Economics/Political Science

The study of Economics provides an understanding of economic concepts and the functioning of the economy, in conjunction with economic analysis in problem solving. Modern Political Science is equally concerned with questions of political philosophy and with the pursuit of social scientific research.

The combined Economics/Political Science major provides students rigorous preparation in both economic theory and applications with in-depth analysis of political theory. By combining coursework in both Economics and Political Science, students gain an interdisciplinary perspective important to political and economic issues. Students in this program will gain insight into a variety of areas including trade, monetary systems, and the interplay between politics and economics.

Western’s Economics Department is part of the College of Business and Economics. The Political Science Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Beyond the Classroom

Students in the Economics/Political Science major have opportunities to get involved with both economics and politics outside of the classroom. The WWU Student Economics Association (SEA) 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.

The Political Economy Club: The Political Economy Club is a community of students interested in the subject of political economy. The goal is to create a space for education and discussion and to enhance the interdisciplinary experience of students interested in the subject.  This student group may be of particular interest to students in the Economics/Political Science and Politics/Philosophy/Economics majors. 

Political Science has two other active student clubs, the Political Science Association (PSA) and the International Affairs Association (IAA).  Students in the IAA regularly participate in regional and national Model UN Conferences. Over the years, the Western team has garnered numerous accolades for their participation in these events.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Western’s Economics/Political Science curriculum prepares students for careers in public service-related occupations in both government and business, including international development, international trade, and international relations. Many students majoring in Economics/Political Science go on to law school, graduate school and other professions.

Western graduates who pursue graduate studies are doing so at such schools as:

  • American University's School of International Service
  • Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies
  • New York University's Stern School of Business
  • Seattle University
  • Iowa State University


Sample Careers

  • Attorney
  • Financial Planner/Analyst
  • Law School
  • Politician
  • Economist
  • Banking
  • Real Estate
  • Entrepreneur
  • Campaign Worker
  • Insurance
  • Government Consultant


Economics/Political Science, BA

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