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.


Spring 2018 RTW dates are now open for registration!

RTW 1: Friday, March 30, 2018 from 4-4:50pm in GUG 220.  Registration is open until 12pm on Tuesday, March 27 unless it fills before that time. Please arrive at 3:30pm to check in.  

RTW 2: Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10-10:50am in KNE 120 (this location may change and you will be notified if any change is made).  Registration is open until 12pm on Tuesday, April 3 unless it fills before that time.  Register early to ensure your space.  Please arrive at 9:30am to check in.  

*Please remember to bring your UW ID card with you when you check in.  Students who fail to check in with their UW ID cards before the start of the exam will have their exam automatically voided.  No exceptions or petitions will be considered.  Please bring a #2 pencil or pen.