Economics studies the allocation of scarce resources over competing and alternative uses. Students interested in social and political issues such as income inequality, economic development, sustainable resources use, globalization or the implications of free trade, should consider a major in Economics and its related fields.

The Department of Economics gives students rigorous training in both economic theory and its applications, offering the opportunity to focus in economics or to combine it with a number of complementary subjects. Students in the Economics program have the freedom to tailor their degree by focusing on a number of important areas within economics after building a strong foundation in economics theory and quantitative skills.

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

Beyond 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.

A degree in economics can lead to a number of career paths. Western graduates in economics have found success in business, as advisors and researchers, and in the field of education. Other graduates have gone on to professional schools such as MBA programs or law school. Employment as a professional economist often requires further study and a number of Western economics graduates have gone on to pursue a Ph.D. in economics or a related field.

Employers of Recent Western Graduates:
  • Cambridge Associates: Investment Analyst
  • Cochran, Inc.: Electrical and Technologies Contractor
  • KeyBank: Credit Risk Analyst
  • New York Life Insurance Company: Licensed Agent
  • Peace Corps: Community Economic Development

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

  • University of California: Economics (PhD) 
  • University of Oregon: Economics (MA) 
  • Western Washington University: (MBA)

Sample Jobs

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

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.