Credits Outside of GU Economics

  • The majority of Economics coursework must be taken from the Economics Department at Georgetown (see Major and Minor requirements).
  • No more than 4 summer school courses may be transferred from another institution.
  • Courses transferred from another institution are not counted towards the Georgetown GPA.

  • Students who receive a score of 5 on the AP exam in Micro can place out of ECON-1001 – Econ Principles Micro (formerly ECON-001). Students who receive a score of 5 on the AP exam in Macro can place out of ECON-1002 – Econ Principles Macro (formerly ECON-002).
  • AP math scores of 4 or 5 on the AB or BC calculus tests are accepted in place of MATH-1350 – Calculus I (formerly MATH-035).
  • The Statistics AP exam does not cover all of the topics that are included in ECON-2110 – Economic Statistics (formerly ECON-121). Therefore, students cannot place out of ECON-2110 with an AP exam.

The Department maintains a list of reviewed and approved courses. This list is continually updated. Click here to view the Transfer Credits & Study Abroad (new window) spreadsheet before you contact us. If the desired course is not listed, please complete the steps detailed below.

Economics Department Policy on Transfer Credits

  1. No online courses are allowed, neither synchronous nor asynchronous (this applies to fall/spring semesters as well as summer sessions); and
  2. Summer courses are only allowed if they are taught by regular faculty (as opposed to PhD students).

To receive credit toward your economics major or minor for courses taken at another college or university, please provide the Undergraduate Coordinator with the following materials:

  • A copy of the course syllabus. The syllabus should include: the name of the university, course number, prerequisites, textbook and readings, topics covered, and assessment criteria.
  • A transcript for the course.
  • The appropriate GU Registrar forms.

Pre-Approval Process

In advance of taking a course:

The Department maintains a list of reviewed and approved courses. This list is continually updated. Click here to view the Transfer Credits & Study Abroad (new window) spreadsheet before you contact us. If the desired course is not listed:

  • Submit the course syllabus to the Undergraduate Coordinator for review.
  • A copy of the course syllabus. The syllabus should include: the name of the university, course number, prerequisites, textbook and readings, topics covered, and assessment criteria.

The Department cannot approve a course without reviewing a detailed syllabus. Submit the syllabus in English for ease of review.  Course descriptions from a course catalog are not substitutes.

Most Economics courses taken abroad will be accepted as 2000-level electives. Approval is more restrictive for core courses above the Principles level, i.e. ECON-2101 – Intermediate Micro, ECON-2102 – Intermediate Macro, ECON-2110 – Economic Statistics, ECON-3001 – Intro to Econometrics (formerly ECON-101, ECON-102, ECON-121, and ECON-122, respectively), and 4000-level electives.

Planning for your Study Abroad

Prior approval must be obtained from both the College Dean’s Office and the Economics Department.

Economics majors must take the six core courses, ECON-1001, 1002, 2101, 2102, 2110, and 3001 (formerly ECON-101, 102, 121, and 122, respectively), before their senior year. To make normal progress towards the economics major with a full year of study abroad in the Junior year, we suggest the following plan:

  • First-year Fall: ECON-1001 or 1002*
    (formerly ECON-001 or 002)
    * Alternatively, students can take ECON-1003 (formerly ECON-003). This completes the core courses sooner, but it requires an additional economics elective.
  • First-year Spring: ECON-1001 or 1002
    (formerly ECON-001 or 002)
  • Sophomore-year Fall: ECON-2101 or 2102, ECON-2110
    (formerly ECON-101 or 102, ECON-121, respectively)
  • Sophomore-year Spring: ECON-2101 or 2102, ECON-3001
    (formerly ECON-101 or 102, ECON-122, respectively)

Transfer Limits for Economics Majors and Minors

Students may apply a limited amount of courses taken aboard:

  • For a single semester abroad, students can receive credit for up to two courses in the major or minor.
  • For an entire year abroad, students can receive credit for up to three courses in the major or minor.

X-Listed courses: Some courses from other GU departments can be applied as below 4000-level electives towards an economics major or minor. Such cross-listed courses can be found as follows:

  • Go to Schedule of classes (http://schedule.georgetown.edu)
  • First box, Subject: Click inside and select all
  • Last box, Attribute: click on X-List ECON

Other Potential Electives: Courses not already X-listed will be judged on a case-by-case basis. Email the Undergraduate Coordinator and provide the following:

  • A copy of the syllabus for the course.
  • The forms that you need signed for the GU Registrar.

The Department maintains a list of reviewed and approved courses. This list is continually updated.

Click here to view the Transfer Credits & Study Abroad (new window) spreadsheet.