Pre-Term

DC Pre-Term

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Math Preparation
Choosing Courses
Tuition
General Information
Schedule & Textbook Information
Frequently Asked Questions
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Welcome

DC Pre-Term

Dates: July 31 – August 29, 2017


Pre-Term is a full-time program that provides the opportunity for incoming students to get a jump-start on their study of economics, quantitative reasoning, and/or English. Pre-Term courses are non-credit and do not count toward the number of courses/credits required for graduation, but offer the opportunity to complete foundation economics or quantitative reasoning course requirements.

Passing Microeconomics during Pre-Term will lower your required economics courses from 4 to 3, and passing Statistics will meet your quantitative reasoning requirement. This allows additional room for general electives, in addition to creating more room for specializations and minors. 

Participants may enroll in the following courses:

  • Math for Economics 
  • Microeconomics
  • Statistics
  • English


Successful completion of Pre-Term courses is noted by High Pass (HP) or Pass (P) on a student's transcript. No mention of Pre-Term is noted for failed courses. Students who enroll in but do not pass Pre-Term courses must take these courses for credit during the academic year.

 
Bologna Pre-Term

Please note that Washington Pre-Term operations are separate from those in Bologna. Class schedules, eligibility requirements and tuition will differ across the two campuses. Click here to be redirected to the Bologna Pre-Term Web site.

Math Preparation

Math plays an integral part in building the type of sound understanding of economics you will be expected to develop as a student. All incoming students will receive access to online courses in Blackboard that will provide resources such as video tutorials, lessons, problem sets and quizzes to assist you in this preparation. Students are strongly encouraged to work through the material prior to their arrival at the school. By tackling these math skills, your experience at the school will be easier, more enjoyable and much more rewarding. For those not comfortable with online learning, an in-person Math for Economics course is offered during Pre-Term.

Students will be given access to the Blackboard sites in mid-May if they have submitted their matriculation fees.

Note: Students enrolling in Microeconomics in Pre-Term must either pass the math exams at the end of the online Blackboard courses, or have previously taken and passed calculus and/or intermediate microeconomics.

Choosing Courses

Course Offerings

Students can enroll in the following offerings during Pre-Term:
  • Math for Economics
  • Statistics
  • Microeconomics
  • English

Microeconomics at SAIS is taught at the intermediate level and utilizes basic calculus, such as functions and derivatives. For this reason, we highly recommend that students who have limited experience with calculus enroll in the Math for Economics course to ensure a successful experience at SAIS. We strongly encourage all students to review the Pre-Calculus and Calculus Blackboard sites and take the exams prior to arriving at Pre-Term in order to assess your understanding of the material.

Enrolling in Microeconomics and Statistics during Pre-Term will be a very heavy course load. For this reason, in order to enroll in this combination of courses, students must have taken and passed one of these courses previously. Other combinations such as English and Statistics, or Math and Statistics, are more managable and will be allowed without prior coursework.


Pre-Term has 2 course time slots; one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. Students may register for one course, or one offering from each time slot (if eligible).
 

Morning Offerings Afternoon Offerings
Statistics Microeconomics
English Math for Economics
  English

 

Eligibility for Pre-Term Courses

Math for Economics: No pre-requisites or eligibility requirements

Statistics: No pre-requisites or eligibility requirements

Microeconomics: Must 1) have taken and passed the course before with a B- or better, 2) have passed calculus at a prior university with a B- or better, and/or 3) have passed both the Pre-Calculus and Calculus online exams offered through Blackboard

English: No pre-requisites or eligibility requirements

Microeconomics AND Statistics: Must have taken and passed one of these courses previously as this will be an immensely heavy course load


Tuition


Please read the information on the Choosing Courses tab to determine the best course or combination of courses for you. The chart below can be used to determine your tuition, based on the course(s) you are enrolling in.


  Micro Stats English Math
Micro $1400 $2000 $2000 N/A
Statistics $2000 $1400 $2000 $2000
English $2000 $2000 $1400 $2000
Math N/A $2000 $2000 $1100


General Information

Housing

The school does not provide housing for students. However, suggestions for finding housing in the Washington, DC area are listed here. The school also maintains an internal housing board that lists summer sublets and year-round housing opportunities. It is recommended that Pre-Term students secure housing in Washington prior to the start of the program.

Insurance

Incoming students should note that the University Student Health Insurance Plan will not provide coverage until August 15, 2017. Pre-Term students are therefore responsible for finding and/or maintaining their own health insurance coverage until that date. Click here for more information about health insurance requirements.

Disabilities Services

If you are a student with a documented disability who requires accommodations or if you think you may have a disability and want to inquire about accommodations, please contact Khorey Baker, Director of Student Life, at 202.663.5705 or in person in the Nitze Building, Room 306. Click here for more information about the process for requesting accommodations.

Pre-Term information is subject to change without prior notice.

Schedule

Pre-Term requires a full-time commitment for the duration of the program. Classes are held 3-4 times per week. In addition, students should plan on attending economics TA sessions and office hours in the evenings and on weekends. Regular attendance at TA sessions is strongly recommended. Pre-Term students should also make every effort to attend the special events held throughout the program. These events include lunches with deans and faculty, academic presentations and happy hours.

