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:

  • Find facts and interpret them consistent with economic thinking
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how decision makers allocate scarce resources to achieve economic efficiency
  • Apply economic tools to analyze decisions made by consumers, firms and policy makers
  • Use 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 your major
  • 45 semester hours will be 300 or 400 level courses
  • 15 semester hours will be in arts and humanities
  • 15 semester hours will be in the social sciences
  • 12 semester hours will be natural science and mathematics
  • A 102 level language course or the equivalent
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.0 earned in the 200-level economics courses is required before continuing to the 300-level courses.

Tips:

  • 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.
  • 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 Business
    • 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 semester.

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 400-level
  • An approved course in statistics

Freshmen and students new to the School of Business should visit with Stacy Woltje initially for help in determining their degree track. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may choose a faculty member advisor.

Determining the correct catalog year is very important when using our advising literature.  Catalog years dictate the requirements of your degree program and can change from year to year.  These requirements will remain in force for up to seven years, or until the student decides to choose a newer catalog year.  Sometimes it makes sense for a student to choose a newer catalog, while other times it’s more advantageous to use the older catalog.  Regularly working with your advisor ensures you are following the right degree track.


For students who started at Washburn on or before Summer 2019: Use the 2018-2019 catalog (updated general education program – requiring 9 hours from each of the core distribution areas of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences)

For students who start at Washburn in Fall 2019-Summer 2020: Use the 2019-2020 catalog (additional writing elective added within the Humanities requirement)

For students who start at Washburn in Fall 2020-Summer 2021: Use the 2020-2021 catalog (additional course in BU248 Data Analytics added to Business Core requirements)

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