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FAQ

A class I want to take is full, how can I register or get on a waitlist?

If the class is full and has a waitlist: please get on it and wait for a seat to open up. If a seat becomes available, overrides are given, in order, from the waitlist.

If the class does not have a waitlist: this could be because the class has multiple lectures (such as ECON 101 and ECON 102). We do not open up a waitlist for these classes until all the lectures are full. Please watch for a seat to open so you can take it. For these classes we do not give overrides. 

If you cannot join the waitlist because you don’t meet the prerequisites for a class: only the instructor can decide if you are eligible to take the class. Please contact the instructor for an override. 

Can I transfer a course from another school to fulfill the prerequisites/requirements for the major/minor?

So long as the class transfers at University of Michigan as equivalent, you will be able to use transfer in a course to satisfy the prerequisite for the major/minor in Economics. Please visit our Transfer Credits page for more information about transferring classes.

Please note that we do not accept any online or hybrid courses.

How can I get the latest information about registration for economics classes?

Join our e-mail group.  We send information about classes that are added, dropped, or enlarged after publication of the time schedule.  We also send updated information about override procedures for specific courses. 

How can I have a course evaluated for transfer credit?

You will need to meet with one of our faculty advisors, please see more information about transferring courses here

How can I schedule an appointment with an ECON advisor?

There are a few ways to meet with an advisor depending on what you need, please visit our Advising page for more information. 

How do I get credit for my internship in the summer?

Our department no longer offers an internship class.

We would recommend students look into taking ALA 125, 225, or 325 in LSA to get credit for internships. However, students would need to register in this class before starting the internship. If the internship has already started or finished, please contact the ALA department to find out if you can still get credit for a past internship.

How do I schedule an Independent Study course with an Econ faculty?

The student should first find a faculty who is willing to work with them. Once they both agree, the faculty will send Econ Staff an email approving an override in ECON 499.

A staff member will then need to create the section in ECON 499 and then issue the override for that particular section. Each faculty member has an assigned section number.

I am an undergraduate and would like access to Foster Library to study afterhours, can I have access?

Unfortunately this space is reserved for Economics Graduate students after 5pm, so we would be unable to give you access.

While you are welcome to use the Library during business hours to study (pending availability), if you were to stay after 5pm you would run the risk of being locked out. There are several other locations on campus where undergraduates can find space to study after hours (the Undergraduate Library, the Graduate Library, Angell Hall's Fish Bowl, North Quad, the Michigan League, to only name a few).

I am enrolled in Econ 101 and want to change my discussion section, I want to be put on the waitlist/given a permission for section 0XX, can you help?

Unfortunately we do not offer overrides or have waitlists for Econ 101 so as to encourage an even enrollment distribution over the lectures.

If you would like to switch sections, please switch into an open section that works for your schedule, or continue to check enrollment for your preferred section(s), perhaps a seat will open up.

I am first on the waitlist for a course. I know students who were below me on the waitlist but who have already received overrides. Why did they receive overrides before me?

Again, each instructor sets his or her own override policy. The instructor is not obliged to take students in order from the waitlist. To learn the instructor’s policy, check first our group e-mail (join the email group), then the course guide, and finally the instructor’s personal website. If the instructor’s policy appears in none of these places, contact the instructor directly. The department issues overrides only when requested to do so by the instructor.

I am interested in doing research as an undergrad, what opportunities do I have?

There are a few ways to get involved in research on campus. One would be to check out the Student Involvement page from the Office of Research at UM. You could also visit or contact the Opportunity Hub to see what they may have available.

As for opportunities for research within the Department of Economics in particular, you have a couple of options. To work with a faculty member on their research, you would want to contact faculty directly about opportunities.

If you were interested in developing your own research, you could contact an Economics Professor directly about arranging an Independent Study course with them for Econ 499 credit (you can find some more information about Econ 499 here). You could also apply to take an Econ 495 seminar aimed at helping students develop skills and pursue independent research (topics vary by instructor, so please see the LSA Course Guide for topics offered in a given term).

There are also courses listed under "ALA" in the course guide for those interested in research, and UROP may have some summer opportunities.

You may find opportunities (or ideas) through contacting the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP).

You are of course always welcome to set up an appointment with an advisor to discuss other opportunities not have covered above.

