Undergraduate Program

Following guidance from Georgetown University and the District of Columbia, the Economics Department will be operating with certain restrictions. With the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students, faculty, and staff in place, Georgetown will ease restrictions related to density, physical distancing, and testing, while continuing to take a layered approach to protecting and monitoring the health and safety of our community.

Main Contacts

  • Mr. Thomas Lewis serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator. Please contact him first with any questions, or for signing forms, related to declaring a Major or a Minor in Economics, Study Abroad, and Transfer Credits. His office hours are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30-11:30 am and 1:30-5:00 pm in ICC 580-a.
  • Professor Marius Schwartz serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies. His office hours in Spring 2023 will be on Tuesdays 3-4 pm, Wednesdays 5-6 pm, and by appointment. Unless you’ve arranged to meet in person, office hours will be via Zoom: https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/91655623068.
    If you plan to attend a regular office hour or schedule an appointment, please notify him by email at least a day in advance.
  • Follow us on Twitter @GUEconUndergrad for announcements on various topics including jobs, internships, publication opportunities and conferences.
    Note: we are phasing out our Facebook group GUUGLE 

Who’s New in the 2023 – 2024 Course Schedule

Professor Cauê Dobbin: Cauê’s research uses economic theory and empirical analysis to investigate the causes of inequality and how to alleviate it. His work covers topics such as how to expand the access of low-income students to higher education and the role of firms in labor market inequality.

He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

He will teach Poverty & Inequality at the undergraduate level.

Professor Juan Felipe Riaño: Before joining de Economics Department at Georgetown, Juan Felipe was a Stanford University postdoctoral fellow affiliated with the Economics Department and the King Center on Global Development from 2022 to 2023. He is an applied microeconomist with research interests spanning the fields of political economy, development economics, and economic history. His current research agenda focuses on understanding the determinants of state capacity in developing countries and the long-term impact of conflict and historical institutions on economic development. More recently, he has been interested in the organizational economics of public sector institutions and the role of cybersecurity in modern states. 

He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of British Columbia in 2022, a Master’s degree in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes in 2013, a B.A. in Economics, and a B.Sc in Industrial Engineering from the same University in 2011.

He will teach Empirical Applications of Political Economy at the undergraduate level.

Professor Yusufcan Masatlioglu: Yusufcan is a Visiting Professor of Economics from the University of Maryland. He has developed a profound and important research agenda at the intersection of behavioral economics and decision theory. His work provided several theoretical foundations for Reference Dependent Choice, Time Preferences, Limited Attention, Behavioral Social Influence, Random Choice, Choice Overload, Categorization, and Willpower. He has published his work regularly in leading academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, and Journal of Political Economy. He received two National Science Foundation grants for his works on revealing inattention and random attention.  He currently serves as an associate editor at the Journal of Political Economy since 2020.  

He held positions as assistant and associate professor positions at the economics department of the University of Michigan from 2005 until 2016, after obtaining a Ph.D. in Economics at New York University. 

He will teach Behavioral Economics at the undergraduate level in the Fall 2023 semester.

Majoring or Minoring in Economics: Common Elements

Current Academic Policies and Procedures can be found in Undergraduate Bulletin.
Noteworthy change in Academic Regulations (3. Additional Limits and Minimums) concerns the doubling up rule: starting in 2023-24, students will be allowed to take two courses in Economics in the same semester beginning in sophomore fall.

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements

Graduating with Honors

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