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FAQ

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. 

One of the classes I want to take is full, and I was told I should ask the Department for an override. Whom should I contact?

Each instructor sets his or her own override policy.  Some instructors, especially those teaching large courses, choose not to create waitlists.  If a course without a waitlist closes, and if an enrolled student then drops the course, the vacated seat becomes available to the first person to register for it.  To learn an instructor’s waitlist policy, check first our group e-mail (join the e-mail 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 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 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 for 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 my 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.

How can I schedule an appointment with an ECON advisor?

Schedule an appointment online. Due to their very busy schedule, our advisors do not take walk-in appointments.