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The Economics Majors

The detailed requirements for all our majors and the minor can found in the Northeastern University Undergraduate Catalog.


The Economics Majors

The Department of Economics offers two traditional economics degrees. The B.A. degree in economics is broadly-based in the liberal arts. It incorporates the core of the economics discipline with the liberal arts, including a foreign language. The B.S. degree is somewhat more focused on the field of economics as an applied field of study. Both are excellent preparation for graduate work in law, business and public policy and for obtaining employment upon graduation. When completed in conjunction with a minor in mathematics both traditional majors provide students with a fine preparation for graduate work in economics.

Both the B.S. and the B.A. dergrees in economics are STEM certified covering a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. The IPEDS classification:  Detail for CIP Code 45.0603    Title: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.

For those interested in eventually earning a Ph.D. in economics, a double major in economics and mathematics or the combined economics-mathematics B.S. degree offered in conjunction with the Department of Mathematics would be excellent preparation.

Combined Majors

The department offers eleven combined degrees that blend the subject of economics with another complementary discipline. The number of combined majors that are offered is growing. The degrees currently offered are:

For a list of updates for the 2020-2021 academic year,  please visit:

Updates and Additions for the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Curriculum

Completing a combined major takes no longer than completing a traditional major, with the advantage of having a broad knowledge of two complementary disciplines rather than one.

View the Undergraduate Catalog for the requirements of each combined major.

Please click here to view learning outcomes.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics Major

The PPE major is an interdisciplinary degree that provides students with the analytic tools from the disciplines of political science, economics and philosophy, and also teaches students to make connections across disciplines and to keep multiple perspectives in mind when analyzing complex social phenomena.

For more information about the PPE degree, please visit  https://cssh.northeastern.edu/ppe/ 


Major Requirements

All of Northeastern’s economics majors start with two courses in the principles of economics as an introduction. They are followed by three required courses in statistics, microeconomics theory, and macroeconomic theory as a core to build analytic and data skills. The B.S. degrees require econometrics, a more advanced statistics course, while the B.A. degrees require an economic history class. Depending on the degree a student then selects between two and seven electives chosen from among courses in the fields of economics to gain experience in applying the core skills. Seniors students take a seminar that involves writing and presenting a significant original essay.

The Economics Minor

Changing into a CSSH Major/Declaring a Minor

Students now declare a CSSH minor online exclusively; the paper Program of Study Petitions will no longer be accepted.

Here is the link to the Minor Declaration page: www.neu.edu/cssh/addaminor.  From here, you can click on the first hyperlink to sign in and add a minor and can see a list of all available CSSH minors.

Major changes or minor/concentration additions involving CSSH programs should be completed as follows –

If you have curricular questions about the CSSH minors, you will be directed to the academic department and not to the academic advisor for the major.

Economics Faculty Advisors

Students are strongly urged to regularly see their faculty advisor concerning their selection of courses, academic progress, post-graduation plans, or for any other questions or concerns they may have.

 AdvisorOfficeTelephone Number
[617] 373-
First Year StudentsProf. Triest301 LA7852r.triest@neu.edu
All grades with the exception of first year studentsGustavo Vicentini, Undergraduate Advisor307 LA7222g.vicentini@neu.edu
Cooperative Education
Cooperative Education
Cooperative Education
(A-K)Linnea Basu
(L-R)Stephen Williams
(S-Z)Rebecca Westerling
17 LA
180 RP
CSSH Dean's Office
(A-K)Agata Rybalkiewicz
L-O) Jan Wong
(P-Z) Justin Repici
180 RP3980a.rybalkiewicz@northeastern.edu
CSSH Dean's Office(Politics, Philosophy and Economics)
Ariana Roche
180 RP3117a.roche@northeastern.edu

Click here for the Department of Economics Academic Advising page.

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