Minor Guidelines for Economics Doctoral Students
Students take four courses, each earning three or more credits. Here is the recommended path:
1. Two of the courses:
(a) A two-course sequence in one of the Economics Department’s seven major fields (excluding the student’s own major field); or
(b) Mathematics Department or Statistics Department courses at the 700 level or above.
2. The remaining two courses:
(a) Economics Department or Statistics Department courses at the 700 level or above (excluding Master’s Program courses, see below);
(b) Mathematics Department courses at the 500 level or above.
Students are also welcome to propose four-course sequences that do not satisfy items 1 and 2 above. Approval of such proposals is at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies.
A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in the minor. In addition, grades of B or better must be received in courses used to fulfill the minor field requirement. Workshop courses, research methods courses, and independent study courses may not be used for the minor. Courses which are part of the student’s major field may not be included. The beginning Micro and Macro sequence (Econ 711, 712, 713, & 714) and the beginning Econometrics sequence (Econ 709, 710) may also not be used as part of the minor. Courses that are part of the Economics Master’s program (700, 701, 702, 704, 705, 706, 708, 725, 730, and 770 ) cannot be used as part of the minor sequence. Courses taken more than 10 years ago may not be utilized for the minor. 899 Topics in Computational Economics may be used for the minor.
Suggested minor field courses in mathematics and statistics are listed below.
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521 Analysis I
522 Analysis II
629 Introduction to Measure and Integration
721 Real Analysis I
725 Real Analysis II
821 Advanced Topics in Real Analysis
632 Introduction to Stochastic Processes
635 Introduction to Brownian Motion and Stochastic Calculus
733 Theory of Probability I
734 Theory of Probability II
735 Stochastic Analysis
833 Topics in the Theory of Probability
525 Linear Optimization
726 Nonlinear Optimization I
716 Ordinary Differential Equations
777 Nonlinear Dynamics, Bifurcations, and Chaos
807 Dynamical Systems
701 Applied Time Series Analysis, Forecasting, & Control I
709 Mathematical Statistics I
710 Mathematical Statistics II
732 Large Sample Theory of Statistical Inference
775 Introduction to Bayesian Decision and Control
Minor course requirements for students in other departments
Graduate students in other department who seek a minor in Economics as part of their Ph.D. program should obtain the appropriate minor agreement forms from their department. As a rule, a set of four courses in Economics (12 credits) taken as a graduate student will be approved. At least one course should be in the theory sequence (711-714), along with three appropriate doctoral level courses at the 600-900 level. Courses that are part of the Economics Master’s program (700, 701, 702, 704, 705, 706, 708, 725, 730, and 770) cannot be used as part of the minor sequence. Not more than one course may be a reading course, workshop, or seminar. The minor field must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Grades of B or better are required for each of the four courses in the minor.