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Section 3: Academic Advising and Communications

3.1 Academic Advising

The Undergraduate Economics Program is committed to providing students with the opportunity to have meaningful and informative discussions about their academic, intellectual, and career interests with a wide range of advisors and mentors. In college, advising meetings are not the same thing as "being sent to the principal's office in high school."  Instead, these are extended discussions which may address both immediate and long-term interests, concerns, and desires/needs.

The economics curriculum is cumulative, higher-level courses build upon the foundations learned in the core course. This results in students needing to be aware of course-sequencing and the schedule of classes. Students are encouraged to meet frequently with their Undergraduate Economics Program academic advisor to ensure that their courses fulfill the requirements towards their degree and are appropriately sequenced. Historically, successful students typically checked-in with their advisor frequently and sought the advice of their academic advisor in selecting courses, pursuing additional degrees, and planning ahead for study abroad.

A key component to students’ successful academic careers is their relationships with their academic advisors and faculty.  The Undergraduate Economics Program considers academic advising as one of its most important responsibilities.   Ms. Conway and Dr. Goldburg split the advising responsibilities based on cohort group.  During the Fall 2013 semester, Ms. Conway will work with the Class of 2015 and Class of 2017 and Dr. Goldburg will work with Class of 2014 and Class of 2016.

Topics that are most often discussed with Ms. Conway and Dr. Goldburg are: academic planning; research questions and opportunities; international experience (study abroad, internships, etc.); internships; and co-curricular, meta-curricular, and extra-curricular activities.

To facilitate scheduling advising meetings, please use the online appointment scheduler found on the Undergraduate Economics Program's Advising Website (

3.1.1. First-Year Advising

Most first-year students who major in economics enter the Carnegie Mellon University as Dietrich College students, and are assigned a Dietrich College Academic Advisory Center (AAC) advisor. Students who are considering in majoring in economics are encouraged to contact the program's academic advisor so that they will have access to program resources; program-level advising; and the community of faculty, staff, and students.

First–year students are not expected to know which degree option they wish to pursue. For this reason, the first–year curricula are quite similar for the four primary degrees awarded by the program. As students become involved in their course work, participate in the extra– and co–curricular activities sponsored by the Undergraduate Economics Program, and discussions with faculty and economics advisors, the decision of which degree to pursue becomes evident.

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3.2 Communication

The Undergraduate Economics Program and university communications are generally handled through e-mail and blackboard. Students are expected to read their e-mail on a daily basis, and to use their Andrew account when corresponding with faculty and staff.

Occasionally information may only be distributed via a hard copy. Please check your SMC mailbox on a regular basis.

We are aware that you are inundated with e-mails. With this in mind, UEP has streamlined its communication processes.  You will receive from us in the manners listed below.  Please pay attention to these communications.

  • UEP Newsletters.  UEP Newsletters (Econ News) are sent out on a regular basis to the UEP community.  Inside the newsletters, you will find timely academic and non-academic information relevant to the student community.  Information in this newsletter will not duplicate information from other regular newsletters (e.g., DC Monday Mailers, etc.). No personal information is communicated in this format.
  • UEP Blackboard Site.  The UEP blackboard site serves as a repository of information that students.  Folders include: announcements, newsletters, career and internship information that have been sent directly to the program.
  • UEP Calendar. The UEP calendar is updated on a daily basis.  Students are expected to check this calendar on a regular basis.
  • E-mail.  E-mail will be used for individually tailored communication.  E-mail can be sent from UEP accounts ( and or Dr. Goldburg’s and Ms. Conway’s individual Andrew accounts.
(Updated: 10 July 2013)

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