Undergraduate Programs

Economics lecture in Kane Hall
Economics lecture in Kane Hall

Studying Economics

Economics studies the institutions and arrangements that are used to create, protect, and allocate scarce resources that have alternative uses. It advances our understanding of the behavior of individuals, firms, governments and other organizations. Economics’ deep intellectual roots, rigorous analytic methods, and powerful ability to explain and evaluate social phenomena make it an exceptionally rewarding field of study.

The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Economics is for students who are intrigued by economic problems and questions and are attracted to economists’ challenging and analytical approach to explaining social phenomena. The BA 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 business.

The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Economics requires a more intensive background in math and statistics, reflecting the distinctive quantitative character of modern economics. It is especially suitable for students intending to go on to graduate study in economics and related fields such as finance.

Special programs for undergraduates include a departmental honors program; study abroad programs in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan, and Thailand; a mentorship program; and certificate programs in four areas of specialization: international economics, economic theory and quantitative methods, quantitative managerial economics, and environmental and natural resource economics.

For more information, see our department learning goals and attend a Prospective Student Information Session.


Registration for the Spring 2019 RTW is now open.

RTW 1: Friday, April 5, 4:00-4:50pm, GUG 220.  Please arrive by 3:30pm to check in and bring your picture ID. Registration will close by 3pm on Tuesday, April 2, or may close earlier if the section fills.  

RTW 2Friday, April 12, 4:00-4:50pm, KNE 130.  Please arrive by 3:30pm to check in and bring your picture ID.  Registration will close by 3pm on Tuesday, April 9, or may close earlier if the section fills.  Even though both exams are similar, this exam tends to fill with more students - register early to avoid being left out!  

2019-2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Applications Available

Yang, Sroufe, Corkery Scholarships - Students must be eligible for financial aid as determined by the UW, which means you must have a FAFSA on file.  Due by 3pm on Friday, May 10.  

Agnes C Nelson Memorial Scholarship - Students majoring in Economics and/or Political Science who demonstrate interest in BOTH fields.  Due by 3pm on Friday, May 3.