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.

Important Announcements!

New Major Orientation & Information Session

For students admitted to the Department of Economics for the 2017 Winter Quarter admissions cycle, we were unable to offer the in-person Information Session that is normally required. The purpose of the Information Session is to introduce you to our many resources and programs, help you navigate our website, and present you with helpful information to help you succeed! On this page, you will see a series of 3 videos and an outline of the session.

https://econ.washington.edu/welcome-new-econ-students

Please review these resources at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your cooperation, and congratulations on your admission to the Department of Economics!

Honors Program

We are currently accepting applications for the Economics Honors Program.  Download the application here.  Applications are due by 4pm on February 17, 2017.