BA in Economics


  • For CCAS majors, the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Students from other schools (e.g., ESIA, SEAS) must satisfy the requirements of their home school.

For the recommended Economics BA course sequence please click HERE.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

Program-specific curriculum:

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
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-.