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Major in Economics and History

Major in Economics and History (45 hours)

ECONOMIC-HISTORY INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJORS. The below CORE courses will be offered in 2016-17. This information is offered to help you plan your schedule.

Fall 2016

ECON 2150. Economic History of the U.S.. Zimran. MWF 1:10-2:00 pm.
ECON 3160 01. European Economic History. Rei. TR 1:10-2:25 pm.
ECON 3160 02. European Economic History. Rei. TR 2:35 – 3:50 pm.
HIST 1660. History of American Enterprise. Carlton. MW 9:10-10:00 am with a discussion section.
HIST 1665 (new). Capital, Labor, and Democracy. Cowie. TR 2:35-3:50.

Spring 2017

ECON 2150. Economic History of the U.S.. Zimran. MWF 1:10-2:00 pm.
ECON 3150 01. Topics in Economic History in the U.S.. Collins. TR 9:35-10:50 am.
ECON 3150 02. Topics in Economic History in the U.S.. Collins. TR 11:00 – 12:15 pm.
HIST 1640. History of American Capitalism. Cowie. MW 11:10-12:00 noon with a discussion section.
HIST 2138. Blood Diamonds, Blood Oil, Commodities and Conflict in Africa. Ochonu.  TR 9:35-10:50 am.
HIST 3190. Religion, Culture, Commerce. Halevi. Tuesday 2:35 – 5:05 pm.

Economics and History Major, from the 2015-16 undergraduate catalog

NOTE: New course numbers took effect in fall 2015. Former course numbers are included in course descriptions in this catalog and at this website:

The joint major in economics and history makes an important contribution to liberal education at Vanderbilt by helping students understand the origins and organization of modern society. It also provides a unique preparation for careers in business, the professions, and other fields by combining all the analytical tools of the regular economics major with history’s emphasis on clear and effective writing and on developing skills in gathering, assessing, and synthesizing information.

The program consists of 45 credit hours of course work: 9 credit hours in an economic history core, and an additional 18 credit hours in economics and 18 in history. Students declare their major through the Department of History office.

Note: All students must have at least one semester of calculus; two are strongly recommended for the economics component. Calculus is a prerequisite for ECON 1500, 1510, 3010, and 3020, which are required for the major. It is also a prerequisite for all economics courses numbered above 3000. 

Course work for the major is distributed as follows:

Economic History Core (9 credit hours)
Three of the following courses, one of which must be an economics course above 3000:HIST 1600, 1640, 1650, 1660, 2660, 3075, 3190, 3200, ECON 2150, 3150, 3160.

Note: ECON 3010 is a prerequisite for ECON 3150, and 3160.

Economics (18 credit hours)

ECON 1010, 1020, 1500 or 1510, 3010, 3020; one ECON course above 3000 not included in the economic history core.

Note: The following course sequences may be substituted for ECON 1500 or 1510:
(1) MATH 2820, 2820L, and 2821 or
(2) MATH 2820, 2820L, and ECON 3050. ECON 3050 will also count as an elective.

History (18 credit hours)

No more than 3 credit hours of AP or IB credit in history courses may count toward this total.

(1) History 3000W or 3980; must be taken by the end of the junior year. 3980 is limited to second-semester juniors who have been admitted to the Honors Program. Students entering the Honors Program who have already earned credit for 3000W will receive elective credit for that course.

(2) History 4960 (prerequisite: History 3000W), or History 4980–4981 (available only to students in the honors program). Note: At the discretion of the director of honors and the director of undergraduate studies in history, a student who has earned credit for 4980 but does not take 4981 may be considered to have fulfilled the capstone requirement for the major. 

(3) Four other history courses not included in the economic history core. These electives may also include any of the following: AADS 2106, 2654, 4256; ASIA 2630; CLAS 2100, 2110, 2120, 2150, 2160, 2180, 3010; EUS 2201, 2220; DIV 6730, 6740; GER 2442; HOD 1115; JS 1111.09, 1200, 1220, 1240, 2450, 2540, 2560, 2600, 2620, 3000, 3100, 3210, 3892; MHS 2110; PHIL 2100; RLST 3306, 3316.

Honors Program (9 more credit hours)
Students apply to the Honors Program in History in the first semester of the junior year.54 credit hours: students will take the four-course honors sequence, HIST 3980, 4980–4981, 4999. Because HIST 4980–4981satisfies the capstone requirement, honors students will not be required to take HIST 4960, though they may enroll for 4960 as an elective. Students will write an interdisciplinary thesis under the direction of an adviser from each department.


Updated April 11, 2016

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