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Major Status within the College of Business & Economics:

Pre-Major:

Students who have not completed their foundation course work may apply to the College and be given pre-major status. Pre-major status is granted to students who are at least sophomore level, or who have been identified as top quintile students, and who, at the time of application, meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of a 2.50 cumulative college-level GPA including all previous institutions.
  • Minimum of 2.30 cumulative GPA in all courses taken within the College of Business and Economics.
  • Students must have a WWU cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher to be considered in good academic standing with the University.

Students with pre-major status may only enroll for foundation or core courses listed. Pre-majors are assigned a faculty advisor in their area of study, but may not yet register for courses that are restricted to majors. Their progress will be monitored by the College and they will attain full major status upon successfully completing the foundation courses and meeting the admission criteria above. If after completing the foundation courses they do not meet the criteria for full major admission, they will be dropped from the College. They may reapply should they repair the deficiency.

Provisional Major:

Provisional full major admit status in the College is provided to students completing their last foundation course(s) and would be eligible to enroll for major restricted courses as a full major in the following quarter upon successful completion of their current course work. Students may be in provisional status only one quarter. Failure to advance to full major status will result in removal from major status.

Full Major:

For admission to the College of Business and Economics as a full major (except majors in economics and manufacturing and supply chain management) a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 2.50 cumulative GPA after having completed all foundation courses. The cumulative GPA is calculated on all college-level course work completed by the student, including any transfer work.
  • Minimum of 2.30 cumulative GPA in all courses taken within the College of Business and Economics.
  • Students must be in good academic standing with the University.

Students who meet the requirements will be assured of admission if space is available in the department program of choice.

Economics Major Criteria:

Completion of the CBE Foundation courses is not required to declare a major in economics, except for the economics-accounting combined major. In order to declare a major in economics, students must have achieved a 2.50 cumulative college GPA including transfer work. 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, and protection against possible future catalog revisions that change degree requirements. Declared majors are also eligible for departmental scholarships and other 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.

Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management (MSCM) Major Criteria:

Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management students must complete the eight CBE foundation courses plus CHEM 121 and PHYS 114 with a cumulative foundation course GPA of 3.00 or higher and have undergone an interview with program faculty to be given full major status.

Information for College of Business and Economics Minors


Students can obtain a minor in most CBE areas of study - check the webpages for each Academic Department for more specific information. To declare a CBE Minor, please complete the corresponding form below:

*Applications for the Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management (MSCM) minor are not being accepted as of fall quarter 2016. 

CBE is implementing application deadlines for all majors and minors excluding Economics beginning winter quarter 2017.

Application Deadlines:
  • Winter 2017 - Oct. 14th, 2016, by 5 PM  All applications* will be processed by Oct. 31, 2016.
  • Spring 2017 - Jan. 27th, 2017, by 5 PM. All applications* will be processed by February 13, 2017.
  • Fall 2017 - April 14th, 2017, by 5 PM. All applications* will be processed by May 01, 2017.

 *Applications for full major status in OPS and MIS, and Data Analytics minor applications, will be sent to the Decision Sciences Department for review by the processing date listed. For questions about the review process please contact the department.