General Information on Certificates in Economics

The Department of Economics has five certificate programs for declared Economics majors.  The certificates are in Financial Economics, Global Economics, Public Policy Economics, Economic Theory and Computational Data Analytics.   These certificates are meant to provide economics majors with an incentive to plan and organize their thinking along several specific career paths that an economics degree is a good launching pad for, to the extent that this appeals to them.  There are specific grade requirements, including a minimum overall g.p.a. of 3.0 to receive the certificate, and a minimum B grade for all courses taken to satisfy the certificate requirements.  

The certificates are uniform in requiring four courses from a select list of mainly upper-level economics electives, including a core course for the certificate, which may be a specific course or one course from a short list of courses. In the latter situation, other courses in the core list may also be used to satisfy the overall course requirement for the certificate.  Note that the Certificate in Economic Theory has some additional course requirements outside of economics. Click the tab for the Economic Theory Certificate for details. Certificates are noted on the student’s transcript at graduation and may be listed on a c.v. or resume as an additional credential.

The Department of Economics no longer offers the Certificate in Quantitative Economics (CQE), which was a more credit-intensive certificate.  However, the combination of the Certificate in Economic Theory and the Certificate in Computational Data Analytics is approximately equivalent to the old CQE.   

 Finally, note that the certificates are also available to students who are completing the Minor in Quantitative Economics, as the prerequisite courses in economics necessary to complete any of the certificates will satisfy the requirements for the Minor in Quantitative Economics.