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Economics Major RequirementsWorksheet

The Economics Worksheet outlines the current degree requirements for LAS Economics Students.
The worksheet is a tool to help in your academic planning, it is not intended to communicate with certainty that you have met graduation requirements.

You are responsible to see that all your graduation requirements are met by speaking with the ECON Department Advisors and LAS College Records Officers, and checking your DARS Degree Audit frequently.

Economics students typically take two major courses each semester as well as a mix of other general education, supporting coursework, and elective courses. Please see our Four-Year Plan, providing a general idea of the courses Econ students take each semester. This is only a guide as students should see an advisor to discuss their individual plan each semester.

Hours in Economics

To receive a major in economics, students must complete 30 hours in Economics Courses. If substitutions to any Econ requirements are made (see 'Course Substitution' section below) with a non-economics course, students will need to take additional coursework in economics to fulfill the 30 hours. Please meet with an Economics Advisor to discuss additional courses to fulfill this requirement.

Supporting Coursework4-year plan

The Supporting Coursework Requirement enhance your Economics degree by providing a focused concentration of knowledge outside of the economics discipline. The concentration promotes multidisciplinary perspectives, and encourages students to build their skills. This requirement should align with your future pursuits and interests. Double Majors, Dual Degrees, and Minor Coursework may be used (check with an Advisor to confirm if yours meets all of the requirements as some minors may not fulfill all of the requirements without additional courses due to duplicates within the Economics Major, such as ACE, INFO, and STAT).

Please see an Economics Advisor to discuss options which fit your academic and career plans.

Supporting Coursework is a requirement of all Economics Majors to graduate, and must be approved by an Economics Advisor during an Advising Appointment. We recommend you discuss with an Advisor starting very early in your academic career, planning your schedule as these courses will span multiple semesters. Your approved plan (Major Plan of Study- MPS) is submitted by an Economics Advisor to the LAS College Office, and should be approved by your Junior year as you begin taking your courses (required before graduation).

• At least 18 hours; 12 hours at the 200-level or above
• ECON Major Requirements Not Approved
• NO ECON Courses/Cross-listed ECON Courses; NO STAT/MATH fulfilling Econ Requirement; NO MATH 220/221/231
• Courses Must be taken for a letter grade: NO credit/no-credit, proficiency, AP, IB, or A-level credit
• Transfer courses may be used (may show as 'CR' or 'TR')~ okay if articulated as 1--, 2--, 3--, or 4--
•Restrictions on other courses:
• NO: Composition 1, Seminars, or Independent Studies;
• Language Courses must be at 5th level or above

Course Substitutions

We recommend students take courses within the economics discipline for their degree as these courses are specifically designed to teach students economic methods, analysis, and understanding, and prepare students for more advanced economics courses. There are some courses accepted for our statistics requirements, although we highly recommend students follow our ECON 202 and 203 sequence. The below courses will fulfill the requirement, but do not count towards the hours in Economics. Other courses may be evaluated to fulfill the basic statistics requirement (please send a syllabus to to have it evaluated), but subtitutions for other courses beyond ECON 202 will most likley not be accepted.

ECON 102/103 (Intro Micro/Macro Sequence):
• ECON 101 (not offered at Illinois) will substitute for either ECON 102 or 103 in the major (if you received 4 hours for ECON 101, you only receive 2 hours for ECON 102 or 103~ limit of 6 hours for intro sequence)
• ACE 100 will substitute for ECON 102

ECON 202 (Econ Statistics I): *Please note that ECON 202 is specifically designed to prepare students for ECON 202
ACE 261; GEOG 280, 470; MATH 161, 408, 461, 463; PSYC 235, 301; SOC 280; EPSY 480; STAT 100, 200, 212, 400, 408; UP 116; CEE 202
STAT 100 is NOT recommended as a substitution in most cases as it may not prepare you well for ECON 203, please see an Economics Advisor
Other introductory/intermediate statistics courses may count, please send an email to with your course content

Please meet with an Economics Advisor if you have questions about substitutions

We do not accept any course substitutions for ECON 302, 303, or the 400-level courses

Econ Course Information

We offer a variety of courses within different fields of economics. Students begin with the Introductory Microeconomic (ECON 102) and Macroeconomic (ECON 103) courses, then move into Economic Statistics and Intermediate Theory courses, and finally into our Advanced Courses which include topics in health, econometrics, environmental policy, public sector, development, competition and monopoly, and so much more!

