Advising & Registration

Academic Advising

All undergraduate students in Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences have an assigned faculty advisor. Economics faculty are assigned as advisors to students whose primary major is Economics. However, many of your questions can be answered by the Undergraduate Academic Advisor for Economics, Nadia Smith ( in Maloney 319.

Connecting with Your Faculty Advisor

In AGORA you may view your faculty advisor by selecting “My Services,” “Account and Personal Information,” then “Academic Advisor.” First Year Students are assigned advisers through the Academic Advising Center. Economic faculty members serve as advisors for sophomores, juniors and seniors. During the registration period, economics faculty will provide sign-up emails for drop in advising. Feel free to use this time to learn about their research, ask career questions, or get more information on specific courses.

Tips for Productive Advising Appointments

To get the most out of your time with economics faculty, it is strongly suggested students:

  • come prepared having done any requisite research on courses, academic policies, study abroad, the economics degree pathway, etc.
  • be on time. It's ok to cancel and reschedule meetings if necessary, but let your Advisor know beforehand, not afterwards.
  • come to the meeting with an idea about which classes they might take, especially electives. The better organized you are going into the meeting, the more helpful your advisor will be and the more you'll get out of the meeting.
In addition to administrators and faculty, student leadership in the department will also be hosting virtual and in person drop-in advising. Economics majors who are also in the Economics Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon [ODE], and the Boston College Economics Association [BCEA] will be available to answer any questions. Students are encouraged to use all available advising resources; it is not necessary to pick just one. Make an appointment, sign up with your faculty advisor and / or stop in for drop-in advising with peer mentors.

Degree Audits

Students can access their Degree Audits in their Agora Student Portal by selecting “My Services,” “Account and Personal Information,” then “Degree Audit.”

If you see that certain requirements that were once filled are not currently showing as fulfilled, please contact Karen Livingston at Be sure to include your exact issue with course detail included along with your eagle identification or full name as it appears in Eagle Apps.

Economics Electives

The department offers a wide variety of electives covering the major fields in economics and also reflecting the research interests of the faculty. Courses at the 2000-level require Principles and/or Statistics as prerequisites. Courses at the 3000-level require one or both Theory courses. A growing number of upper-level electives may have additional requirements, such as Econometrics. Consult the course listings for specific information on course content and prerequisites.

Writing-Intensive Courses

Each semester the department will offer several electives in a writing-intensive format with lower enrollments and a significant writing component. These courses provide excellent opportunities to develop writing skills and to get to know a professor more closely. Consult the course listings each semester for up-to-date information on which courses are being offered in this format.

Graduate Courses

Juniors or seniors with exceptional records and with good mathematical backgrounds are invited to take one or more courses offered in the Ph.D. program (courses numbered in the 7000's and 8000's).