For information about the admission process, including deadlines, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications can be submitted via the Common Application.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st St NW Suite 100
Washington, DC 20052

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

Program-specific curriculum:

Required core courses
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I *
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II *
ECON 2101Intermed 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 **
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) **
or STAT 1051 Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
or STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
STAT 2112Business and Economic Statistics II **
or STAT 2118 Regression Analysis
or ECON 2123 Introduction to Econometrics
Additional requirements
18 credits (six courses) in Economics (ECON) electives numbered between 2000 and 4999 are required. The following guidelines and restrictions apply:
FINA 3101 and/or FINA 3301 may be used as substitutes for up to two ECON elective courses (6 credits) numbered between 2000 and 4999. However, credit may not be earned for both FINA 3301 and ECON 2121.
No more than three courses (9 credits) can be selected from ECON 2169, ECON 2198, ECON 3098, and ECON 3198.
No more than two courses (6 credits) can be selected from ECON 2180, ECON 2181, and ECON 2182. ECON 2180 does not satisfy the major elective requirement if taken concurrently with or after successful completion of ECON 2181 or ECON 2182.
If ECON 2123 is taken instead of STAT 2112 or STAT 2118, only five additional ECON courses (15 credits) are required.

* Post-matriculation residency requirement: For ECON 1011 and ECON 1012 to count toward the major it 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).

** The MATH course selected from MATH 1221, MATH 1231, or MATH 1252, and the STAT course selected from STAT 1051, STAT 1053, or STAT 1111, 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 (G-PAC) as well as the course CCAS 1001 First-Year Experience. 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.

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

  • One course in critical thinking in the humanities.

  • Two courses in critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, or scientific reasoning in the social sciences.

  • One course that has an approved oral communication component.

  • One course in quantitative reasoning (must be in mathematics or statistics).
  • One course in scientific reasoning (must be in natural and/or physical laboratory sciences).
  • UW 1020 University Writing (4 credits).
  • After successful completion of UW 1020, 6 credits distributed over at least two writing in the discipline (WID) courses taken in separate semesters. WID courses are designated by a "W" appended to the course number. 

Coursework for the CCAS G-PAC requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved arts course 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.
  • 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 additional 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).
  • Humanities—one additional approved humanities course that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • CCAS 1001 First-Year Experience

Certain courses are approved to fulfill GPAC requirements in more than one category.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC requirements may also 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.

Lists of approved courses in the above categories are included on each undergraduate major's page in this Bulletin.

In addition to meeting the University General Education Requirement, to be considered for graduation with Special Honors in Economics students must have taken at least six graded Economics (ECON) courses for a total of 18 credits prior to the semester of expected graduation; have a minimum GPA of 3.8 in all ECON courses (calculated using all ECON courses completed at GW prior to the semester of expected graduation); and submit a completed application for Special Honors to the Department of Economics at the beginning of the semester of expected graduation. 

Students also may be considered for Special Honors in Economics if their proseminar research paper is nominated for departmental prizes.