Celebrate our Centennial

Department of Economics @ 100, 1917 - 2017

The first economics course offered at the University of Washington was Political Economy, which was taught from 1875 to 1897 by a member of the faculty of Philosophical Sciences. The department was officially founded in 1917 as part of the then-College of Liberal Arts. That same year the School of Business Administration was founded. Classes for both programs were held in the recently-constructed Commerce Hall (now Savery Hall) on the Liberal Arts Quad.

Alumni Updates

Alumni are encouraged to join us in recognition of this milestone by sharing your updates with us! We'll collect them for inclusion in a centennial update later in the year. 

Centennial Events

The department is hosting several free, public events in 2017: 

Biennial Endowed Milliman Lecture in Economics
Prof. Alvin Roth, 2012 Nobel Laureate in Economics and Professor of Economics, Stanford University
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Dempsey Hall 302 (Anthony's Executive Forum)
Free, but registration is required

Douglass C. North Annual Nobel Prize Lecture in Economics
Profs. Jacques Lawarree and Fahad Khalil
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
HUB 250
Free, but registration is required