Should I take intro macroeconomics or intro microeconomics first?

It does not matter.  Take whichever best fits your schedule.

What is the difference between micro and macro economics?

Microeconomics is the study of individual choice.  It explores the economic way of approaching problems, and how that way creates a general cost/benefit method of analyzing problems. It looks at such issues as the effect of taxes on incentives to work, tariffs and the debate about free trade.

Macroeconomics is the study of the aggregate economy.  It explores economist’s thinking about problems of recessions, depressions, unemployment, inflation and growth.  It is more problem and institutionally oriented than is micro, and studies issues such as monetary and fiscal policy, the financial sector, and the effect of globalization on the US economy.  

How much math is required for the principles courses?

Micro is likely to involve more math than macro. Intro micro uses primarily geometry and a bit of algebra. In macro you get less geometry, but some algebra.  It partially depends on which professor you get.

How many economics courses are required to complete the major?

Currently, a minimum of 11 courses are required to complete the major in economics.  Please visit our requirements page for detailed information.

What courses are used in calculating my economics GPA?

Any economics course taken at Middlebury College (Vermont campus) that can be used towards the economics major requirements is counted. Transfer credits (including Middlebury programs) are NOT included in calculating the economics GPA. For assistance in calculating your economics GPA, please contact the academic coordinator, Amy Holbrook.

Where is Warner Hall?

You can find Warner Hall on the searchable campus map.

Department of Economics

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Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753