How do I request a change of major?

All students must have at least one major with a degree (i.e. Biology - BS).  To add a 2nd major, select the major listed with no degree (i.e. Biology).

  1. Log into MyMadison, select Student Center.
  2. Select Major/Minor Change from the "Other Academic..." dropdown menu.
    1. To add a program of study select Add Major/Minor
      To narrow your search, select the plan type, change the criteria of plan description to "contains," and enter the beginning letters of the plan.
    2. To drop a program of study, select Drop Major/Minor.
    3. To update a concentration for an existing program of study, select Add/Change Concentration.
  3. After all requests are entered, select Submit Request.

Please note that any student admitted to JMU can declare one of the eight majors offered in the College of Business. However, any student enrolled in one of the B.B.A. programs must meet certain progression standards in order to continue as a business major beyond the first year of study.

Please consult the JMU Undergraduate Catalog for specific information regarding College of Business progression standards.

General Interest Links in Economics

American Economic Association.  Most broadly based of the economics professional associations and publisher of the American Economic Review.

American Economic Association's student pages.  Pages specifically for undergraduate students from the most broadly based of the economics professional associations.

Association of Private Enterprise Education.  Professional association whose mission is "to put into action accurate and objective understandings of private enterprise."

Dismal Scientist.  Good statistics and commentary on current economic issues.

International Association for Feminist Economics.  This non-profit organization advancing feminist inquiry of economic issues has lots of good links and resources on its website.  Microsoft's take on personal finance.  A non-Microsoft take on personal finance.

Occupational Outlook - Economists - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

JMU's Center for Economic Education - Promotes economic literacy in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, as well as provides training and assistance to area teachers and selected adult audiences to further the understanding of economics and the private enterprise system.  Economics Professor William C. Wood is Center Director.

Research Resources
JMU Specific

NBER Working Paper Series.  You can open this database file in Microsoft Access to get an index to working papers from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The papers are available to JMU faculty and staff. Student researchers who would like access should contact the Department Head, Dr. William Wood.

Carrier Library.  Link to the Carrier Library online catalog and many offsite resources.

Econ-Lit database.  Click through this site to open Econ-Lit from any on-campus computer.

More Research Resources

Economic Report of the President (Statistical Tables). The tables issued with the annual Economic Report of the President provide lots of good data.

Economics Resources on the Internet.  An excellent source document, frequently updated, about what's out there.

Government Economic Data.  You paid for it - why not go look at it?  This Census Bureau site is a good place to start.

Off-Campus Career Pages

Here are some pages outside JMU that have good information on careers:

Career information from the American Economic Association: good information from the broadest based professional association in economics.

Careers with the Economics degree: page from college publisher Cengage Learning.

National Economic Research Associates (NERA): economic consulting firm that has hired a number of JMU graduates.

PriceWaterhouseCooper: consulting firm that has hired a number of JMU graduates.

Accenture: consulting firm that has hired a number of JMU graduates.

Career and Major Planning
What to Do and When to Do It.

Before Junior Year:

  • Take basic courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics to determine your level of interest and possible areas for further study.

Junior Year:

Beginning of Senior Year:

  • Prepare a resume and plan a job search in consultation with JMU Career Services and economics faculty.

Fall Semester, Senior Year:

  • Check interview schedules on a regular basis and sign up for appropriate interviews.
  • Send your resume off-campus to selected employers, particularly those who have hired JMU students previously.
  • Take graduate admissions tests (GRE or GMAT, for example) if you are considering graduate school.

Spring Semester, Senior Year:

  • Continue to check interview schedules.
  • Update your resume.
  • Follow-up on interviews.
  • Notify the economics department when you accept a job offer so we can help you celebrate!
Economics Tutoring

Paid Tutors (ECON 200 and 201)

Seth Walker

(757) 651-2607

ECON 200 and 201

Alex Sawyer

(703) 209-3417

ECON 200, 201 and 331

Evan Tunador

(703) 328-7295

ECON 200 and 201

Piper Baum

(757) 784-5393

ECON 200, 331

Damon Roberts


ECON 200 and 201

Harrison Hooper

(757) 650-4886


ECON 200 and 201

Austin Jones

(540) 230–0191

ECON 200 and 201

Larry Leisersohn

(571) 405-1287

ECON 201

Hourly Rate is $25.00. Group rates are negotiable.

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