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Major in Economics and History

Major in Economics and History (45 hours)

Students declare this major by emailing the History Department at : Their page is here.  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 2019-20. This information is offered to help you plan your schedule.

Fall 2019

ECON 3150. Topics in the Economic History of the U.S., Professor Sarah Quincy, MW 8:45 – 10:00 am

HIST 1600. European Economic History, 1000-1700. Cap 30, Professor Caferro, MWF 10:10-11:00 am

HIST 1640. History of American Capitalism. Cap 30, Professor Kramer, MWF 9:10 – 10:00 am

HIST 2111. China and the United States. Cap 30, Professor Rogaski, MWF 10:10 – 11:00 am

HIST 2138. Blood Diamond, Blood Oil, Commodities, and Conflicts in Africa. Cap 30, Professor Ochonu, TR 2:35 – 3:50 pm

HIST 2700. U.S. and the World.  Cap 80.  Professor Schwartz, MW 12:10-1:00 pm and a discussion section

Spring 2020

ECON 3150. Topics in the Economic History of the U.S. (2 sections), Professor Sarah Quincy, TR 9:35 – 10:50 am AND TR 11:00-12:15 pm

HIST 1640. History of American Capitalism. Cap 30, Professor TBA, MWF 9:10 – 10:00 am

HIST 2150. India and the Indian Ocean. Cap 30. Professor Sheikh, TR 9:35-10:50 am

HIST 2255. Inventing the Modern Economy: Economic Transformation and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Europe. Cap 15, Professor Clay, TR 11:00-12:15 pm

HIST 2660. The Birth of Modern Capitalism and Human Trafficking. Cap 30, Professor Molineux, TR 4:00 – 5:15 pm

HIST 3200. Poverty, Economy, and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cap 15, Professor Ochonu, W 2:10-4:40 pm (tentatively on schedule)

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.