An updated schedule will be given to all participants when they check in at the school on the first day of the program. All classes begin that day.

Note: these schedules are subject to change without prior notice.


Important Dates to Remember:
· Registration Deadline: July 7, 2017

· Tuition Deadline: July 21, 2017

· Course Dates: July 31 – August 29, 2017

Pre-Term information is subject to change without prior notice
 


 

2017 Textbook Information

 
Microeconomics:
Microeconomics, 7th or 8th Edition
Pindyck and Rubinfeld
 
Statistics
Statistics for Business and Economics, 10th, 11th or 12th Edition
David Anderson

English
They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, 2nd Edition
Graff and Birkenstein

Frequently Asked Questions

IS PARTICIPATION IN PRE-TERM REQUIRED?
No, but a majority of the incoming class of MA candidates attends. Pre-Term is highly recommended for those who want to get a jump-start on their study of economics and quantitative reasoning. Many students prefer to avoid using the 16 non-language courses needed for graduation to satisfy economics and quantitative reasoning requirements. Pre-Term offers the possibility of completing up to two foundation economics courses as a way of allowing more room for general electives.

IS PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS OR PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS OFFERED DURING PRE-TERM?
No. Students may take the Online Principles of Economics course that begins in May to satisfy all principles requirements. Alternatively students may enroll in Principles of Economics course work at any accredited institution, such as a local or community college or an online program.

THE COMBINED ONLINE PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS COURSE IS ONLY ONE CLASS. DOES IT COUNT AS TWO PRINCIPLES CLASSES?
Yes. The Online Principles of Economics course is the equivalent of two semesters or one year of Principles of Economics. The Online Principles course covers both Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, and prepares students for intermediate Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

IF I TAKE THE ONLINE ECONOMICS WAIVER EXAM(S), CAN I ATTEND PRE-TERM?
Yes. If you take the economics waiver exam offerings in Microeconomics and/or Statistics, you are still eligible to participate in Pre-Term, if necessary. For example, if you pass the Microeconomics waiver exam, you can enroll in Statistics during Pre-Term and vice versa.

CAN I TAKE A WAIVER EXAM(S) IF I FAIL PRE-TERM?
No. If you fail a Pre-Term course, you must take that course for credit as part of your curriculum during the year. Students may attempt each economics waiver exam once before matriculating at the school.

WILL EXTRA HELP BE PROVIDED OUTSIDE OF CLASS?
Yes. We offer TA sessions throughout the pporgram. These sessions are offered during weekday evenings and weekend afternoons. Regular attendance is strongly encouraged. TA sessions and office hours provide a valuable opportunity to practice and absorb concepts learned in class.

HOW CAN I REFRESH MY MATH SKILLS OR LEARN NEW SKILLS?
Students can enroll in Math for Economics, which will largely focus on the calculus needed to succeed in Microeconomics. All incoming students will also receive access to an online course in Blackboard that will provide tutorials, lessons, problem sets and quizzes to assist you in this preparation. Students will be given access to the Blackboard site in mid-May once they have submitted their matriculation fees. Economics teaching assistants are available to provide additional help with math concepts throughout Pre-Term.
 
I MET THE MINIMUM ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT WHEN I APPLIED TO THE SCHOOL. WHY SHOULD I TAKE PRE-TERM ENGLISH?
Although not required, non-native English speakers are strongly encouraged to take Pre-Term English. The course provides training in important writing, listening and speaking skills that can help students successfully transition to their fall semester course load. Pre-Term English may also be useful in preparing students to take the required English proficiency exam.

CAN JANUARY ENTRANTS ATTEND?
Yes, those who started at SAIS in January are welcome to attend Pre-Term.

CAN HOPKINS-NANJING CENTER ENTRANTS ATTEND?
Yes. Students who will be traveling to China to complete the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) Certificate or MA in International Studies are eligible to participate in the Washington Pre-Term. The eligibility requirements for specific course work are the same for all students. HNC students are also eligible to participate in the Online Principles of Economics course prior to Pre-Term.

HOW DO PRE-TERM ECONOMICS COURSES COMPARE WITH CLASSES DURING THE REGULAR ACADEMIC YEAR?
Pre-Term courses are basically equivalent. Pre-Term Microeconomics and Statistical Methods have the same number of class sessions as during the regular academic year. However, Pre-Term courses are much more compressed with less time to study and do problem sets in between sessions.

CAN I PARTICIPATE IN PRE-TERM IN BOTH WASHINGTON, DC, AND BOLOGNA, ITALY?
No. Due to overlapping dates you can participate in either DC or Bologna Pre-Term.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PRE-TERM IN BOLOGNA?
Pre-Term operations in Bologna are entirely separate from Pre-Term in Washington, DC. Check the Bologna Center Web site for information about Pre-Term in Bologna.

I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OTHER SAIS PROGRAMS. HOW CAN I FIND ANSWERS?
Try visiting our Links page. If your question isn't addressed there, please contact us and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS. HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?
Phone: 202.663.5671
Fax: 202.663.5670
E-mail: preterm@jhu.edu

Register for Pre-Term

Registration for DC Pre-Term is closed. Please contact preterm@jhu.edu with any questions.