Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
What Is the Study of Economics/Accounting?
The study of Economics will provide an understanding of economic concepts and the functioning of the economy in addition to the ability to apply economic analysis in problem solving. The Economics Department strives to provide a program which gives students rigorous training in both economic theory and applications.
Accounting is an important tool used by managers of organizations to plan, control and report financial activity. A thorough knowledge of Accounting is necessary to understand the operation and financial condition of any business, non-profit organization or governmental agency.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
This major is designed for students wishing to obtain a strong preparation in both Economics and Accounting and especially those who intend to go into careers in business. It is an excellent undergraduate study for the Master of Business Administration.
How to Declare:
Pre-major: Status is granted to students who have confirmed admission to WWU, completed 45 credits, and earned a GPA of 2.5 overall or 2.75 in the foundation courses they have completed.
Full major: Students must have completed the following requirements:
- Confirmed admission to WWU and have 45 credits or be in the CBE Distinguished Scholars program.
- Be in good academic standing with the University and meet one of the following GPA requirements: Either: 1) a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the eight Foundation Courses listed below, including grades from transfer courses and Advanced Placement credit or 2) a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 in all college-level course work including transfer work.
- Foundation courses:
- MATH 157 Calculus with Applications to Business and Economics
- ACCT 240 Financial Accounting ECON 206 Introduction to Microeconomics
- ACCT 245 Managerial Accounting ECON 207 Introduction to Macroeconomics
- DSCI 205 Business Statistics MGMT 271 Law and the Business Environment
- MIS 220 Intro: Business Computer Systems w/lab (or equivalent, or exam)
Provisional major: Major status is granted provisionally to students who are completing their last foundation course(s) and would be eligible for full major status upon successful completion of their current course work.
How to apply: For consideration as a pre-major, provisional major or full major, complete the online application form at: http://www.cbe.wwu.edu/College/Applications.asp.
Advising tips: 1) Complete MATH 157 and DSCI 205 requirements early; 2) For information regarding the MIS 220 Equivalency Exam see the Department of Decision Sciences website for test-out information: http://www.cbe.wwu.edu/dsci/MIS220Exam.asp 3) Meet with your faculty advisor (assigned following admission to the major).
- ACCT 240 - Financial Accounting
- ACCT 245 - Managerial Accounting
- DSCI 205 - Business Statistics
- ECON 206 - Introduction to Microeconomics
- ECON 207 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
- MGMT 271 - Law and the Business Environment
- MIS 220 - Introduction to Business Computer Systems (or equivalent)
- One course from:
- MATH 124 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
- MATH 157 - Calculus With Applications to Business and Economics (or equivalent)
- ACCT 321 - Accounting Information Systems I
- ACCT 341 - Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice I
- ACCT 342 - Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice II
- ACCT 343 - Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice III
- ECON 303 - The History of Economic Thought
- ECON 306 - Intermediate Microeconomics
- ECON 307 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
- ECON 311 - Money and Banking
- FIN 341 - Principles of Finance
- MGMT 311 - Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior
- MGMT 382 - Business and Its Environment
- MKTG 380 - Principles of Marketing
- OPS 360 - Operations Management
- One course from:
- MGMT 492 - Entrepreneurial Problems
- MGMT 495 - Strategic Management
- 8 additional credits in upper-division accounting courses, under departmental advisement
- 8 additional credits in upper-division economics courses, under departmental advisement
- Take one Communication Focus (CF) course and a minimum of three writing proficiency points in approved upper-division writing proficiency courses (WP-3 points) at WWU with a minimum grade of C-. The CF and WP courses must be taken within CBE and can be completed as part of the above required and elective courses, prior to graduation. Consult the Timetable of Classes for the specific course sections that fulfill the CF and WP requirements.
These courses are offered within this major and may be used to satisfy GUR or Writing Proficiency Requirements.
- QSR: MATH 124, 157
- SSC: ECON 206, 207; MGMT 271
- Actuary/ Banking
- Financial Planner/ Analyst
- Corporate Attorney
- Real Estate
- Insurance Consultant
CBE Admissions & Scholarships
Parks Hall 419, 360-650-3896
Economics Major Information
Academic Department Manager
PH 315, 360-650-3910
Economics Department Chair
Professor Paul Storer
PH 315A, 360-650-6531
Accounting Major Information
Academic Department Manager
PH 451, 360-650-3202
Accounting Department Chair
Professor George Sanders
PH 451A, 360-650-4811