Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Economics

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Required
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I 1
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II 1
ECON 2101Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
or ECON 2103 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory: A Mathematical Approach
ECON 2102Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
or ECON 2104 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory: A Mathematical Approach
ECON 4198WProseminar in Economics
MATH 1221Calculus with Precalculus II 2
or MATH 1231 Single-Variable Calculus I
or MATH 1252 Calculus for the Social and Management Sciences
STAT 1111Business and Economic Statistics I (or equivalent) 2
or STAT 1051 Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
or STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
STAT 2112Business and Economic Statistics II 2
or STAT 2118 Regression Analysis
or ECON 2123 Introduction to Econometrics
Electives
Six additional Economics (ECON) courses numbered between 2000 and 4999; a maximum of three of these courses can be regional and two international. Students may substitute up to two of the six ECON elective courses with FINA 3101 and FINA 3301. However, FINA 3301 and ECON 2121 cannot both be taken for credit. If ECON 2123 was taken instead of STAT 2112 as a required course, only five additional ECON courses are required.
Regional courses
ECON 2169Introduction to the Economy of China
ECON 2170Introduction to the Economy of Japan
ECON 2185Economic History and Problems of Latin America
ECON 2198Special Topics in Economics - Regional
ECON 3098Variable Topics - Regional Economics
ECON 3198Advanced Topics in Economics - Regional
International courses
ECON 2180Survey of International Economics
ECON 2181 International Trade Theory and Policy
or ECON 3181 International Trade Theory
ECON 2182International Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

1 Post-matriculation residency requirement: For ECON 1011 and ECON 1012 to count toward the major, the course must be completed at GW with a minimum grade of C-. Students who matriculate with AP or transfer credit for one or both courses are exempt from this residency requirement for the relevant course(s).

2 The selected MATH option, MATH 1221, MATH 1231, or MATH 1252, must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. STAT 1111, or STAT 1051, or STAT 1053 must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, a student must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in economics courses taken at George Washington University. Upon review of the student’s ECON 4198W paper, the student may be recommended for graduation with Special Honors.