Transfer students who wish to become economics majors often arrive at Reed with several economics courses from other institutions. These courses rarely correspond directly with the courses that would have been taken here, so it is often difficult for them to fit seamlessly into the sequence of the Reed curriculum.
A transfer who arrives at Reed with one year of college work completed should usually take Econ 201 immediately in the fall semester of the sophomore year, even if the student has a year of introductory economics from another college. Depending on the student's mathematics and economics background, the faculty may advise the student to take Econ 313 or 304 concurrently with Econ 201, or to wait until the junior year to take Econ 313 or 304. In either case, Econ 314, if chosen for the macroeconomics requirement, should be taken in the spring of the sophomore year.A transfer arriving at the beginning of his or her junior year will normally have to compress most of the economics courses into two years. In some cases, it may be quite difficult or impossible for such a student to complete the ideal sequence of economics courses in four semesters. When it is not feasible to attend Reed for an extra semester, the student and the adviser will evaluate the student's prior coursework in economics and decide on the appropriate program for the junior and senior years.