We teach students to apply data, empirical methods and economic theory to study real-world events. Nearly two-thirds of Amherst graduates have taken our introductory course. We are proud to count two Nobel laureates among our alumni.
For Spring 2022 economics major declarations can be processed in person or remotely.
Before you declare please have these required documents:
1. Declaration of Major Form from the Registrar's Office (completed as much as possible)
2. Copy of your transcript from ACData
3. Email from your current academic adviser approving your economics major declaration
Then follow these steps:
1. In-person declaration: Bring required documents to Amy Johnson, Economics Academic Department Coordinator in Converse 306-A. You will receive a department shirt at time of declaration.
2. Remote declaration: Complete the Google form linked below. You will receive an email confirming your declation is processed and a department shirt in campus mail.
Please Note: You do not need to seek the signature of the department chair - that will be handled by the ADC while processing your declaration.
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