We teach students scientific analysis and help them gain social perspective. Our goal is to understand the complex economic forces at work in society and the causes of contemporary economic issues.


Economics can be broadly defined as a study of human behaviors that focuses on finding solutions to help improve lives. We offer flexible degree options that can be tailored to a variety of career choices.

Why Study Economics at Eastern?

The Economics Department at Eastern is committed to excellence and student success.

Affordable Education

You don't have to sacrifice quality to get an education you can afford.

Small Class Sizes

Most classes are limited to 15-25 students, which allows professors to devote time to individual students.

Excellent Job Opportunities

Our graduates have a great record of finding employment soon after graduation.

What You Will Learn

  • The improvement of the material conditions of life
  • Individual behavior, business strategies, and government policies
  • The fundamental relationships at the heart of may modern debates
  • How to use theoretical models and factual information while developing critical thinking and analytical skills
EWU's Economics Department offers a variety of electives to support you in your career goals.

News & Events

Student Engagement

Economics majors have a wide variety of opportunities to engage in student research and participation in economic events.

EWU Economics Society

The student club hosts a variety of events including guest speakers, career workshops, movies, and other social events.

In the past, students have participated in a regional conference such as the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference (PNREC), where they have competed against other regional university student teams in the Federal Reserve Simulation hosted by the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

High achieving students who maintain a GPA above 3.0 in their economics courses are eligible for induction into Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), the International Honor Society in Economics.

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Panorama of Cheney in fall

Considering Economics?

A degree in economics may be about finance, banking, business or government but it can also be useful to all individuals and can lead to any interesting and fulfilling career choices.

This video from the American Economic Association offers insights on how economics can be a tool for solving problems. It provides some interesting perspectives on how different students chose economics as a career path.


Careers for Economists

Earning a degree or minor in economics from Eastern Washington University leads to many career opportunities:

Business & Public Affairs


Money & Banking

Political Economy

Social Sciences