danyjtan

10-29-2010, 10:06 PM

Hey guys,

I'm looking at my course classes for my last semester at undergrad and I have a dilemma.

Do I choose being a math major (I'm already an econ major) over taking more useful classes in my last semester before I dive into a Econ masters program? (I'm going to those programs which will give me a stepping stone in the PhD program)

If I choose the former, then my course load will be:

1. Econ Senior Seminar (basically just a class writing a research paper)

2. Statistical Theory (part of the Probability-Stats sequence; I'm taking probability right now)

3. Mathematics Thesis (doing a thesis on cooperative game theory, mechanism design stuff)

(maybe?)

4. Real Analysis 1 (very unlikely I can handle taking this class when I have to write a math thesis and do stat theory with the same hard-*** professor I'm busting my guts out for this semester in Probability)

If I choose the latter, my courseload will be:

1. Econ Senior Seminar

2. Real Analysis 1

3. Topology (point set topology with additional topics from geometric and algebraic if time permits)

I'll only take 3 classes in this scenario since the idea is to set aside time to basically do proofs every single day, Saturday and Sunday included.

Right now my math background is still really weak. I have forgotten everything from my Vector calc class and my ability to write proofs is still very weak.

What do I do?! I guess if I can get into Tuft's Ms Econ program I can tailor my schedule to take advanced proof-based math classes in addition to grad econ classes but wouldn't it be better to REALLY know how to write proofs in undergrad?

I'm looking at my course classes for my last semester at undergrad and I have a dilemma.

Do I choose being a math major (I'm already an econ major) over taking more useful classes in my last semester before I dive into a Econ masters program? (I'm going to those programs which will give me a stepping stone in the PhD program)

If I choose the former, then my course load will be:

1. Econ Senior Seminar (basically just a class writing a research paper)

2. Statistical Theory (part of the Probability-Stats sequence; I'm taking probability right now)

3. Mathematics Thesis (doing a thesis on cooperative game theory, mechanism design stuff)

(maybe?)

4. Real Analysis 1 (very unlikely I can handle taking this class when I have to write a math thesis and do stat theory with the same hard-*** professor I'm busting my guts out for this semester in Probability)

If I choose the latter, my courseload will be:

1. Econ Senior Seminar

2. Real Analysis 1

3. Topology (point set topology with additional topics from geometric and algebraic if time permits)

I'll only take 3 classes in this scenario since the idea is to set aside time to basically do proofs every single day, Saturday and Sunday included.

Right now my math background is still really weak. I have forgotten everything from my Vector calc class and my ability to write proofs is still very weak.

What do I do?! I guess if I can get into Tuft's Ms Econ program I can tailor my schedule to take advanced proof-based math classes in addition to grad econ classes but wouldn't it be better to REALLY know how to write proofs in undergrad?