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
For questions visit undergraduate.admissions.gwu.edu/contact-us.
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs and the following curricular requirements.
|Required core courses
|Principles of Economics I 1
|Principles of Economics II 1
|Intermediate Microeconomic Theory: A Mathematical Approach
|or ECON 2101
|Intermed Microeconomic Theory
|Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory: A Mathematical Approach
|or ECON 2102
|Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
|Introduction to Econometrics
|Proseminar in Economics
|Calculus with Precalculus II 2
|or MATH 1231
|Single-Variable Calculus I
|Single-Variable Calculus II 2
|Business 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
|Two courses (6 credits) selected from the following and completed with a minimum grade of C-:
|Introduction to Programming with Java
|Introduction to Programming with Python
|Introduction to Software Development
|Algorithms and Data Structures
|Discrete Structures I
|Mathematics of Operations Research
|Quantitative Models in Systems Engineering
|Optimization in Operations Research
|Applied Optimization Modeling
|Linear Algebra I
|Multivariable Calculus 3
|Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning 3
|Ordinary Differential Equations 3
|Mathematics of Finance 3
|Real Analysis I 3
|Introduction to Computing
|Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages
|Design and Analysis of Experiments
|Introduction to Sampling
|Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I
|Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II
|Applied Time Series Analysis
|Nonparametric Statistics Inference
|Mathematical Probability and Applications I
|Mathematical Probability and Applications II
|Fundamentals of SAS Programming for Data Management
|Five ECON courses (15 credits) numbered between 2000 and 4999 are required. At least one of these courses should be numbered between 3000 and 3999. The following guidelines and restrictions apply to this requirement:
1 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 ECON 1011 and/or ECON 1012 are exempt from this residency requirement for the relevant course(s).
2 The MATH course selected from MATH 1221 or MATH 1231, as well as MATH 1232, must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. 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 general requirements stated under University Regulations, to be considered for graduation with Special Honors in Economics, students must have taken at least six graded GWU ECON courses(18 credits) prior to the graduation semester; have a minimum ECON GPA of 3.80 (calculated using all ECON courses completed at GWU prior to the graduation semester); submit a completed application for special honors to the ECON Department at the beginning of their graduation semester.
A student may also be considered for Special Honors in Economics if their proseminar research paper nominated for departmental prizes.