The study of Economics provides insights into decision-making, market outcomes and the functioning of the overall economy. Political Science is concerned with the structure and function of both domestic and international political systems, and engaging questions associated with American politics, international politics, public policy and political theory.
The combined Economics / Political Science major provides students with rigorous preparation in both economic theory and applications, and political processes at the national and international levels. By combining coursework in Economics and Political Science, students gain an interdisciplinary perspective important to understanding both political and economic issues. Students are trained in research methods used in Economics and Political Science, giving them interdisciplinary tools for problem solving and policy making. Students in this program will gain insight into a variety of areas including trade, monetary systems, development, and the interplay between politics and economics within the U.S. and the international system.
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
- Financial Planner/Analyst
- Law School
- Real Estate
- Campaign Worker
- Government Consultant