Undergraduate

Department of Economics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Graduate Program:
301-405-3544

Undergraduate Program:
301-405-8367

Declaring the Major

Changing (or adding a major) is a process that takes time in addition to careful planning. Although it may seem that the process is cumbersome and full of "transactions costs", there are ways students can minimize these costs. Each student seeking to declare Economics as their major should follow these 5 steps.

  1. Review the degree requirements.
  2. Meet with an ECON advisor during our walk-in advising hours to discuss the major requirements, departmental policy, and complete necessary paperwork.
  3. AFTER meeting with an ECON advisor, register on-line for a BSOS Graduation Planning Workshop at www.bsosworkshops.umd.edu. You can attend an in-person workshop which are held several times a week during the fall and spring semesters or there is an online workshop option. **NOTE: If you attend the in-person graduation planning workshop, you will be given the blank graduation planning form in that session.  If you choose the online version, you will be directed to the blank planning form at the end of the presentation.
  4. After the workshop, submit a completed graduation plan to BSOS Advising in 2148 Tydings Hall for review.
  5. Wait to hear from BSOS advising by email as to when the new major has been added to the University's registration system, or if a problem with the student's plan requires additional steps.

The above process normally takes several days, depending partly upon how fast a student acts and partly upon the number of plans under review by the College. The weeks prior to registration and during registration for a new semester are all times when an unusually large number of students seek approval of their plans. During these times, the change of major process will take a longer time—as long as two to three weeks. You can minimize the time you wait if you "plan ahead" and get these steps done during other time periods.

Neither BSOS Advising nor the Economics Department can lift blocks imposed by a student's current College. The Economics Department will not provide permission stamps for "majors only" courses (ECON300, 321, 325, 326, and 400-level ECON courses) just because a student has initiated the process. The advising block/permission will be lifted only when an academic plan has been approved by the College. Students wishing to avoid a delay in registration should initiate a change of major well in advance of registration for the next semester.

Please note that the Department does not offer a minor in Economics.

For students wishing to add ECON as a second or third major:

As of May 28, 2009, the University will require that a student have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher in order to declare a double major or double degree in Economics.  If you have any questions regarding this policy please visit an ECON advisor in 3108 Tydings Hall. 

*Please note that this policy applies for students who are adding ECON in addition to their current major and for students who have already declared Economics as their major and are adding a second major.