I am interested in studying abroad. Are there programs for Econ students or programs that you know of whose credits could count towards my major?

Please visit our Studying Abroad page for more information!

I am interested in transferring to U-M to pursue a degree in economics, how I can prepare to do so? Is it possible to receive recommendations on what courses I should be taking in the meantime?

Please visit our Transfer Students page for more information!

I am graduating soon, how can I find information about the ceremony and tickets?

Please visit our Commencement page for information about the ceremony, tickets, and eligibility!

I am not enrolled at UM yet but would like to take a spring/summer Econ course, what is the process for this and how can I register?

Unfortunately we are unable to answer these questions as our department does not handle admissions into the college. We would suggest contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (734-764-7433), and/or checking out their website. They should be able to assist you in your eligibility to take courses and how to proceed.

I am studying IB at my current institution and am interested in coming to UM to study economics. What requirements do you have for me?

Unfortunately we are unable to answer these questions as our department does not handle admissions into the college. We would suggest contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (734-764-7433), and/or checking out their website.

There may also be some helpful information here on their site about using IB credits.

I need a letter verifying my graduation status, what should I do?

Unfortunately, because this would concern your whole degree and not just the major, Econ is unable to provide such a letter. 

We would suggest reaching out to your advisor in LSA, or the Newnan Advising Center. They should be able to help you with this! 

Website: https://lsa.umich.edu/advising

Phone: 734.764.0332

Email: ask.lsa.advising@umich.edu

I received a 4/5 on my HS AP exam, is it possible to skip STATS 250 and go straight into Econ 251?

Unfortunately we do not evaluate STATS courses, it is the Department of Statistics who must do this. If they will accept the AP test results as equivalent to their STATS 250 course and it transfers in as such, then we will accept the credit towards the major as well. You may contact the Department of Statistics by phone (734.764.5981), email (statstudentservices@umich.edu), or drop by their office (311 West Hall).

I took a course at another college and want it to count as STATS 250 for my Econ major, how can I get it evaluated?

Unfortunately we do not evaluate STATS courses, it is the Department of Statistics who must do this. If they will accept the transfer course as equivalent to their STATS 250 course and it transfers in as such, then we will accept the credit towards the major as well. You may contact the Department of Statistics by phone (734.764.5981), email (statstudentservices@umich.edu), or drop by their office (311 West Hall).

I took microeconomics and/or macroeconomics in high school, and I received a 4 or 5 on the relevant AP test(s). Will my AP score get me credit for ECON 101 and/or ECON 102?

No. LSA awards 2 credits in economics (ECON 101X AP Department) to a student who receives a 4 or  5 on the AP Microeconomics exam and 2 credits in economics (ECON 102X AP Department) to a student who receives a 4 or 5 on the AP Macroeconomics exam. Such credits are not equivalent to ECON 101 or ECON 102. AP Economics credit does not satisfy the prerequisites for the major, for the minor, or for any 300- or 400-level course in economics. Students with AP Economics credit may take ECON 101 or ECON 102 for full credit.

I want to enroll in Econ 401, but Wolverine Access won’t allow me to do so. It says I don’t satisfy the prerequisites. I took calculus in high school, and I received U-M credit for Math 120.

Math 120, the credit awarded for success on the AP Calculus AB exam, does not satisfy the math prerequisite for the economics major, for the economics minor, or for Econ 401. The department makes no exceptions. Math 121, the credit awarded for success on the AP Calculus BC exam, does satisfy the math prerequisite for the economics major, for the economics minor, and for Econ 401.

If I transfer a course from a different college, does the grade transfer as well?

Only the credits transfer here. The grade does not transfer. However, University of Michigan will not accept a transfer course, unless the grade is C or better.

Please visit our Transfer Credits page for more information about transferring classes.

On the U-M credit transfer equivalencies search page, the course I want to transfer in is listed as “dept.” What does this mean? How can this course count towards my major?

Unfortunately courses that transfer in as "departemental" credits are not equivalent to any of our econ courses and do not count towards the major or minor.

These "dept" credits are granted to count towards your overall number of credits required by LSA to graduate, the "Econ" in their title is just to designate a department for administrative purposes.

Please visit our Transfer Credits page for more information about transferring classes.