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Section 4: Degree Declaration


The declaration of a major, minor, additional major or dual degree is an important process in your academic career. It is the result of an intellectual and personal inventory of interests, skills, and goals. During your first terms at Carnegie Mellon, take the time to investigate the different academic programs and degrees offered by the university. Seek out information from your classmates, older students, faculty, and staff; they are valuable resources.

The Undergraduate Economics Program at Carnegie Mellon offers four different undergraduate major degree programs, as well as a minor and an additional major. To determine which degree you should pursue, set up a meeting with Dr. Goldburg or Ms. Conway to discuss your interests and skills.

4.1 Declaring Economics as a Primary Major

4.1.1 The Declaration Process for an Undeclared Dietrich College Student

Before you begin the formal process of declaring Economics as a major, you should discuss your academic, intellectual, and post-undergraduate goals and interests with Dr. Goldburg or Ms. Conway and your AAC Academic Advisor. Please use the online appointment scheduler to set up appointment.  

Once you decide that you want to major in Economics:

1.      Meet with your AAC Academic Advisor and complete the DC Declaration of Major Form.

2.      Set up a meeting with the Undergraduate Economics Program’s Academic Advisor. Make sure to take the Declaration of Major form with you to this meeting. During this meeting you will complete the Undergraduate Economics Proposal of Study” worksheet which will help serve as a template for your career at Carnegie Mellon. Count on spending 30 minutes in this meeting. Be certain to have the Undergraduate Economic Program’s  Academic Advisor sign your Declaration of Major form.

3.      Return the completed Declaration of Major form to the AAC.

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4.1.2 The Declaration Process for a Student Switching Majors    

Before you begin the formal process of switching majors to Economics, you should meet with your current departmental/program Academic Advisor and either Dr. Goldburg or Ms. Conway to discuss your academic, intellectual, and post-undergraduate goals and interests. Please use the online appointment scheduler to set up appointment.  

Once you decide that you want to major in Economics:

1.      If you are enrolled in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, you need to meet with the Undergraduate Economics Program’s Academic Advisor to complete the “Undergraduate Economics Proposal of Study” worksheet which will help serve as a template for your career at Carnegie Mellon. Count on spending 20-40 minutes in this meeting. Your major affiliation will be switched at this time.

2.      If you are not enrolled in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, you need to make an appointment with the DC Academic Advisory Center to inquire about switching colleges and becoming an Economics major. Before meeting with a DC Academic Advisor, you should read the Internal Transfer Guidelines and fill out an Internal Transfer Application.

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4.2 Declaring Economics and Mathematical Sciences as a Primary Major

The B.S. in Economics and Mathematical Sciences and the B.S. in Mathematical Sciences and Economics degree programs are aimed at the academically strong students who are interested in an in-depth study program of economic, statistical, and mathematical theories. The curricula for these two majors are identical; what differs between the two of them is the general education requirements tied to the home colleges, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) and Mellon College of Science (MCS).

This program is currently capped at six students per year; therefore, admission is based on academic performance. Particular attention is paid to:

1.      Performance in key courses such as “Integration, Differential Equations, and Approximation” (21-122), “Concepts of Mathematics” (21-127), “Advanced Microeconomics Analysis” (73-252), and “Advanced Macroeconomics Analysis” (73-253);

2.      Interview with Dr. Carol B. Goldburg and/or Prof. John Mackey.

To fill out an application, please visit the Economics and Mathematical Sciences Application website, log in and fill out the online application form. The online application can be found in the Documents and Forms section of the Undergraduate Economics Program website. Please use the online appointment scheduler to set up appointment.  

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4.3 Declaring Economics and Statistics as a Primary Major

Before beginning the formal process of declaring a major, students are encouraged to meet with Dr. Goldburg and Ms. Conway to discuss their academic interests and strengths and the best fit in terms of curriculum and future goals. Please use the online appointment scheduler to set up appointment.   It is recommended that students first declare as Economics students, and then upon successful completion of "Introduction to Probability Theory (36-225) have the major switched to Economics and Statistics.

Profs. Rebecca Nugent and Cosma Shalizi Meyer are the "advisors of record" for the Economics & Statistics majors.  Nevertheless, Dr. Goldburg and Ms. Conway provide significant guidance to those students whose interests lie heavily on the economics side of the degree.

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4.4 Declaring Economics as a Dual Degree, an Additional Major, or a Minor

The Undergraduate Economics Program offers to non-primary Economics majors the opportunity to increase both, the breadth and depth of their Carnegie Mellon studies through the additional major, minor, and dual degree curricula. Students interested in pursuing one of these degrees should set up an appointment with Dr. Goldburg to discuss their plans and to begin the application process. Please use the online appointment scheduler to set up appointment.  

Once you decide that you want to pursue an Additional Major in Economics or a Minor in Economics, you should submit the online Application for the Additional Major in Economics or the online Application for the Minor in Economics. Both online applications can be found in the Documents and Forms section of the Undergraduate Economics Program website. You will need your Andrew id and password to log in.

Students who take economics courses as part of their major/minor curricula may need to take additional courses so that double counting of courses does not occur.    Careful planning is needed because there are many sequenced core courses.

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(Updated: 10 July 2013)

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