Combined major offered by the Department of Economics, College of Business and Economics and the Department of Social Studies Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
This major is open to any student, but is specifically designed for students desiring to pursue a career in teaching.
To receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification, students must complete the “teacher certification” program, including the content methods course SEC 426, which is offered by the Department of Secondary Education 1) as a part of the undergraduate BA degree, or 2) as a post baccalaureate program, or 3) as a part of the Master’s in Teaching program. See the Secondary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements. Completion of this combined major leads to an endorsement in social studies.
Admission and Declaration Process
Students planning to major in Economics/Social Studies 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 this combined 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: 1) Confirmed admission to Western Washington University 2) Achieved a 2.5 cumulative college GPA (including transfer work).
Students apply for admission to the major by completing the online application form at: http://www.cbe.wwu.edu/College/Applications.asp
A 2.0 (C) minimum course grade is required in each course taken in the major.
Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.