Hi my name is Zhou Fang and I’m a freshman here at Duke University. I’m double majoring in political science and economics. I’m going to talk about the econ major for a second.
Before you come to Duke, if you’re considering it as a university, I would suggest you take both macro and micro in high school. The first econ class is econ 51 and it’s very difficult, it’s a weed-out class. A lot of people come in thinking they’re going to be investment bankers, that they’re going to go to Wall Street but unfortunately the university doesn’t want too many econ majors so they make that class quite difficult. You cannot skip the introductory class unless you’ve had both micro and macro.
Econ is a very difficult major in terms of its content. It’s very quantitatively oriented and it’s very conceptual. Although the introductory classes don’t have too much math, later on you’ll be using a lot of math in econ.
One more thing that I would say is that if you are planning to major in economics that you immediately join some of the active econ groups on campus. One club that I’m in is the Economics Student Union and that’s the large umbrella organization for all econ majors and minors at Duke, as well as the Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative, which is more related to microfinance but that could be helpful to you as well. I hope you enjoyed hearing econ!