Getting into classes, closed and otherwise

For spring 2020: Here’s what you will need to know about getting into economics classes:

  1. The first resort is the online enrollment system, but you already knew that. Still, you will find that seats open up from time to time on MyMadison. It’s worth rechecking.
  2. The second resort for any given class is the waiting list system in MyMadison. We will maintain waiting lists for all Economics classes and will open up some seats from time to time. But if there’s a class you really need, move on to the third resort:
  3. The third resort is contacting me about getting into a class. Use this online form beginning November 7 to apply for an override. Requests will be handled about once a week, so don’t expect an immediate reply.
  4. The last resort if you’re unable to get a class you need is this: No later than the first week of class, come to my office at 7:30 a.m., dressed business casual or above, with a cover letter stating the academic case for the class you need and including your JAC Card number. We’ll make a list of everyone present at 7:30 a.m. and make sure you have a chance to make your case.
  5. If you know you’re going to have an enrollment problem and you don’t come in as soon as possible, you are automatically lowering your priority. Don’t wait around.
  6. OK, here are the negatives: We can’t add students beyond the fire code maximum for any classroom. Schedule changes for convenience alone are the lowest priority. Any trace of dishonesty in a student’s request is disqualifying.
  7. And a final point: In the scheduling and override process, our number one priority is to get students the classes they need to make progress and graduate on time. Together we’ll make it happen!

Here we are!

Posing for a group picture of the Department faculty and staff at the start of school, 2019:

. . . and going through a preference revelation exercise (hey, we’re economists!) to aid in planning for the future:

Declaring an economics major


To declare the economics major, you must have a “C” or better in the following courses:

  • Econ 200
  • Econ 201
  • Calculus (Math 205, Math 231, Math 235, ISAT 151 or equivalent)
  • Statistics (Math 220, COB 191 or Math 318)

and complete an entrance interview with the Department Head.

If you don’t have these requirements met, you’ll be unable to enroll in the upper-level core Economics courses and you’ll therefore be unable to make progress toward an Economics degree.


A few notes about this:

  • Economics is a great major and we’re here to help you succeed, but:
  • Economics is not an easier substitute for other business majors. If you have trouble qualifying for COB 300, and you’re thinking of bailing out of the BBA program for a B.S. or B.A. in Economics, you will probably not be happy.
  • If you failed Econ 200 or 201 the first time, please be aware that the required followup courses, Econ 331 and 332, are more difficult by a large margin.
  • Economics majors who take full advantage of career placement resources rarely have any trouble getting jobs.
  • Economics majors who barely get by in their course work, who have no enthusiasm for the subject, and do not begin job hunting until after graduation have dim prospects. We’ll help as we can, but — more so than anything in your academic career so far — primary responsibility for your job hunt is yours alone.

Welcome back!

We’re gearing up for a great fall 2019 in the economics department, even as the construction next door makes the building shake from time to time. This is our last year in the “old” Zane Showker Hall, as we’ll be moving into the new College of Business learning complex in summer 2020.

And here’s what the new building will look like, seen from the Newman Lake side: