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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Economics BS, General Economics Specialization


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General economics students learn to think creatively and deeply about important economic issues facing the world today. Students apply a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives to issues of economic efficiency, economic growth, international trade, public policy, environment, and social justice. Economics teaches valuable critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques that are highly valued in all aspects of business and in government. This specialization provides a great preparation for economics and public policy graduate programs, and law school.

Economics Foundation


Positions of responsibility in today’s world are usually held by individuals who have the capacity to analyze complex problems and make intelligent decisions. Learning economics will help students think logically and improve their ability to use economic concepts to analyze “real-world” problems and opportunities. In addition to preparation for business and government agency employment, an economics major is an excellent preparation for law schools, Master of Business Administration programs, and graduate programs in economics, agricultural economics, and natural resource management.

Admission Requirements
Students can apply to the major as part of their application to CWU, via their MyCWU account, or by emailing CBAdvising@cwu.edu and will be approved for entry to the major once they have completed the college of business agreement to policies.

Requirements for Progression and/or Graduation

To graduate with a degree in economics, students must:

• Earn at least 45 credits at CWU and meet all CWU graduation requirements, including grade point average requirements that apply to all CWU major programs.

• Complete at least 45 credits of coursework applied toward the economics major at CWU.

• Earn at least a 2.25 GPA in all classes applied toward major requirements, with nothing less than a C- (1.7) in any individual course.

When selecting a statistics (BUS 221 or MATH 211) option, students are strongly encouraged to select BUS 221 unless transferring a course to meet the requirement.

For policies that apply to all College of Business programs and requirements, as well as program learner outcomes, please see College of Business .

General Economics Specialization


This specialization is recommended for students desiring the traditional Economics major. Highly recommended supporting courses: MATH 172, MATH 173, and FIN 370.

Department-Approved Electives Credits: 30


  • Any 300- to 400-level economics courses; one accounting course (5) may be selected in place of one economics course.

Total Specialization Credits: 63


Total Credits: 93


College and Department Information


Economics Department  
College of Business  

College of Business Admission Requirements
For information on admission requirements, please go to: College of Business .

Online Availability
The program does not have a designated online only option.

Program Codes
Major plan codes: ECON, ECONP
Specialization plan code: GEEC, GEECP

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