An understanding of economics can help foster intelligent citizenship. Policy makers in business, government, and the nonprofit sector frequently evaluate complex economic issues. The goal of the economics curriculum is to educate students, both majors and nonmajors, about the ideas of economics and how they apply to today's world.

Major Requirements (Class of 2024 and Earlier)


Students graduating in 2025 or later, please see the Information for Prospective Majors for appropriate major requirements.


1) ECON 101 & 102, MATH 101 & STAT 204 are required in preparation for the core courses in the major.

2) ECON 201, 202, and 333 are the core of the economics major. All three of these courses must be taken at Sewanee, and both ECON 201 & 202 must be completed prior to senior year while ECON 333 is to be completed in the fall of the senior year.

3) Three 300-level electives in economics.

4) ECON 410: Research Seminar is taken in the spring semester of the senior year. This course, which fulfills the general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major, allows students to investigate a research topic of their choosing through study of literature and collection and analysis of data. 


Students planning to study abroad should consult the off-campus study section of the economics department website. Most basic questions concerning departmental study-abroad requirements are answered there. Students should then consult with the department chair concerning the acceptability of particular courses for the major.  


Because of the numerous, vital, and constantly developing interconnections between economics and other social sciences, economics majors are urged to take as many courses as possible in related disciplines such as anthropology, history, politics, psychology, and sociology.  


The Economics Major is designated as STEM (CIP Code 45.0603)


Pass/Fail Grading Option

Pass/fail grading may not be elected for courses applied toward the major.