Originally Posted by

**coloradoecon**
Bayes, given that the OP has not decided between Applied Mathematics PhD or Economics PhD (and has just finished freshman year, so they have lots of time), I would recommend they keep Abstract Algebra unless they decide to pursue an Economics PhD, as most graduate math programs want to see two semesters of Algebra (as well as two semesters of Analysis).

You have a very challenging courseload, good luck! You look like you are driven, which is good. I might consider moving the Abstract Algebra to your junior year, and take an analysis sequence during your sophomore year. This will prepare you well for the graduate micro courses you want to take during junior year. Given your school (T30), if you manage to get excellent grades with this course-load, and have good research experience, you should be competitive basically everywhere.

Edit: I'm realizing you are taking the entire first-year PhD sequence in your sophomore and junior years. That probably is not necessary (like Bayes says, drop Macro) and potentially has more risk than reward. The Metrics and Micro sequence is worth taking, but I would ask the professors whether it is okay to take Metrics I without any previous coursework in probability / statistics in a math department. I don't think I would have been able to succeed without my prior training in rigorous probability / stats courses.

Additionally, consider taking a lighter load your last year, and doing an independent thesis project. You will also be applying then, which will consume quite a bit of your time.

I think you'll learn, the more you RA and work more closely with professors, that an Economics PhD is not about coursework, but about producing research and developing research skills. The coursework is an means to that goal of producing research.