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Economics

BA in Economics


Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and the approval of the department undergraduate advisor. The department counsels freshmen and transfer students. 


University Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours 
  • 6 credit hours of college writing 
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination 

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline 

Tracks

General or International 


Major Requirements

  • 37 credit hours with grades of C or better
  • No more than 6 of the 37 credit hours may be fulfilled by
    Washington Economic Policy Semester courses or economics
    courses from study abroad programs.
  • No more than 3 credit hours of independent reading and study
    courses or internships may be applied to the major.
  • Students may not receive credit for ECON-300 Intermediate
    Microeconomics and ECON-400 Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus. Students may not receive credit for ECON-301 Intermediate Macroeconomics and ECON-401 Intermediate Macroeconomics with Calculus.
  • For the International track, demonstration of intermediate level or higher competence in one modern foreign language 

Course Requirements

Core (16 credit hours)

  • ECON-100 Macroeconomics (3) 
  • ECON-200 Microeconomics (3) 
  • ECON-300 Intermediate Microeconomics (3) orECON-400 Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus (3) 
  • ECON-301 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3) or ECON-401 Intermediate Macroeconomics with Calculus (3)
  • STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4) or STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus (4)
  • Capstone (3 credit hours) one of the following: 
  • ECON-480 Research Seminar in Economics (3) 
  • ECON-491 Internship (3)
  • ECON-492 Internship in Teaching Economics (3)
  • Study abroad course with emphasis in economics or political economy at the 300-level or higher (3)

General Track

  • 18  credit hours in economics courses (ECON-xxx) at the 300 level or above. Of these 18 credit hours, 3 credit hours at the 300-level may be taken outside of the Economics Department with the advisor’s approval if the course is closely related to economics.
  • Students may take no more than two of the following:
  • ECON-361 Economic Development
  • ECON-362 Microeconomics of Economic Development
  • ECON-363 Macroeconomics of Economic Development
  • Students may take no more than two of the following:
  • ECON-370 International Economics 
  • ECON-371 International Economics: Trade 
  • ECON-372 International Economics: Finance
  • Note: Students may not receive major credit for both
    ECON-370 International Economics and SISU-300
    Introduction to International Economics.

International Track

  • ECON-371 International Economics: Trade (3) 
  • ECON-372 International Economics: Finance (3) 
  • One of the following: 
  • ECON-351 Comparative Economics Systems (3) 
  • ECON-358 Economics of the World Regions (3) (topics) 
  • ECON-361 Economic Development (3) 
  • ECON-362 Microeconomics of Economic
    Development (3) 
  • ECON-363 Macroeconomics of Economic Development (3)
  • ECON-Economics of the World Regions (3) (topics)
  • ECON-552 Economics of Transition (3) 
  • One of the following: 
  • IBUS-300 Fundamentals of International Business (3) 
  • SISU-320 Topics in Global Economy (3) 
  • 6 credit hours of additional economics courses (ECON-xxx) at the 300 level or above, excluding ECON-370 International Economics.
  • Students may take no more than two of the following: 
  • ECON-361 Economic Development (3) 
  • ECON-362 Microeconomics of Economic Development (3) 
  • ECON-363 Macroeconomics of Economic Development (3)


University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors, students must be admitted to the University Honors Program, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and receive grades of B or better in all University Honors course work. There are three levels of University Honors course requirements: Level I (100-200-level); Level II (300-level and above); and Level III (Honors Capstone Project). The department Honors coordinator advises students in the University Honors Program regarding requirements for graduating with University Honors in the major. For more information, go to the University Honors Program.