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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, BA

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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Department of Economics, College of Business and Economics

66-69 credits


The study of Economics will provide an understanding of economic concepts and the functioning of the economy in addition to the ability to apply economic analysis in problem solving. The Economics Department strives to provide a program which gives students rigorous training in both economic theory and applications.

Why Consider an Economics Major?

A degree in Economics can be the gateway to many careers. Professional economists are employed as advisors and researchers in both business and government and as teachers and researchers in academic institutions. Employment as an Economist generally requires the completion of graduate studies beyond the bachelor’s degree. Western’s graduates in Economics hold a variety of jobs in business and teaching. In addition, many of Economics graduates have had a high success rate for admissions to professional schools in law and business.

 Contact Information

CBE Admissions & Scholarships
Dean’s Office
Parks Hall 419

Department Chair
Matthew Roelofs
Parks Hall 315A

Major Information:
Academic Department Manager

Diane Brearley
Parks Hall 315

 Sample Careers

Actuary/Banking | Financial Planner/Analyst | Urban/Regional Planner | Economic Researcher | Corporate Attorney | Financial Economist | Real Estate | Business Management | Insurance Consultant

 Major/Career Resources


How to declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students planning to major in Economics should declare their major as early as possible, preferably their first year at Western. Completion of the CBE foundation courses is not required to declare a major in economics.

Admission to programs in the College of Business and Economics (CBE) is selective and based upon prior academic performance and other evidence of high promise. For admission to CBE as a full Economics major, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Confirmed admission to Western Washington University
  • Achieved a 2.5 cumulative college GPA (including transfer work)

Students apply for admission to the major by completing the online application form at: cbe.wwu.edu/apply-cbe.

Advising tips: 1) Complete MATH 157 and DSCI 205 requirements early; 2) For information regarding the MIS 220 Equivalency Exam see the Department of Decision Sciences website for test-out information; cbe.wwu.edu/mis-220-test-out; 3) Meet with your faculty advisor (assigned following admission to the major).

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


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