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Pathways in Economics

Program(s): Pathways

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  This program introduces students to the approaches to economic research and experimentation that make UChicago a world leader in the field. Full-time lecturers in the Department of Economics teach classes on topics in macroeconomics, microeconomics, game theory, and field experiments, which are supplemented by guest lectures delivered by preeminent UChicago faculty in economics and other departments whose research applies the tools and insights of the field in new and exciting ways. Participants can apply what they hear about in lectures during small group discussion sections facilitated by a team of outstanding current UChicago students, as well as in labs and site visits to locations such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Course Considerations

Students must have completed Algebra 2 to be successful in the course. Students should have a strong interest in using math to determine economics patterns. This course is not geared for students who want to focus on business; these students may want to check out Pathways in Leadership and Entrepreneurship. In addition, please note that Pathways in Economics does not cover much material on finance or corporate structures.

The course may be slightly repetitious for students who have already taken Macroeconomics and Microeconomics as these subjects are covered, albeit in a UChicago-centric way. Students will certainly gain new information if they have learned these theories, but may also want to explore Economics from an Experimental Perspective. Students who have completed calculus are encouraged to take Pathways in Economics (Calculus-Based).

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

June 22

End Date

July 09

Class Details

Primary Instructor


Academic Interest

Math and Computer Science
Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)

Class Specifics

Course Code

ECON 12410 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration


3:00 PM


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks