Economic Study of Environmental & Natural Resources

This combined major bachelor of arts degree allows students to study both economics and social studies to broaden their field of study. A curriculum has been developed to showcase the path to earning a degree in this field. This combined major is specifically designed for students who wish to pursue a teaching career at the elementary or high school level.

Detailed Program of Study

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Why Economics & Social Studies?

The combined Economics/Social Studies major provides students a thorough grounding in both economic theory and a broad based study of anthropology, sociology, geography, history and political science. This major is open to any student but is specifically designed for students desiring to pursue a career in teaching.

Some career options include:

For more information please see a video made by the American Economics Association:  "A Career in's Much More Than You Think" 

Plan of Study

For the complete Program of Study see the university catalog.

Flow chart of Econ/Social Studies courses. This is a visualization of the courses described in the University Catalog link on this page.

Please download and read carefully the Economics/Social Studies 2021-22 Plan of Study. This includes a flowchart for the required courses and will also serve as your planned course schedule when submitting your paperwork for you senior evaluation for graduation.

If you are planning on completing a certification in secondary education see the Secondary Education section of the online catalog for program admission, completion and teacher certification requirements.  Completion of this major leads to an endorsement in social studies. Course required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

For help with planning your courses, please see your advisor or the department office.

These courses build a strong core of economic theory. These classes are to be completed in one's Junior year. A Communication Focus (CF) course as well as a Writing Proficiency (WP-3)course must be taken within CBE as well, though these requirements can be met as part of required or elective courses.

Students often complete courses that are equivalent to MIS 220, Math 124, Math 157 and DSCI 205. If you believe that you have completed an equivalent course and it has not transferred as equivalent, see the instructions for an equivalency evaluation. Students can also test out of MIS 220.

General University Requirements (GUR)

Several of your prerequisite and required courses also count as GURs. Look for classes in the course lists labeled as "GUR." By planning your schedule properly you can reduce the total number of classes needed.


  • One course from:
    • DSCI 205 - Business Statistics Credits: 4
    • MATH 240 - Introduction to Statistics Credits: 4
    • MATH 341 - Probability and Statistical Inference Credits: 4
  • ECON 206 - Introduction to Microeconomics Credits: 4 SSC GUR
  • ECON 207 - Introduction to Macroeconomics Credits: 4 SSC GUR
  • ECON 303 - The History of Economic Thought Credits: 4
  • ECON 306 - Intermediate Microeconomics Credits: 4
  • ECON 307 - Intermediate Macroeconomics Credits: 4
  • ENVS 204 - Human Geography Credits: 4 SSC GUR
  • HIST 103 - Introduction to American Civilization: American History to 1865 Credits: 5 HUM GUR
  • HIST 104 - Introduction to American Civilization: American History Since 1865 Credits: 5 HUM GUR
  • HIST 121 - World History to 500 Credits: 5 HUM GUR
  • HIST 123 - World History, 1500 to the Present Credits: 5 HUM GUR
  • HIST 391 - History of the Pacific Northwest Credits: 5
  • PLSC 250 - The American Political System Credits: 5 HUM GUR
  • One course from: (QSR GUR)
    • MATH 124 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I Credits: 5
    • MATH 134 - Calculus I Honors Credits: 5
    • MATH 138 - Accelerated Calculus Credits: 5
    • MATH 157 - Calculus With Applications to Business and Economics Credits: 4 (or AP Calculus Exam with score of 3 or better)
  • One course from:
    • MIS 220 - Introduction to Business Computer Systems Credits: 2
    • CSCI 101 - Computers and Applications Credits: 4
  • One course from:
    • ANTH 201 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Credits: 5 SSC GUR
    • SOC 221 - Introduction to Population Issues Credits: 5 SSC GUR
    • SOC 251 - Sociology of Deviant Behavior Credits: 5 SSC GUR
    • SOC 260 - The Family in Society Credits: 5 SSC GUR
    • SOC 268 - Gender and Society Credits: 5 BCGM GUR
  • One course from:
    • ENVS 221 - Geographic Information Science Survey Credits: 3
    • ENVS 240 - Geography and World Affairs Credits: 2 SSC GUR

As an Economics and Social Studies Combined Major you are are required to complete a further 90 credits of upper-division courses under departmental advisement. In your electives you have the freedom to choose your course schedule so long as 8 of these 90 elective credits are at the 400 level.

16-20 additional credits in upper-division economics, under departmental advisement; 8 of these credits must be at the 400-level.

Note: ECON 309 may not be counted toward this major.