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Economics and History, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #62 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
Vanderbilt University’s program in Economics and History begins with principles of macroeconomics followed by principles of microeconomics. We offer other courses that have only introductory courses as prerequisites, including labor economics, money and banking, Latin American development, economic history of the US, and strategic analysis.
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Economists are interested in the choices people make when they shop, when they choose jobs, and when they vote as well as the choices made in State Capitols, at the Federal Reserve, and on Wall Street. For example, understanding the sources of economic growth, differences in income across countries, the rate of inflation, and the appropriate policy responses to recessions are fundamental issues in macroeconomics, which is the study of the performance of an economy as a whole.

Key facts

  • Students who major in Economics and History at Vanderbilt University must take a semester of intermediate microeconomics, a semester of intermediate macroeconomics, and one of econometrics. Majors must complete five electives in economics, at least three of which have either intermediate microeconomics or macroeconomics as prerequisites. 
  • Microeconomists study households, firms, and markets. For example, why has the price of energy fallen relative to other prices, why do housing prices vary across locations, why do similar people earn such different pay, and why do firms produce and price things the way they do?
  • Economists participate in debates about policy toward climate change, international trade, taxes, healthcare, immigration, and crime. At a deeper level, the fundamental institutions that support economic activity are important as well. Such institutions—legal principles and laws, social norms, even families and communities—facilitate market and non-market transactions, investment in human and physical capital, innovation and technological change, and social and geographic mobility. This leads to questions about the role of government in regulating, taxing, subsidizing, or otherwise affecting markets and related institutions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Economic History
  • Public Economics
  • Game Theory

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General Requirements

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry:  SAT or ACT scores 
  • Official results of the TOEFL, TOEFL Special Home Edition, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

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