Undergraduate Major

Undergraduate Major

Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate majorStudents

Economists study fundamental problems arising from scarcity, such as how to manage resources efficiently, how to organize individual and social efforts to improve standards of living, and how to avoid excessive unemployment and inflation. Economists analyze policies in such specific areas as international trade and finance, money and banking, industrial organization, resource economics, public finance and economic development.

Economists apply rational decision-making procedures to complex questions -- to do well, requires an ability to think analytically. This is, at least in part, what makes economics a prestigious major.

Economics is recognized as a demanding curriculum and is viewed that way by prospective employers. Majoring in economics as an undergraduate will help you to build a strong foundation for a variety of careers, including business, law, foreign service, journalism, public administration and teaching.

The economics major consists of a minimum of thirty credit hours of ECON courses. Seven courses are required for all majors:

  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2010)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2020)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON 4030)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 4060)
  • Introductory Economic Statistics (ECON 4020)
  • Econometrics (ECON 4090)
  • Comparative Economic Systems (ECON 4840) or History of Economic Thought (ECON 3080), the Department's designated "writing intensive" courses.

Students in the College of Business may make certain substitutions. Plan your curriculum as early as possible in consultation with the economics undergraduate advisor.


Department of Economics
5307 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008 USA
(269) 387-5535 | (269) 387-5637 Fax