BA Degree with Emphasis in Economics
A bachelor of arts degree in economics
from Washburn combines a broad general education with a strong foundation in
economics. You will achieve this by taking course from the College of Arts and
Sciences and the School of Business.
In the economics courses you will learn to:
facts and interpret them consistent with economic thinking;
an understanding of how decision makers allocate scarce resources to
achieve economic efficiency;
economic tools to analyze decisions made by consumers, firms and policy
economic models to analyze the impact of various fiscal, monetary and
trade policies on a nation's economy.
Specific coursework for the BA in economics will include:
- University requirements
- A minimum of 124 semester hours.
- 24 semester hours must be in
economics courses and must include Economics 201, 202, 211, 300 and 301
- 15 semester hours in economics will
be at 300 or 400 level
- 84 semester hours will be outside
- 45 semester hours will be 300 or 400
- 15 semester hours will be in arts
- 15 semester hours will be in the
- 12 semester hours will be natural
science and mathematics
- A 102 level language course or the
- A minimum grade point average of 2.0
earned in the 200-level economics courses is required before continuing to the
- Courses in mathematics, political
science, history, sociology, psychology and philosophy are encouraged.
- Consider a minor in mathematics if
you’re planning graduate study in economics, a minor in a mathematics area is
- Always work with your advisor to
ensure you are meeting all degree requirements.
Honors in Economics
Students seeking a bachelor of arts in economics who meet
the following criteria can earn Honors in Economics:
- Earn a grade point average of at
least 3.50 in all economics courses applied to the BA degree
- Demonstrate superior research and/or
independent study skills while enrolled in Economics 405
- Be prepared to share all requested
academic data and copies of written work for Economics 405 with the School of
- Be approved for honors designation
by a two-thirds vote of the School of Business faculty.
- Remember to submit written notice of
intent to graduate with honors to the dean’s office early in your final
Minor in Economics
Any Washburn student can earn a
minor in economics by completing:
- Economics 200 and 201,
- 9 hours of economics coursework at the 300- and
- an approved course in statistics.
For help in determining your degree track please make an
appointment with an advisor every semester. Freshman and sophomore students
should visit with Stacy Woltje.
Advising Worksheets for BA Economics