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Applications for majors within Economics are accepted at anytime
Are You Interested in an Economics Major?
Are you interested in economics and it's related fields? We would love to have you as a major in the Western College of Business and Economics.
You can learn more about the application process below. If you would like to learn more about the area of study view the economics major curriculum.
Please note Economics Majors (with the exception of Economics/Accounting Majors) do not need to take all the foundation courses.
Declaring A Major In Economics
Ready to get started? Follow the steps below to start your college career at Western's College of Business and Economics.
All College of Business and Economics Students must be admitted to Western before they can become a CBE Major. Incoming freshmen looking to start fall quarter need to make sure to apply by January 31. To learn more visit the Western Admissions Office.
As part of the general university required courses, you are encouraged to take several courses that will count toward your College of Business and Economics coursework that also fulfill GUR requirements. This can shorten your time to graduation by at least a quarter. Some GURs can be waived with AP credits that were earned in high school or transfer credits. Be sure to contact the Academic Advising Center to discuss individual situations.
Students planning to major in economics should declare their major as early as possible, preferably during their first year at Western. Early declaration is costless and in no way restricts the student’s options for changing plans later, but it provides many benefits. Advantages include faculty advising for help in program planning, registration priority for certain upper-division courses, access to computer facilities, and protection against possible future catalog revisions that change degree requirements. Declared majors also are eligible for the departmental scholarships and other departmental awards. Transfer students should contact the department prior to registering to be certain that they enter the course sequence correctly with the appropriate course equivalents from other institutions.
- Complete the CBE Major Declaration Form and select your choice of the Economics major from the drop-down menu. You will need to provide current unofficial, electronic copies of all college transcripts if Western does not have the most recent versions. (To attach the transcript(s): copy and paste each transcript from the electronic form, then save it as a Word Document or print to PDF and attach.) The application form will be forwarded to the Department of Economics for review at your appointment.
- The Department of Economics' office will contact you to schedule an appointment to declare your major (Parks Hall 315; 360-650-3910). (During the Covid-19 pandemic we will do all appointments remotely)
- After review of your application and you have met the GPA requirement you will get to choose a faculty advisor, meet the Department Manager and Chair of the Economics Department.
- You will also make an appointment to meet with your advisor who will sign the Advisor Approval form, which is to be returned to the Department of Economics' office. For assistance in planning your schedule you can access the DegreeWorks evaluation tool through MyWestern.
- Students wishing to declare one of the combined majors must meet the major declaration requirements of the other department(s).
Once you've declared the major of your choice, you will be assigned an advisor. Plan to contact them right away, do not wait for them to contact you. They will help you plan your coursework to maximize your time as a Department of Economics major. For more information including downloadable plans of study visit the Current Economics Major Page.
Declare a Minor in Economics
To declare a Minor in Economics complete the Minor Declaration Form.
If you are transferring from another college or university see our page on Transfer Student Information
MIS 220 Test-Out
If you have advanced excel skills it may be possible for you to test out of MIS 220.
Contact the Department of Economics:
Diane Brearley, Department Manager
Department of Economics
Parks Hall 315
Phone: (360) 650-3910
Fax: (360) 650-6315