The undergraduate economics program considers academic advising as one of its most important responsibilities, and 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. Identifying the primary degree to pursue should be undertaken as a collaborative process with the program advisors.
At Carnegie Mellon, advising is more than choosing classes. Advising involves helping students match their strengths and interests to the particular contents of a program of study and then continuing to design a balanced and rich undergraduate academic experience that will prepare a student to pursue intellectual, personal and professional goals. We provide holistic advising and encourage students to develop meaningful relationships with their advisors.
Topics that are most often discussed during advising appointments are:
- academic planning
- research questions and opportunities
- international experience (study abroad, internships, etc.)
- career exploration
- extra-curricular activities.
We advise students pursuing any of our major, additional major or minor degrees. For the joint degree programs, students may have multiple advisors depending on their interests.
First-year students who are considering majoring in one of our degree programs enter Carnegie Mellon University as Dietrich College students. During the summer prior to freshman year, incoming Dietrich College students are assigned an Academic Advisory Center (AAC) advisor. The AAC advisors work closely with our program, and will help guide incoming students into the appropriate economics, mathematics and statistics courses. While the AAC advisors are the advisors of record until student formally declare their majors, the undergraduate economics program advisors are available to provide additional support. In fact, we encourage interested students to contact the undergraduate economics program's academic advisors as soon as possible so that they will have access to program resources; program-level advising; and the community of faculty, staff and students. Our advisors are invested in helping all Carnegie Mellon students understand the wealth of opportunities available not only in our program and two colleges, but also within the university.
Once a student formally declares an economics major, the student is assigned an advisor from the undergraduate economics program. Because the economics curriculum is cumulative and higher-level courses build upon the foundations learned in the core course, students need to be aware of course-sequencing and the schedule of classes. This is particularly important for students hoping to study abroad, spend a semester in Washington D.C., attend graduate school or add an additional major or minor to their studies.
Carol B. Goldburg, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Adjunct Faculty of Economics
Kathleen Conway, Ed.S.