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Economics major with less focus in Math?

ThePariahThePariah Registered User Posts: 1,455 Senior Member
edited October 2015 in Business Major
I am a freshman at the University of Michigan.
I am deciding to major in Econ, but I am wondering if just having the minimum required Calc 1 course taken and taking more qualitative classes in the major would be sufficient enough. I'm not too good at Calculus and I don't hate math, but I am only good at Algebra and basic Calculus as I recently found out while taking Calc 1..(decent, not even good). And I know that I may have to get a Masters Degree if I major in Econ in undergrad, but it seems like the best choice for me, like middle of the road in between no math and super math-intensive like engineering. I want to go to Ross (business school) for accounting or something less math intensive, but I may not be able to get in.

So, will it be safe to avoid some quantitative classes as an Econ major? Like at UOfM, for Econ major, I can take the basics STATS and ECON econometrics and stats class rather than the intermediate or even harder classes.

EDIT: I am also going to minor in History.

Replies to: Economics major with less focus in Math?

  • AuraObscuraAuraObscura Registered User Posts: 613 Member
    Economics is not my field. However, my understanding is that economics at the graduate level is highly quantitative, and it's unlikely you would gain admission to many Master's programs in economics without a good math background, including at least a year of calculus, as well as differential equations and linear algebra and a solid understanding of statistics.
  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN Registered User Posts: 3,019 Senior Member
    You can certainly get a job as an econ major without a grad degree. Sure, the higher paying jobs out there are going to go to the quant people, but look for internships and summer jobs that would go well with your econ and history interests. For example, in local or state government.
  • ThePariahThePariah Registered User Posts: 1,455 Senior Member
    Okay. I am still willing to take more math, but I just wanted to have a choice in a major like Econ.
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