Joint Majors Requirements

This section provides a list of pre-approved joint majors that MMSS students may choose from. Choice of a joint major not on this list must be approved by the director of MMSS. For each joint major, the extent to which required courses in the MMSS program can be used to meet the requirements of the joint major is described.

For students’ convenience, a summary of the main requirements for each joint major is also provided. However, all of the detailed requirements for each joint major are not necessarily described in full. Students should consult documents issued by the relevant department for detailed descriptions of the complete requirements for any major. This document generally lists the most current major requirements for each department. In some cases, requirements for a major will change during the time a student is at Northwestern. Weinberg’s general rule is that students can graduate under any major or minor requirements in effect during their years as Northwestern undergraduates, and they can also pick different years for different majors or minors. It is always a good idea for students to confirm their understanding of the requirements they need to fulfill for their joint major with the relevant department.

Three general college-wide rules that apply for meeting requirements of joint majors are:

(i) the same course may not be applied to the major requirements of two departments, but that

(ii) a course used as a major course in one department may also fulfill a related course

requirement for another major program, and

(iii) a single thesis cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of two different majors.

In some cases, MMSS students are granted exceptions to rule (i) above (i.e., in some cases MMSS students are allowed to count a required MMSS course as a course satisfying a requirement for both the MMSS major and the other major). These cases are described in this section. 

The extent to which required MMSS courses can be used to fulfill related course requirements under rule (ii) is also explained.

Finally, in some cases MMSS students are also granted an exception to rule (iii). Namely in some cases MMSS students are allowed to use a single thesis to meet the thesis requirement of MMSS and their additional major, so long as the thesis is only used to apply for honors in one of the two majors. Students that wish to apply for honors in both MMSS and their additional major must write two separate theses. However, there is also an option open to students where they can submit a single thesis to receive interdisciplinary honors in MMSS and their other major.  A detailed discussion of all these issues can be found at Thesis and Honors Guidelines

a) Anthropology

Summary of requirements for the major

ANTHRO 211 ANTHRO 215

ANTHRO 213 ANTHRO 370

ANTHRO 214

Five additional 300-level anthropology courses subject to restrictions listed in the catalog.

Four related courses.

ANTHRO 398 (senior year)

Requirements fulfilled by MMSS courses

MATH 385-0 counts as a 300-level anthropology course.

MMSS 211-1, MMSS 211-2, MMSS 211-3, MMSS 311-1 and MMSS 311-2 count as related courses.

b) Economics

Summary of requirements for the major

ECON 201

ECON 202

ECON 281

ECON 310-1

ECON 310-2

ECON 311

MATH 220-0

STAT 210

Six additional 300-level economics courses.

Three related courses.

Requirements for MMSS students to obtain a joint major in economics

In addition to taking all of the required MMSS courses, students must take ECON 201, ECON 311 and five additional 300-level economics courses in order to obtain a joint major in economics.

NOTES:

  • MMSS students should not register for ECON 202 or ECON 310-1 because the material in these courses is covered in MMSS 211-1.
  • MMSS students with a strong high school background in macroeconomics should consult with the director of undergraduate studies in economics regarding whether they should take ECON 201, Introduction to Macroeconomics, or could instead directly enter into Economics 311, Intermediate Macroeconomics, after completing MMSS 211-1. 
  • In cases where students enter the program as sophomores, it is possible that they may have taken ECON 310-1 as freshmen prior to joining the program. In these cases, students are excused from taking MMSS 211-1. (Entering sophomores who have taken ECON 202 but not ECON 310-1 should register for MMSS 211-1.)
  • MMSS students may take ECON 310-2 and have it count as one their five additional 300-level courses. However, they are not required to take ECON 310-2.
  • MMSS students should not register for ECON 380-1 or ECON 380-2 because the material in these courses is covered in the MMSS game theory courses, MMSS 211-2 and MMSS 311-1.
  • MMSS students should not register for ECON 381-1 or ECON 381-2 because the material in these courses is covered in MATH 386-1 and MATH 386-2.

c) History

Summary of requirements for the major

Hist 393 and Hist 395.

Ten 200- or 300-level history courses, including six in an area of concentration.

Two of the ten courses above must deal with non-western history or the history of Europe before1800.

Four related courses in at least two departments.

Requirements fulfilled by MMSS courses

MMSS 211-1, MMSS 211-2, MMSS 211-3, MMSS 311-1 and MMSS 311-2 count as related courses.

d) Linguistics

Summary of requirements for the major

LING 250, LING 260, LING 270.

Nine 300-level linguistics courses subject to restrictions listed in the catalog.

Four related courses.

Requirements fulfilled by MMSS courses

MMSS 311-1 and MMSS 311-2 count as 300-level linguistics courses.

MMSS 211-1, MMSS 211-2 and MMSS 211-3 count as related courses.


e) Political Science

Summary of the requirements for the major

Three 200-level courses in political science chosen from a specified list.

Nine 300-level courses in political science. One of these must be POLI SCI 310, POLI SCI 311, POLI SCI 312 or POLI SCI 315. Another one must be a POLI SCI 395.

Requirements fulfilled by MMSS courses

MATH 385-0 counts as POLI SCI 310.

MMSS 311-2 counts as a 300-level political science course.

f) Psychology

Summary of the requirements for the major

PSYCH 110, PSYCH 201, PSYCH 205.

Eight additional psychology courses subject to restrictions listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Five courses from mathematics, computer science, statistics, or the natural sciences subject to restrictions listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Requirements fulfilled by MMSS courses 

MATH 385-0 counts as PSYCH 201.

MATH 285-1, MATH 285-2, MATH 285-3, MATH 386-1 and MATH 386-2 count as the five required courses in mathematics, computer science, statistics, or the natural sciences.

MMSS 311-2 counts as a 300-level column B (cognitive psychology/neuroscience) course when it covers decision making and is taught by a faculty member from the Department of Psychology.  However, MMSS 311-2 does not automatically count towards the Psychology major requirement in this fashion even when the above requirement is met.  Instead, students must receive individual approval for MMSS 311-2 to count towards the Psychology major in this fashion from a Department of Psychology advisor.

NOTES:

  • MMSS students ARE required to take PSYCH 205. They should keep in mind that PSYCH 201 or an approved substitute (e.g., MATH 385-0) is a prerequisite for PSYCH 205. 

g) Sociology

Summary of requirements for the major

SOC 226, SOC 303, SOC 329, SOC 306

SOC 398-1 and SOC 398-2 (if writing a senior thesis) or two 300-level sociology courses (if not writing a thesis.)

Two additional sociology courses at the 100- or 200-level.

Four additional 300-level sociology courses subject to restrictions listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Four related courses.

Requirements fulfilled by MMSS courses 

MATH 385-0 counts as SOC 303.

MATH 386-2, MMSS 211-1, MMSS 211-2, MMSS 211-3, MMSS 311-1 and MMSS 311-2 count as related courses.

NOTES:

  •  MMSS students ARE required to take SOC 226 and SOC 329.

h) Statistics

Summary of requirements for the major

STAT 320-2, 3;  STAT 325;  three additional 300-level statistics electives.

Summary of requirements for the minor

STAT 320-2, 3;  STAT 325;  one additional 300-level statistics elective.

Requirements fulfilled by MMSS courses

In both cases of either a major or a minor in statistics, STAT 202 is waived, MATH 385 counts in place of STAT 320-1, and the combination of MATH 386-1 and MATH 386-2 counts in place of STAT 350.