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Economics at Emory

avirajaviraj Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited May 2011 in Emory University
I got accepted at Emory, GaTech and UIUC; waitlisted at UMich, WUSTL, Johns Hopkins and Bucknell.
I have accepted the waitlist offers at all the colleges.
But I am having considerable difficulty in deciding where I am finally going to set foot, and I need your advice in helping me decide.
Everyone is telling me different things about all the colleges, people going to the respective colleges say theirs is a better choice.
I am in tight corner here, and since I myself don't know what things are like in the states(I am from India), I dont really have any preferences.
One thing that I am sure of is that I will be majoring in Econ.

Although I want to double-major, the chances of that happening will depend of the difficulty of pursuing Economics in the first place.
Since I dont have much idea about what major in engineering I want to do, I will first look at it in college and make a decision.
I was also looking at political science to go with economics.
I also wanted to discuss the possibility of transferring to another college - which college out of the three will better facilitate transferring to a more well-rounded college; transferring to Chicago because I thought Economics was the only thing i wanted to do??
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Replies to: Economics at Emory

  • citylife873citylife873 Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    Emory has a really bad economics department. The courses are very easy and they don't cover that much material. If you want to go to a college just to transfer, go to the cheapest place possible.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    That's dumb, don't come here for econ. You may, however, come for political science. That would be fine.
  • chocolatenutzchocolatenutz Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    first of all, Emory's econ is weak. The majority of the people doing econ are the people who didn't get into the b school. and if you are looking for a stepping stone school for transfer later on, definitely don't come to Emory. Go to a school with cheaper tuition or easy GPA
  • avirajaviraj Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    its thoughtful of you people to have taken out time to reply.
    but if i dont go to emory for econ, where else should i end up going, deciding between gatech and illinois.
    given the available options, which will be the best choice?
    also going to a cheap place could me sacrificing on various parameters, which would make transferring all the more difficult.
  • BubbleMagazineBubbleMagazine Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Actually i'm doing an Econ major at Emory right now and although it's what some people that didn't get into the bschool do it's just because they've fulfilled some of the requirements for it and honestly it's just as hard as the b-school classes. The economics department at Emory is really great and my economics professor this semester was featured in the 'Best of Emory' section in the school newspaper. His class is one of the hardest to get into because he's known to be such a great teacher.
    Continuing the Econ major at Emory you are going to end up taking classes at the Business school anyways so a lot of people choose that route instead of applying to the B-school.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Would it be? I think Tech is reputable enough for it to make a transfer easy if you've done well. I have seen people transfer to here and places like Georgetown from Tech. If you go in with the intent to transfer no matter how much you like it, you should choose the cheapest and highest quality option. Tech has the rep. for rigor, so even if their econ. is not rigorous, most folks (perhaps adcoms) may just assume it's tough/math intensive merely b/c it's Tech. It would be stupid to come here and spend huge amounts of money with an intent to transfer as soon as possible. Not to mention, it may actually look slightly worse to transfer from somewhere like Emory to Chicago. They will truly wonder why (which you will have to explain, transferring to some top schools is very hard)?! and assume you're somewhat spoiled. A person from a community college may actually stand a better chance as every indicator indicates that they want something much different. Basically, the others seem to create the perception of more clear reasons.

    Also, I don't know what you mean by "well-rounded". Emory and a place like Chicago will be similar in this area as they both emphasize a liberal arts curriculum/approach (which is by nature, well-rounded). The difference will be that the quality of econ. at Chicago will be better. That has nothing to do with "well-rounded". You won't see much of a difference in that among top 20s that have a liberal arts focus. You will just see variations in the qualities of certain types of programs between the schools. Also, transferring to a college because X-field is the only thing you want to do does not indicate a quest for well-roundedness. It means you simply want the school that is the best in "X" field.
  • collegestu816collegestu816 Registered User Posts: 238 Junior Member
    The econ department definitely isn't Emory's strongest, and a lot of Econ majors here are either:

    a) Double majoring and doing econ to diversify their resume

    b) people who didn't get in the the b-school and have already taken the intro econ classes (like some of you mentioned)

    c) Pre-meds who wanna do the Health Economics concentration and are desperate for a GPA boost after getting less-than-stellar grades in their science classes.

    So if you're not doing econ for one of the above reasons, I would think twice about it....
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