The BA in economics provides an excellent preparation for employment
in the private and public sectors, and for graduate study in a variety
of fields, such as law and MBA programs.
The importance of economics among the social sciences, and its appeal
to many students who choose it as a major, reflects its deep intellectual
roots, its rigorous analytical methods, and its powerful ability to explain
social phenomena. An economics major trains students not only in deductive
methods of logic, but also in inductive methods of reasoning using statistical
methods and a variety of social and economic data. A firm foundation in
economics is essential to a meaningful training in business administration,
public administration, or social science.
How to Apply for Admission to the Major
Courses Required to Apply and Admission
Standards for the Major
- A minimum of 45 college or university credits completed including:
- ECON 200 Introduction to Microeconomics
- ECON 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics
- STAT 311 Elements of Statistical Methods
- Approved substitute courses: Q SCI 381, STAT 340, STAT 341, STAT 390, IND E 315, PSYCH 317&318 (both), QMETH 201 (if taken prior to Winter Quarter 2009).
- Not approved: STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 321, Q METH 201 (if taken after Winter Quarter 2009), PSYCH 315, BIS 315.
- One of the following: MATH 112, MATH 124, MATH 134, or MATH
145 (MATH 124 preferred)
- Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the four prerequisite courses above,
with no less than 2.0 in each course..
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all prior college work
including transfer credits, and a minimum GPA of 2.5 for coursework
taken at UW.
- One-page personal statement.
- A grade must be recorded for all of the courses above prior to
admission. Each of these prerequisite courses can only be repeated
once. We will take into account the better of the two grades.
- For prerequisites see the UW
Course Catalog .
- If you have questions about admissions requirements or the economics
major, email an economics adviser at email@example.com
or visit the office during drop-in hours .
How to Apply to the Department of Economics
The application deadline is the 2nd Friday of each quarter (Autumn,
Winter and Spring). Admission is competitive.
Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee admission to the major.
You may apply for admission to the major as soon as you have received
a grade in all the courses listed above. Applications are due
no later than the second Friday of the quarter.
For more information regarding the application, please see How To Apply.
Graduation Requirements: How to
Complete the Major
- Admission to the economics major
- ECON 300 Intermediate Microeconomics. Grade of 2.0 or higher required.
- ECON 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics.Grade of 2.0 or higher required.
- Five ECON courses at the 400 level (25 credits not including ECON
496, 497, or 499.)
- You must complete at least 50 credits in economics courses (courses
with the prefix ECON) which includes the statistics courses taken for
admission, and you must have an average of 2.0 or higher in these 50
- At least 25 credits in economics courses at
the 300 and 400 levels must be taken in residence as a matriculated student at the University
- You must complete all University and College of Arts and Sciences
requirements and 180 credits total for the undergraduate degree..
- You must make an appointment with an advisor to apply to graduate
(no later than the end of the third week of the quarter in which you
wish to graduate). To receive Graduating Senior Priority (GSP) registration,
apply 2 ½ quarters before graduation.
For prerequisites to courses see the UW
Course Catalog .
and University Graduation Requirements , refer to the website or the
Bachelor's Degree Planbook from the Undergraduate Advising Center in 171
Mary Gates Hall.
Both the General Catalog and the Quarterly Time Schedules are available
online in the Student Guide
Section of the UW home page.