Friday, October 20, 2017

2018 Admissions Guideline: The myth behind economics courses

When prospective students first hear about the International Economics course requirements at Johns Hopkins SAIS, I often see a look of worry from applicants.  Because we are a school of international studies, we want to make sure that our students are well equipped with the knowledge they need to excel for wherever they go to work internationally or domestically. Yet, I want to reassure you that the economics requirement is not as daunting as it sounds.

In case you didn't know...

Every Master of Arts (MA) student is required to take a minimum of 4 economics courses: intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, international monetary theory, and international trade theory.

But I already know this stuff...

If you feel that you already have a strong economics background or you've taken these courses in the past, you can apply to take a waiver exam online. To find out more about the waiver exam, click here

What if I need help?

Economics is not an easy subject for everyone. We understand that and we want to make sure that all of our students thrive and excel in this area, so there are a lot of helpful resources available on our campus.

1. PEERS IN THE CLASS: Working with your peers in study groups and group projects will not only help you to find a community of students to grow with, but you will also get a better understanding of the topic, course, and assignments. 

2. STUDENT TA'S: Student TA's are a great resource available for students. If you have a question about an assignment or a lecture, you can stop by the office and personally ask one of our wonderful TA's. If you feel that you have a strong grasp, you can apply to be a TA yourself. 

3. WEEKLY FACULTY MEETINGS: The International Economics Program invites professors every Thursday afternoon to present and receive feedback on research papers. 

4. BROWN BAG EVENTS: Every Wednesday, you can bring your lunch and listen to professors and invited guests discuss and receive feedback on preliminary research ideas.

5. LIBRARY: Our library located on the Nitze building 6th floor has an extensive number of resources available both on campus as well as online. If you can't find something you need, just let one of our librarians know.

6. OUR LOCATION: There's a reason why our campus is located in Bologna, Nanjing, and DC. These three cities are prime locations to find upcoming events about international topics, panel discussions, and more.

Can I get a head start?

Absolutely! At Johns Hopkins SAIS, we have pre-term classes throughout the year where you can take the Online Principles of Economics course to fulfill your microeconomics or macroeconomics requirement. This is a great way to transition to your move in DC during the summer before starting your full load of classes in the fall. 

To find out more about other pre-term courses, click here.