Economics/Mathematics

The study of Economics provides an understanding of economic concepts and the functioning of the economy, in conjunction with economic analysis in problem solving. Mathematics is the study of pattern, structure, and change. The integration of concepts from both Economics and Mathematics creates proficiencies in both fields and provides a foundation for graduates to be successful in advanced study in economics or business.

A degree in Economics and Mathematics from Western is excellent preparation for a career as an economist, or other various fields of study. Students gain critical theory skills through economics and mathematics courses, and have options to follow their pathway of interest with elective courses.

Western’s Economics Department is part of the College of Business and Economics. Western’s Mathematics Department is part of the College of Sciences and Engineering.

 

Beyond the Classroom

The Western Washington University Economics Association is a student-led club that promotes the development of skills to lead members’ transition into the job sector. The club coordinates events to help guide and inspire innovative thinking for economics students and business students alike.

Students wanting to stay involved with mathematics outside of the classroom often work or socialize at the Math Center (staffed by undergraduate Math Fellows, it is a great place to get help with homework, meet other students, and form study groups), join the Putnam Exam group, or participate in the Math Modeling Competition or the Kryptos Cryptography Competition.

Careers and Graduate Studies

A degree in Economics and Math can be an excellent gateway to many careers, particularly ones that require advanced skills in quantitative analysis. The combination of economics and mathematics develops students’ skills in both fields and is particularly well suited for students preparing for graduate work in economics or business.

Professional economists are employed as researchers in both business and government and as teachers and researchers in academic institutions. A career as an economist generally requires the completion of graduate studies beyond the bachelor's degree. Given the importance of math to economic analysis the combined economics/math major has led to a high success rate for admissions to graduate programs in economics and to professional schools in law and business (MBA).

Sample Careers

  • Actuary/Banking
  • Financial Planner/Analyst
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Economic Researcher
  • Corporate Attorney
  • Financial Economist
  • Real Estate
  • Business Management
  • Insurance Consultant

 

Economics/Mathematics, BA

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