the signed form the next day. After that, you can register for Econ 4993. personally at 49 Johnston Hall.
  7. The amount of work to be done depends on the number of credits for which you register. For a three credit study, you will need to put in as much effort as you would into an economics course. We expect a 20-30 page paper with economic analysis using data and statistical techniques. For a four credit thesis, the paper should be 40 pages. The paper must be written in the form of a standard.

Testing Out of Economics Courses

You can only test out of ECON 1101 and 1102 by taking the CLEP test for these classes. For information on testing, call 612-625-2008. You cannot test out of any other economics class.