Economics changes in effect for 2020-2021

We understand that this is a challenging time, and changes to various policies may be confusing. For easy reference, here are the department’s policies for this year:

Pass/fail policies

1. Prior to the pandemic, a course taken pass-fail could only count towards any major only if it was the first course taken towards the major.

2. Any Economics course taken at Williams in spring 2020 when all courses were required to be pass-fail can count towards the major.

3. For the 2020-2021 academic year, in addition to the first course taken towards the major, any 200-level or 300-level electives, but not core courses (120, 251, 252, 255) or senior seminars (400-level electives) may be taken pass-fail and count towards the major. (ECON 110 is also a core course, but since it is by default the first course taken towards the major, it may always be taken pass-fail and count towards the major.)  Note that in any case, courses may only be taken pass-fail if they have been designated by the instructor as eligible for the pass-fail option. Students are responsible for being aware of the policy set by the instructor of their course. Information about whether the course has been designated as eligible for the pass-fail option is listed in the College catalog.

Placement

Department faculty will use results from the department placement exam along with Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam scores or A-levels grade to determine appropriate placement. See the placement page for more information.