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Curriculum & Courses

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Degree Requirements for Undergraduate Majors
Undergraduate Minors at ILLINOIS (there is not an economics minor currently)
Students should meet with an Academic Advisor within their curriculum(s) frequently (search the ILLINOIS website for departmental pages)
Schedule an Econ Advising Appointment to discuss the Economics Major!


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


Economics Major Requirements

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 your Departmental and College Advisors, and checking your DARS report frequently. It is highly recommended that you see your Records Officer in LAS before your final semester to ensure you are meeting all degree requirements.

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.

Supporting Coursework

Supporting Courses broaden your experience in Economics, adding to the major corusework by providing you with an additional perspective and concentration area. Please see an Economics Advisor to discuss options as each plan is individualized to the student's unique interests and future aspirations. Supporting Coursework is a requirement of all Economics Majors to graduate, and must be approved by an Economics Academic Advisor. To declare your supporting coursework, you must make an appointment with an Econ Advisor to complete a Major Plan of Study (typically during your Junior year). Please meet with an Econ Advisor frequently to discuss this and other Economics requirements.

Supporting Coursework Main Requirements:

  • At least 18 hours
  • 12 hours at the 200-level or above
  • No Economics Requirements may be used, including:
    • NO: ECON Courses or courses cross-listed with ECON
    • NO: STAT/MATH or other courses used towards the Econ major requirements
  • 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 they are articulated as 1--, 2--, 3--, or 4--
  • Restrictions on other courses:
    • NO: Composition 1
    • NO: Seminars or Independent Studies (typically 199, 399, or similar)
    • Language Courses: Must be at the 5th-level or above or a culture course

Course Substitutions

We recommend that students take courses within the discipline for their economics degree (ECON) as these courses are specifically designed to teach students economics methods, analysis, and understanding, and prepare them 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 these requirements (please bring a syllabus to the Econ advising office).

  • ECON 102/103 (Intro Micro/Macro Sequence):
    • ECON 101 will substitute for either ECON 102 or ECON 103 in the major, but you will need to take two introductory courses total (if you received 4 hours for ECON 101, you will only receive 2 hours for taking ECON 102 or 103~ limit of 6 hours total for the 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 203
    • ACE 261
    • GEOG 280, 470
    • MATH 161, 408, 461, 463
    • PSYC 235, 301
    • SOC 280
    • EPSY 480
    • STAT 100 (not recommended in many cases if continuing to ECON 203), 200, 212, 400, 408
    • UP 116
    • CEE 202
    • Other introductory/intermediate statistics courses may count, please send an email to with your course content
  • ECON 203 (Econ Statistics II)*:
    • MATH 409, 466, 469
    • SOC 485
    • CPSC 440
  • *Students must take one of the Economics Statistics Courses within the Economics curriculum (substitute no more than one of ECON 202 or ECON 203), we recommend that you take ECON 203 out of the sequence if you have a substitution for both.
  • 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!

Course descriptions for each course and section may be found in the Course Explorer. If you would like additional information about our courses, you may email our Undergraduate Studies Office ( to see if we have the most recent syllabi for the course (please note the instructor, focus, and requirements may vary each semester).

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 Junior-Senior 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, and lasts 8-weeks (both the first and second 8-week sessions). It is only offered in Fall and Spring (at this time it is not offered over the summer).
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. Please view the Internship Course Form below which provides more information on the class and the application process. Students must have secured the internship prior to applying for the course.

ECON 199 Internship Course Form

International Students with certain visas must apply for a CPT for all paid or unpaid internships in the U.S. and be enrolled in an internship course. You may also look at our International page for additional information. Information on CPTs may be found on the ISSS website:

Independent Study (ECON 199 and 399)

See our Research Page for detailed information. 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.
You must fill out a request form for Independent Study Courses within the Department of Economics.
Econ 199: Undergraduate Open Seminar (have not completed ECON 302) ECON 199 Form
Econ 399: Undergraduate Open Seminar (Junior Standing and ECON 302 complete) ECON 399 Form

Proficiency Exams


If you are interested in the Econ Microeconomics and Econ Macroeconomics Proficiency Exams, please visit this page:


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

You may find all University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign proficiency tests offered on the CITL website (subjects also listed below with corresponding websites):
Computer Science:
Integrative Biology:
Molecular and Cellular Biology:
Language Other Than English (Spanish, Chinese, Korean, etc. ):

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.

Transferring to (or Adding) Economics

Please see the Transferring to Economics page for information about the declaration criteria for Economics and adding restricted classes. We encourage you to meet with an advisor within Economics to discuss your individual plan, progress, and options.