Planning ahead is the key to successfully balancing a semester or (in exceptional circumstances) a year abroad with the Economics major. There are 4 parts to planning ahead:
Majors contemplating study away must consult with the department chair well before the February application deadline. As part of this consultation, the major should consider:
If a student wants a particular course to count toward the Economics major or minor, she must obtain approval from the department chair before confirming registration at the host institution.
Not really. The study abroad office is the best place to find resources about study abroad programs. However most universities with economics departments will offer economics courses that will transfer for credit. If you have a question about whether a particular course would be granted economics credit, email your advisor a copy of the syllabus or course description before you go abroad so s/he can make that determination.
Yes, provided it is an economics course, taught in an economics department at a 4-year college/university by a Ph.D. economist. Majors must get approval for any course taken elsewhere before taking the class. You do this by providing your advisor or department chair a copy of the syllabus of the course you propose to take. Transfer credit is not routinely granted for courses taken in business schools or outside economics departments. Transfer credit will not be granted for a course that substantially duplicates a course you have taken at Bryn Mawr. Always get approval from your advisor before you take the course.
You should get approval for the courses before confirming your registration at your study-away institution. Failing that, there is no guarantee that the courses will be granted credit. To see if they are, you will need to submit a copy of the syllabus (and possibly final exams) to your advisor so the department can make a determination about transfer credit. Transfer credit is routinely granted at the 200-level for economics courses, taken in economics departments and taught by Ph.D. economists; it is not routinely granted for courses taken in business schools or outside economics departments. Check with your advisor before you take the course!
Yes. Get approval from your advisor before you take the course. Follow the procedure transfer credit in 3.
We strongly recommend that these courses be taken at Bryn Mawr or Haverford. If you propose to take them elsewhere, the department will need to determine whether the course you propose to take is equivalent to the Bryn Mawr course. That determination must be made before you take the course. You will need to provide your advisor with a syllabus of the course you propose to take. For econ statistics, you will need to establish that it covers regression analysis to the same degree as Econ 253. For intermediate microeconomics, you will need to establish that the course you propose is calculus-based. Please note: Swarthmore’s intermediate microeconomics course (Econ SW011) is not calculus-based so it is not a substitute for intermediate micro at Bryn Mawr or Haverford.
Get approval for your courses beforehand. Follow the procedure in 4.