In order to declare Economics as your major you must:
- Review ECON major requirements: Visit the Major Requirements page to select which curriculum track (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) you will pursue. Make sure to pay special attention to the requirements for each track to determine which you are eligible for and which best fits your goals.
- Attend Economics Information Session: To sign up for an information session, email ECON Advising at econadvising [at] umd [dot] edu. Please include: (1) your UID number, (2) the session you want to attend, (3) curriculum track (BA or BS) you plan to pursue.
Information Sessions will be done remotely via Zoom. Students will need access to a computer with audio and internet at the time of the presentation. For Summer 2020, sessions are offered on the following days and times (all times are EDT):
Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
*Information sessions will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour*
- Complete Change/Addition of Major Paperwork and Develop Graduation Plan: Within 1 business day of completing the information session you will receive an email from an ECON Advisor with instructions on how to complete your change/addition of major paperwork, complete the online BSOS Graduation Plan Workshop, and develop your graduation plan. Read this email closely as it includes instructions unique to your particular situation and academic plan. Follow the instructions in the email and submit completed paperwork and graduation plan to econadvising [at] umd [dot] edu.
- Wait for Approval of Graduation Plan: ECON Advising will review and submit your change of major paperwork to BSOS Advising. Once you have received an email confirming that your paperwork has been submitted to BSOS Advising, it will take up to 15 business days to process your major change/addition. You will receive an email directly from BSOS advising when you major has been updated in the system or if there is a problem with your plan requiring additional steps.
Students wishing to avoid a delay in registration should initiate a change of major well in advance of their registration date for the next semester.
**NOTE: Neither BSOS Advising nor the Economics Department can lift blocks imposed by a student's current major. Permission will not be granted for courses restricted to ECON majors until AFTER a graduation plan has been approved by BSOS Advising.
For students wishing to add ECON as a second or third major:
University policy requires that a student have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to declare a double major or double degree in Economics. If you have any questions regarding this policy please email an ECON advisor.