Bachelor of Arts


The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Economics provides an excellent preparation for employment in the private and public sectors, and for graduate study in a variety of fields, such as law and MBA programs.

The importance of economics among the social sciences, and its appeal to many students who choose it as a major, reflects its deep intellectual roots, its rigorous analytical methods, and its powerful ability to explain social phenomena. An economics major trains students not only in deductive methods of logic, but also in inductive methods of reasoning using statistical methods and a variety of social and economic data. A firm foundation in economics is essential to a meaningful training in business administration, public administration, or social science.

**Starting Autumn 2020, both the BA and BS in Economics are designated as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors. 

Courses Required for Application

  1. A minimum of 45 college or university credits completed including:
    • ECON 200 Introduction to Microeconomics
    • ECON 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics
    • STAT 311 Elements of Statistical Methods (formerly ECON 311)
      • Acceptable substitutes for STAT 311: Q SCI 381, STAT 340, STAT 341, STAT 390.
      • IND E 315 is acceptable, for students also pursuing College of Engineering disciplines.
      • PSYCH 317 & 318 are acceptable, if both are completed, for students also pursuing Psychology.
      • Not acceptable: BIOST 310, STAT 220, STAT 290, STAT 321, STAT 394, PSYCH 315, Q METH 201.
    • MATH 124 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
      • Acceptable substitute for MATH 124: MATH 134
      • Not acceptable: MATH 112, Q SCI 291, Q SCI 292
    • One English Composition course 
    • Completion of the RTW assessment 
  2. Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the four prerequisite courses above (ECON 200, ECON 201, MATH 124, STAT 311), with no less than 2.0 in each course.
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all prior college work including transfer credits, and a minimum GPA of 2.5 for coursework taken at UW.
  4. A grade must be recorded for all of the courses above prior to admission. Each of these prerequisite courses can only be repeated once. We will take into account the better of the two grades. Academic credits earned from AP, IB, and A-Level exams are acceptable.

Application for Admission

See the How to Apply page for application instructions and details.

Courses Required to Graduate

  1. Admission to the economics major
  2. ECON 300* Intermediate Microeconomics. Grade of 2.0 or higher required.
  3. ECON 301* Intermediate Macroeconomics.Grade of 2.0 or higher required.
  4. ECON 382* Introduction to Econometrics (Note: A student may use a higher-level econometrics course -- ECON 424, 482, 483, or 484 -- to fulfill this requirement. To reach 50 ECON credits, an additional ECON 4XX-level course may be required. See chart below. Contact for a Degree Audit adjustment if pursuing this substitution.) 
  5. Five ECON courses at the 400 level (25 credits not including ECON 496, 497, or 499.) A minimum of 15 credits of 400-level ECON courses must be taken at UW.
  6. You must complete at least 50 credits in economics courses (courses with the prefix "ECON"), and you must have an average of 2.0 or higher in these 50 credits. (In other words, your ECON grade point average, or GPA, must be a 2.0 or higher.) See the chart below for a guide.
  7. ECON 300, 301, and 382 must be completed at UW Seattle. These courses may not be transferred from other institutions.
  8. You must complete all University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements and 180 credits total for the undergraduate degree.
  9. You must make an appointment with an advisor to apply to graduate (no later than the end of the third week of the quarter in which you wish to graduate). To receive Graduating Senior Priority (GSP) registration, apply 2 ½ quarters before graduation.
With ECON 382: With substitute for ECON 382:
ECON 200 (5 credits) ECON 200 (5 credits)
ECON 201 (5 credits) ECON 201 (5 credits)
ECON 300 (5 credits) ECON 300 (5 credits)
ECON 301 (5 credits) ECON 301 (5 credits)
ECON 382 (5 credits) ECON 424/482/483 (5 credits)*
ECON 4XX (5 credits) ECON 4XX (5 credits)
ECON 4XX (5 credits) ECON 4XX (5 credits)
ECON 4XX (5 credits) ECON 4XX (5 credits)
ECON 4XX (5 credits) ECON 4XX (5 credits)
ECON 4XX (5 credits) Any ECON 2XX/3XX/4XX except 399/496/497 (5 credits)
Total: 50 "ECON" Credits Total: 50 "ECON" Credits
  *For BA students pursuing this pathway, please email *after* receiving a grade for ECON 424/482/483. We can have your ECON BA Degree Audit adjusted at that time.

For prerequisites see the UW Course Catalog.

For College and University Graduation Requirements, refer to the website or the Bachelor’s Degree Planbook from the Undergraduate Advising Center in 171 Mary Gates Hall.

Both the General Catalog and the Quarterly Time Schedules are available online in the Student Guide Section of the UW home page.

Extraordinary Circumstances Quarters Note

As UW students have been uniquely impacted by the current global pandemic, certain academic quarters have been deemed “Extraordinary Circumstances Quarters” by the Office of the University Registrar. As a result, students have the option to change their original/numerical grade to the “S/NS Grading Option” for these quarters, and “S” grade designations can be counted toward application and/or degree requirements.

Applicants to the Department of Economics may enter-in “S” as their grade for the “prerequisite” courses, when prompted on the application form.

For current Economics students, “S” grade designations will fulfill specific graduation requirements.

For details on this updated policy, see here.