Advice for Wharton Students

The requirements for majoring or minoring in economics are for the most part the same for Wharton students as they are for College and other students. Here we summarize any differences and address some Wharton-related issues.

Introductory Economics Courses

The department recommends that students interested in pursuing further study in economics take the ECON 1, 2 sequence. However, available to Wharton students only is a one-semester introductory macro and micro course (ECON 10). If a student receives a grade of at least A- in ECON 10, then ECON 10 can be used to satisfy the prerequisite for intermediate (ECON 101, 102, 103, and 104) courses.

Students who take ECON 10 instead of ECON 1 and 2 and receive a grade lower than A- will not be permitted to enroll in intermediate courses. Because of the grade requirement, there is no guarantee that a student who takes ECON 10 can major or minor in economics. For this reason, a student who is considering a major or minor in economics should take the more in depth ECON 1 and 2 sequence instead of ECON 10. 

Joseph Wharton scholars can use the FINANCE 103 taken at Wharton to waive out of ECON 10.

Click here for information on receiving AP/A-level or IB credit.

Prerequisites for Upper Level Courses

ECON 101 is a prerequisite for ECON 102, 104, and all upper-level (200-level) courses in economics.  Regular sections of BEPP 250 do not fulfill the intermediate ECON 101 course requirement or prerequisites for ECON 102, 104, or 200-level ECON courses.

Wharton students and students enrolled in the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business can use BEPP 250 HONORS to fulfill the ECON 101 prerequisite for other intermediate- or upper-level ECON courses.

Counting Wharton Courses Towards the Major or Minor

Wharton students who take Economics 10 instead of Economics 1 and 2 will have to take an additional 200-level course in economics to complete the major or minor.

Wharton students and students enrolled in the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business can use BEPP 250 HONORS to fulfill the ECON 101 prerequisite for other intermediate- or upper-level ECON courses.

A small number of Wharton courses are cross-listed with economics and count towards the economics major/minor. These are the only Wharton courses that count. Click here for information on economics courses, which include the cross-listed courses.