Sat 28 Jan 2006
Fellow Eph Blogger Ronit Bhattacharyya ’07 had this to day in a recent comment thread.
I’m now at a point where I might not take any Econ electives at all in my junior spring, leaving two to take in senior year along with the senior seminar. Even as a junior with decent grades and a number of profs who know me well, everything is closed up. This is partially my fault – I didn’t start pleading with profs early enough. But this is the sort of problem that I thought only occurred in large state schools…it’s certainly the first time I’ve experienced it at Williams.
Just how much of an enrollment problem will the Economics Department face this spring? Is it just Ronit or are some/many/most junior economics majors feeling constricted? Again, I don’t think that this is anyone’s fault. No one expected 100+ majors in the class of ’07. But it would be nice to have an accurate sense of the scale of the problem.
Here is the info on spring registration.
Economics ECON 110 Principles of Microeconomics 29 40 44 39 ECON 120 Principles of Macroeconomics 20 48 42 41 ECON 204 Econ Developmnt Poor Countries 40 33 33 38 ECON 207 China Econ Transfmtn Since1980 20 8 9 27 ECON 221 Economics of the Environment 7 8 36 ECON 251 Price and Allocation Theory 21 15 17 17 23 ECON 252 Macroeconomics 26 20 18 21 24 ECON 253 Empirical Economic Methods 10 19 19 18 40 ECON 255 Econometrics 23 18 23 12 33 ECON 362 Global Competitive Strategies 24 23 24 24 22 ECON 363 Money and Banking 25 19 27 18 ECON 367 Empirical Methds Macreconomics 12 16 ECON 382 Industrial Organization 25 ECON 383 Cities, Regions & the Economy 12 ECON 385 Game and Information 7 15 26 20 ECON 386 Envir Policy&Nat Resource Mgmt 7 23
On the far right is, I think, the number of pre-registered students. Other numbers are the enrollment in the class for prior years. I am not sure what the missing numbers mean for courses like ECON 363. Not being offered? The number of courses offered seems small.
It sure does seem that Ronit does not have a lot of options. Indeed, is there a single 300 level class that has space for him to sign up?
If the situation is really as dire as Ronit makes it out to be, I would expect the department to bring in some visitors, at least for a semester or two. But perhaps I am reading too much into his comments . . .
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