Reed College Catalog


The mathematics–economics major gives the student an opportunity to acquire a firm foundation in both fields during the normal four-year college program without sacrificing electives. Increasingly over recent years, economics has become an appropriate field for the application of mathematics. The joint major is particularly useful for students who intend to do graduate work in economics. Early consultation with members of both departments is important for students considering this major.

Requirements for the Major

  1. Eight units of mathematics to include Mathematics 111, 112, 211, 212, 141, 331, and two other mathematics courses chosen from courses numbered higher than 300. Recommended: selections from Mathematics 321, 322, 332, 382, 391, and 392. At the discretion of the Department of Mathematics, MATH 111 may be waived for students entering with sufficient background in calculus. Students with adequate background in statistics may substitute an alternative mathematics course for MATH 141.
  2. Six units of economics, including Economics 201, 312, 313, and 314, and two units from among Economics 315–469, excluding Economics 402.
  3. The junior qualifying examination is taken in both departments.
  4. Mathematics–Economics 470 (thesis). The thesis is usually jointly supervised.