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How do I make an appointment with an advisor?
You may schedule an appointment with an Economics Advisor using the Advising Appointment System. You are not assigned to a specific advisor. You may schedule an appointment with any of the three advisors. You may email general advising questions to email@example.com.
How do I change my primary major to Economics?
If you have fewer than 56 credits, go to your UUD office to change your primary major. Click here to find UUD office locations. You are also encouraged to schedule an appointment with an Economics advisor to review the major requirements and plan your schedule.
If you have 56 or more credits, you are encouraged to meet with an Economics advisor to change your primary major to Economics. You may also go to 201 Berkey Hall to fill out a change of major form, or send an email from your MSU account to Academic.Affairs@ssc.msu.edu. Be sure to include your full name, PID, current major and college, new major, and type of degree, e.g., B.A. or B.S.
Junior and Senior students whose GPA is below 2.0 must get approval from one of the Directors in the Student Affairs Office before changing their major. Call 355-6676 to schedule an appointment.
What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Economics?
Both Economics degrees at MSU have the same major requirements. The 30 credits of College requirements mark the distinction in the two degrees. The Bachelor of Science requires 15 credits of Natural Science, including mandatory math through MTH 133 (Calculus II), with fewer Social Science and Arts and Letters credits. Note that most B.S. students complete MTH 234 (Multivariable Calculus), the recommended background for the required statistics course. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires more Social Science and Arts & Letters credits, with math through MTH 124 (Survey of Calculus).
How do I add an Economics minor, additional major, or 2nd degree?
You are encouraged to make an appointment with an Economics advisor to add an Economics minor, additional major, or 2nd degree. An advisor can explain the differences among these options and how they fit into your remaining time at MSU. You may also go to 201 Berkey Hall to fill out a form, or send an email from your MSU account to Academic.Affairs@ssc.msu.edu. Be sure to include your full name, PID, current major and college, add request, e.g., minor, additional major, etc., and type of degree, e.g., B.A. or B.S., if applicable.
What are the requirements for an Economics major, minor, or 2nd degree?
Primary major requirements can be found on the department website and in the academic programs catalog. Additional majors are required to complete the same Economics courses as primary majors, but are not held to the College requirements. Second degree candidates must complete at least 150 total credits and the same College and Economics requirements as primary majors. Minor requirements can be found in the academic programs catalog.
Students in all EC programs are encouraged to meet with an advisor to review requirements specific to their circumstances. You may also email general questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to apply for graduation
Yes. All MSU students need to submit an application for graduation. Apply no later than the end of the first week of the semester you expect to complete your degree requirements. This will assure the listing of your name in the commencement program. Summer degree candidates should submit an application before the end of the first week of Spring semester.
Can I get an override into an EC course that is full?
No. The Department of Economics does not provide overrides into full courses or for missing prerequisites. For full courses, we suggest you monitor the system and sign up for a text and/or email alert through Schedule of Courses to be notified when a space becomes available.
Can I get a prerequisite waived or take a prerequisite and the course which requires it at the same time, e.g., can I take 420 and 499 concurrently?
No. Prerequisites are strictly adhered to and must be successfully completed before the subsequent course can be taken.
How can I request an override?
If you need to request an override for a reason other than an enrollment limit or to waive a prerequisite, fill out the Override Request Form on the department website.
How can I add an EC course after the open add period?
You may approach a professor with a request to late add a course. You must have a late add form, available in 110 Marshall-Adams Hall, which requires the faculty signature if he/she agrees to allow you to add the course. After obtaining the signature, return the form to 110 Marshall-Adams Hall where the request will be reviewed and processed if you are eligible for the course.
Can I transfer courses from a community college?
Students with fewer than 56 credits may transfer courses from a community college for credit, until 56 total credits are earned.
Students with at least 56 credits may use a community college course to meet University or College requirements, but no credit will be awarded. If a student repeats an MSU course at a community college after 56 credits, the new course will be posted to the record as a repeat BUT it will not change the grade of the initial enrollment at MSU and no additional credit will be earned.
How can I find out if a course at another college/university will transfer to MSU?
