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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 2017-18. This information is offered to help you plan your schedule.

Fall 2017

HIST 1660 American Enterprise, cap 30, Carlton, MW 9:10-10 am and a discussion time

HIST 2138 Blood Diamond, Blood Oil, cap 25, Ochonu, TR 9:35 – 10:50 am

HIST 3190 Religion, Culture, Commerce, cap 15, Halevi, Wednesday 2:10-4:40 pm

ECON 2150 Economic History of the United States, cap 40, Zimran, TR 2:35-3:50

ECON 3150 Topics in the Economic History of the U.S., cap 40, Collins, TR 1:10-2:25

Spring 2018

HIST 1600 European Economic, cap 30, Caferro, TR 1:10-2:25 pm

HIST 1665 Capital, Labor, Democracy, cap 60, Cowie, MW 10:10-11:00 am and a discussion time

HIST 3200 Poverty, Econ Africa, cap 15, Ochonu, Wednesday 2:10-4:40 pm


From the 2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog:

Economics and History  

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, 1660, 1665, 2138, 2660, 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 (avail-able 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, 2214, 2654, 4256; ASIA 2511, 2630; CLAS 2100, 2110, 2120, 2150, 2160, 2180, 3010; EUS 2201, 2208, 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.