BBA Degree with Emphasis in Economics

The Economics curriculum is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the principles and institutions governing economic decisions made by households, businesses, and governments. This type of knowledge, combined with studies in related areas, provides an appropriate background for employment in financial and non-financial business firms and governmental agencies. It also provides a solid basis for graduate study in economics, business and public administration, urban planning and international studies. Economics is also one of the best pre-law options for students.

In this program you will learn to:

  • Find facts and interpret them consistent with economic thinking;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how decision makers allocate scarce resources to achieve economic efficiency;
  • Apply economic tools to analyze decisions made by consumers, firms and policy makers; and
  • Use economic models to analyze the impact of various fiscal, monetary and trade policies on a nation’s economy.

The following courses are required for the Economics concentration:

  • EC300 Microeconomic Theory
  • EC301 Macroeconomic Theory
  • Six additional upper division economics hours
  • Twelve additional upper division elective hours in accounting, business or economics
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"My interest in Economics began my second year at Washburn.  The intimate atmosphere created by the professors got me 'hooked' as to how the world functions when it comes to economics.  The courses were rigorous, but never seemed outside my reach.  Without a doubt, the Washburn University School of Business has shaped my career path."

– Michael Austin,  BBA Economics, 2012

Freshmen and students new to the School of Business should visit with Stacy Woltje initially for help in determining their degree track. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may choose a faculty member advisor.

Determining the correct catalog year is very important when using our advising literature.  Catalog years dictate the requirements of your degree program and can change from year to year.  These requirements will remain in force for up to seven years, or until the student decides to choose a newer catalog year.  Sometimes it makes sense for a student to choose a newer catalog, while other times it’s more advantageous to use the older catalog.  Regularly working with your advisor ensures you are following the right degree track.

For students who started at Washburn on or before Summer 2019: Use the 2018-2019 catalog (updated general education program – requiring 9 hours from each of the core distribution areas of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences)

For students who start at Washburn in Fall 2019-Summer 2020: Use the 2019-2020 catalog (additional writing elective added within the Humanities requirement)

For students who start at Washburn in Fall 2020-Summer 2021: Use the 2020-2021 catalog (additional course in BU248 Data Analytics added to Business Core requirements)

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