Bachelor of Science in Economics
Economics is an excellent course of study to pursue because it contributes to a broad liberal arts education and can help you develop superior problem-solving skills—whether you are in the work force or are considering graduate work in business, law, engineering, or the social sciences.
The Economics major will familiarize you with the problems of a modern economy and the tools of analysis developed by economists. It emphasizes both the development of analytic models and their application to such real-world problems as inflation, unemployment, taxation, poverty, pollution, government decision-making, and regulation.
Undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offered by University College are offered through Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Business-related programs in University College are not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
Schedule an Appointment
Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and at our Danforth Campus location from 2-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday.
required course work
All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to the BS in Economics include:
- Applied Statistics (U20 205) OR Probability and Statistics I (U20 305)
- Introduction to Microeconomics (U07 1011)
- Introduction to Macroeconomics (U07 1021)
- Intermediate Microeconomics (U07 406)
- Intermediate Macroeconomics (U07 407)
- Econometric Techniques (U07 414)
(at least 9 units at the 300-400 level)
Electives can be drawn from U07 electives or the following courses (other courses with permission):
- Financial and Managerial Accounting (U44 263)
- Business Finance (U44 342)
- International Trade and Globalization (U44 380)
- Programming with Python (U20 133)
- Calculus I (U20 155) is strongly recommended.
- At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or
- at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the undergraduate degree in Economics. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.
Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted. Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at email@example.com.
International Students must submit an official transcript from their school and an official evaluation of all previous college-level work.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?
All international students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:
- Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
- Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.
This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.
If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, the TOEFL or IELTS is then required for admission.