Economics and Social History Major


The Economic and Social History major is an interdisciplinary major that combines economic reasoning with different historiographic approaches and quantitative analysis. The major encourages students to develop an understanding of the human experience through the record of the past and acquire intellectual tools to analyze historical changes from an economic and social perspective. Students are exposed to different ways of thinking about the origins of capitalism, the structural features of modern economies, regional differences or global diversity in long-run economic performance and socioeconomic well-being, and the challenges and opportunities facing the global economy today. By looking at both the social and the economic dimensions of the histories of one or more geographical regions, students gain a valuable interdisciplinary perspective that enables them to appreciate and think systematically and critically about the complexities of human interaction. Students who graduate with a major in Economic and Social History will be prepared to enter graduate programs in history, business, public policy/administration, or to pursue careers such as in public policy or business that call for diverse perspectives and skills.

Majors in Economic History will need an advisor in the History Department as well as the Economics.

To avoid the most common missteps on the road to completion of the major, Tips and Caveats.

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Course Title Course Number When Taken
Intro to Economic Reasoning* ECON BC1003 Year 1
Intermediate Macro Theory ** ECON BC3033 2
Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy ECON BC3041 2
Course in Economic History ***   2/3
Course in Economic History  3000-level   2/3
1. Introductory History Course ****   2/3
2. History Elective - Lecture   3
3. History Elective - Lecture   3
4. History Elective - Seminar   3
5. History Elective - Seminar   3/4
Senior Research Seminar I ECHS BC3066 4
Senior Research Seminar II ECHS BC3067 4

* Econ UN1105 (at Columbia) may be substituted for this requirement.
** ECON BC3035, ECON UN3213 (at Columbia), or ECON UN3211 (at Columbia) may be substituted for BC3033.
*** Two courses in economic history must be taken, one at the 3000-level or higher.
**** At the 1000-level. Students who have passed the AP exam in their region of specialization may substitute this 1000-level history course with another 3000-level lecture course from the approved list.