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Major in Economics and History

Major in Economics and History (45 hours)

Students declare this major through the Department of History office, Benson Hall, room 227, with Mrs. Welch. Please note that Econ-History majors do NOT need to fill out the “Interdisciplinary major Course Plan” when filing a Declaration of Major. 

The below CORE courses will be offered in 2018-19. This information is offered to help you plan your schedule.

Fall 2018

HIST 2138. Blood Diamond, Blood Oil, Commodities, and Conflicts in Africa. Cap 25, Professor Ochonu, TR 1:10-2:25 pm

HIST 3190. Religion, Culture, Commerce: The World Economy in Historical Perspective. Cap 15, Professor Halevi, Wednesday 2:10-4:40 pm

ECON 3160, 2 sections. Economic History of Europe.  Cap 25, Professor Zimran (both sections). TR 8:10-9:25 am and TR 9:35-10:50 am

Spring 2019

HIST 1665. Capital, Labor, and Democracy in the United States. Cap 60, Professor Cowie, MW 10:10-11:00 am and a discussion time

HIST 2660. The Birth of Modern Capitalism and Human Trafficking. Cap 25, Professor Molineux, TR 4:00 – 5:15 pm

HIST 3200. Poverty, Economy, and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cap 15, Professor Ochonu, MWF 12:10 - 1:00 pm

ECON 3150, two sections. Topics in the Economic History of the U.S.  Cap 25, Professor Collins (both sections). TR 8:10-9:25 am and TR 9:35-10:50 am 


ECONOMICS AND HISTORY MAJOR (From the 2018-19 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: registrar.vanderbilt.edulfacutty/course-renumbering/course-lookup/. 

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 modem 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. One semester of 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. 

Two semesters of calculus are required for ECON 3012 and 3022, which may be taken instead of 3010 and 3020. 

To see the major requirements link to the 2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog. Please note the update in the catalog for any students who matriculate at Vanderbilt in August 2018 and thereafter.

The major requirements begin on page 99. The course listings for Economics classes begin on page 169. The course listings for History classes begin on page 181.