Courses that have been evaluated for transfer to MSU can be found on Transfer MSU. If a course is not listed, contact the appropriate department for a transfer course evaluation form. Click here for an Economics transfer course evaluation form.
For complex transfer credit issues, you should meet with an advisor before you enroll in a course at another institution in order to verify if and how courses may fit into your degree program.
How can I find extra help for an EC course?
In addition to professor and TA office hours for all EC courses, there is an economics help room in the main library for select EC courses. Specific hours and courses each semester can be found at http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/econhelp. In addition, the department provides a list of EC seniors willing to offer tutoring services. Please note this list is NOT department approved and all arrangements are made between the tutor and requesting student. To obtain the current list of tutors, go to the department office at 110 Marshall-Adams or contact an advisor.
Where can I get help for personal problems affecting my academics?
The MSU Counseling Center has counselors to help students deal with a variety of life issues.
Graduate School & Careers
What courses will best prepare me for graduate school in economics?
Graduate study in economics requires strong skills in mathematics and statistics. Math requirements for most programs are calculus (MTH 132, 133, 234), and linear algebra (MTH 309). Top applicants also take analysis (MTH 320). We also recommend some advanced statistics and econometrics (EC 420, 421). Also, because graduate study in economics involves research, our EC 499 class with its opportunity to write a research paper, is excellent preparation.
Can I ask a professor for a recommendation?
Yes. Please make your request in writing (email is acceptable) and allow a minimum of 2 weeks prior to a deadline. Provide the professor with all relevant information, including the school or company requesting the recommendation and how/where to send it. If the recommendation is to be mailed, please provide all mailing materials. Students should request recommendations from professors in whose classes they performed well and with whom they had some interaction.
What kinds of jobs can I get with an Economics degree?
One of the most beneficial things about an MSU Economics degree is that the analytical skills acquired in our program are valued in a variety of fields. Most of our students choose to pursue business careers after graduation. Other popular areas include public policy/government and consulting. Many Economics majors continue their education in PhD programs, law school, and business school. Recent reports from law and business schools show that Economics majors outperform most applicants on LSAT and GMAT exams.
How can I find an internship?
The College of Social Science has its own internship coordinator to assist with your search strategies. Email Erin Smith to schedule an appointment. Erin can also help determine whether an internship qualifies for academic credit. You should also meet with an Economics advisor to discuss how internship credits can be applied to your degree program.
Register with MySpartanCareer. This website lists on- and off-campus jobs and internships for students and recent graduates. Internships @ State and the Career Services Network also list multiple resources for finding an internship. The Career Services Network provides individual career advising as well.
What is the difference between the research-oriented sections and other sections of EC 499?
The research-oriented sections are intended for students who did well in EC 420. These sections will rely more heavily on econometric techniques to complete a research paper.
Can I take graduate-level EC courses as an undergraduate?
Yes. It is most often available to students in the Honors College who have exceptionally strong backgrounds deemed sufficient for success in the course(s). Interested students should meet with the instructor regarding readiness and obtain written permission on an override form. Return the form to the Economics Department in 110 Marshall-Adams. The department chairperson will review the request, and students will be notified of the decision.
Independent Studies, Undergraduate Research, Assistantships, Etc.
What is an undergraduate assistantship and how can I apply?
Undergraduate Assistantships are paid positions in which students generally assist with EC 201 and 202. The opportunity is open to all undergraduate students. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria by the end of the Spring semester prior to the academic year for which they are applying:
- Earned a minimum of 56 credits
- Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA AND 3.25 EC GPA
- Completed EC 201 and EC 301 or 251H, and EC 202 or 252H
- Be available for an interview (generally in April)
The application is sent to EC majors during the Spring semester each year. Applications are also available in 110 Marshall-Adams. Applications are generally due in March of each year.
Can I do an independent study and/or undergraduate research with a professor?
Yes, although this is not common practice. This requires initiative on your part to seek out a professor whose research interests may parallel your own and to inquire whether an opportunity exists for your participation. Most successful students approach a professor with a well-developed research idea and proposal. You may learn more about our faculty areas of interest by visiting the department website. Following an agreement with a professor, students should meet with an advisor to discuss whether the experience might qualify for credit as an independent study.