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The Economics program at Eastern Washington University provides students with the skill set necessary to comprehend the complex and integral workings of our local, national and international economy.
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Economists are interested in the improvement of the material conditions of life. Whether studying individual behavior, the strategies of business, or the policies of government, economists strive to determine the best choices it is possible to make in the context of specific social or physical constraints.
Training in economics addresses the fundamental relationships at the heart of many modern debates. Economics is considered a challenging major, because it combines training in analytical skills, theoretical models and the contextual analysis of the liberal arts perspective. As students master the study of economic relationships, they will learn how to use theoretical models and factual information while developing critical thinking and analytical skills. Coupled with communication skills, these are the skills most valued by potential employers.
What are the degree options?
The Department of Economics offers Bachelor of Arts degree, with or without a option to further enrich students' mathematical backgrounds in preparation for graduate study of economics. It is our goal to tailor recommended curriculum within this degree to best prepare majors to meet their career objectives. This is done with careful advising and mentoring concerning the choice of economics electives and courses outside economics. We are a committed department interested in the success of our graduates.
The Department of Economics also offers two ways to get a minor in economics, which are available to all students except those majoring in economics. Each method requires students to take a total of 20 credits of economics courses.
The Department of Management offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in Business Economics. The Business Economics major is for students who want a degree in Business Administration, with additional study in the field of economics. Many students complete majors in both Economics and Finance, which expands their opportunities for employment in financial institutions and in the securities industry.
What can I do with my degree?
Economics combines training in analytical and statistical skills with an awareness of context and multiple perspectives. Training in economics teaches students to present an argument or analysis dispassionately, clearly and effectively. This is an important foundation for a wide variety of occupations, including business, finance, government and law.
Our graduates have worked as stockbrokers, bankers, labor relations officials, market analysts, managers, researchers, consultants, salespersons, business owners, planners, and appointed and elected government officials. Many have successfully completed graduate studies in economics at many major universities, while others have received law, MBA and MPA degrees.