Advice for Juniors

Here are some things to think about in your junior year as an ec concentrator.


  • If you've completed the intermediate theory sequence (1010/1011 ab), you'll want to start taking economics electives this year.  Remember you'll need one econ elective that meets the writing requirement and one that has 1010/1011 (a or b) as a prerequisite.  (If one class has both a writing requirement and 1010/1011 as a pre-req, you can meet both requirements with that class; but it still counts as only one class towards your ec electives.)   
  • If you haven't completed the intermediate theory sequence (1010/1011 ab), definitely plan on that this year. 
  • If you haven't already, you should complete econometrics and Ec 970 (the Sophomore Tutorial) this year.
  • Check out the Department's junior seminars.  These are small, faculty-led seminars on various topics.  They're open to all economics concentrators who meet the pre-requisites (and to others, if space permits). Each seminar conducts it own lottery and enrollment, so please check each course's website for more information. We especially recommend junior seminars to concentrators thinking about writing a senior honors thesis.
  • Thinking about honors?  There are two honors tracks in econ: Thesis Track and Advanced Course Track.  Please check out the details on the additional requirements for these tracks so you can plan ahead. For Thesis, you must complete econometrics by junior spring.  Also try to take an ec elective in an area you're interested in... thesis ideas can come out of that!  We'll keep the advice short here, as we have an entire document dedicated to juniors thinking about writing a thesis on our senior thesis page.

Bigger Picture:

  • Take initiative in your classes, especially your economics classes.  It's never too late to start.  Introduce yourself to your professors, visit office hours at least once, invite a professor to your House faculty dinner.  In general: take full advantage of the opportunity to get to know interesting people.  It's fun, and also will help you get the most out of your courses.
  • Junior concentrators often ask how to choose electives.  There's no right or wrong way, but two ways to think about this are: (1) take a variety of ec electives in different areas or (2) focus your ec electives in one area.  Either is great; it just depends on whether you feel drawn to a particular field or whether you want to explore.  For a refresher on fields in ec, check out Section V in the Ec Concentrator Guide.