Econ Course Website:
Read about our Economics Classes, find syllabi, and find links to the instructor/faculty pages who are teaching the courses.

Course offerings by semester, descriptions, and additional information may be found in the Course Explorer.

ECON 490: Topics in Economics

These courses cover many different topic areas and count as Advanced Level Economics Courses. Students may take as many topics courses as they would like, there are no restrictions to the number taken in one semester or overall, as long as they are different topics. Many of the 490s are being developed into a reoccuring course, so they may be given their own course number in the future. Other times the course is only taught a limited number of times, typically by visiting or new faculty, or advanced graduate students. If taking an ECON 490 for grade replacement, students must take the same exact topic- you may not replace a course with a different topic.

ECON 198: Economics at Illinois

This is a seminar course required of all economics majors. Only students who are declared as an economics major may take the course. It is 1-credit hour and Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading (does not count in the GPA, but an 'S' grade is required for graduation.
The course focuses on preparing economics students for their career after graduation. The assignments assist students to prepare for job applications, graduate applications, and being in a professional setting. Topics cover areas such as professional development, social media profiles, networking, future planning, job negotiations, on-the-job professionalism, and many others. We understand that economics majors have numerous trajectories, so the course offers many options to help you along yours.

Internship Course (ECON 199)

Students interested in taking a course to accompany their internship may enroll in ECON 199. Course information and the Form to apply for the course is located on the Economics Course Website ECON 199: Internship Course Page.

Independent Study (ECON 199 and 399)

Research oriented courses where undergraduates work in a one-on-one relationship with a faculty member on a research problem of joint interest. These courses are generally taken for between 1 and 3 hours of credit. The credit is a function of the project. See our Research Page for more information on obtaining an independent study.
You must fill out a request form for Independent Study Courses within the Department of Economics. Find more information and the form on the Economics Course Website ECON 199/399: Independent Study Course Page.

Proficiency Exams


Students may take the ECON 102 (Microeconomic Principles) and/or ECON 103 (Macroeconomic Principles) proficiency exams if they have not already earned credit for these courses. Please visit our Econ Proficiency Exam Information Page to reach more.


Each department handles their own proficiency exams, please find the listings here:

Illinois Courses

The University of Illinois offers many courses, but they may change from semester to semester based on instructor availability, departmental needs, funding, and other reasons. You should search the Course Explorer and Class Schedule to see the different courses offered each semester. The class schedule for each semester is updated about one month prior to the registration period. If you are looking for courses which fulfill certain criteria or ones that are online, we highly recommend that you search using the Course Explorer Search function.

Online Courses

Illinois does offer many options for online courses, which may be found using the course explorer search function (see above). It is very important that you read the information for online courses in the course explorer! Some online courses may also have meetings on campus, so it is important that you are aware prior to registering. Other sections have set meeting times, while others may be completed by the student at any time and have specific due dates. Some courses will charge fees to use certain software or take the exams, so it is important to know this information before you register for the course. The credits you earn taking the classes online through Illinois are counted the same as taking the courses on campus. It is very important that you have a reliable internet connection to complete the course! If you are going to be outside the U.S. while taking the course, make sure you are able to access the course materials, a strong internet connection, and that you are aware of the time change for any class meetings and due dates.

Many other institutions have online courses as well. You will need to check with the institution for their offerings, registration process, and follow the instructions on transfer courses provided below.

Please keep in mind that online courses may be more difficult than on-campus courses because of the format. Many online courses do not have meeting times, so you are responsible to ensure you are making progress and completing assignments and taking tests on time. In addition, you are responsible to learn the material on your own. The class will provide lessons/lectures in different formats (powerpoints, videos, notes, etc. ), and you must work your way through the material on your own, which can be difficult. Please make sure you have plenty of time to focus on these courses and that you are prepared for the online format.

Transferring Courses

If you took courses from off-campus or plan on taking courses off-campus, please visit our Transfer Course Information Page for details on the process.