Sep 30, 2023  
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog 
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog

Economics/Accounting, BA

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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Combined major offered by the department of Economics and the department of Accounting, College of Business and Economics.

100-103 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. Accounting is an important tool used by managers of organizations to plan, control and report financial activity. A thorough knowledge of Accounting is necessary to understand the operation and financial condition of any business, non-profit organization or governmental agency.

Why Consider an Economics/Accounting Major?

This major is designed for students wishing to obtain a strong preparation in both Economics and Accounting and especially those who intend to go into careers in business. It is an excellent undergraduate study for the Master of Business Administration.

 Contact Information

CBE Admissions
& Scholarships

Dean’s Office
Parks Hall 419

Economics Department Chair
Matthew Roelofs
Parks Hall 451A

Economic Major Information: Academic Department Manager
Diane Brearley
Parks Hall 315


Accounting Department Chair
Audrey Taylor
Parks Hall 437

Accounting Major Information: Academic Department Manager
Morgan Freed
Parks Hall 451

 Sample Careers

Actuary/Banking | Financial Planner/Analyst | Accountant | Corporate Attorney | Insurance Consultant

 Major/Career Resources

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

How to apply: Students who meet the requirements will be assured of admission if space is available in the department program of choice. For consideration as a pre-major, provisional major or full major, complete the online application form at:

Pre-major: Students, who have confirmed admission to WWU, are in good academic standing with the University, have completed 45 credits, and earned a GPA of 2.5 overall including all previous institutions, a minimum of 2.50 cumulative GPA in all courses taken at Western, and a WWU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher will be granted pre-major status. Pre-majors automatically become full majors upon completion of the minimum requirements.

Full major: Students must have completed the following requirements:

  • Confirmed admission to WWU and have 45 credits or be in the CBE Distinguished Scholars program.
  • Be in good academic standing with the University and earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 in all college-level course work including transfer work.
  • Minimum of 2.50 cumulative GPA in all courses taken at Western.
  • Completion of all foundation courses with C- or better.

Provisional major: Major status is granted provisionally to students who are completing their last foundation course(s) and would be eligible for full major status upon successful completion of their current course work.

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:; 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.


Upper-Division Courses

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