Undergraduate Student Resources

The Department of Economics and the broader university offer academic, advising and funding resources to make the student experience as productive and enjoyable as possible.




Departmental Honors

To be considered for graduation with special honors and earn the designation of honors on their transcript, students must:

  • Meet GW’s general special honors requirements.
  • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.5 within the major at the time of graduation (not necessarily at the time of application).
  • Submit a research paper to the Economics Department Undergraduate Committee and earn committee approval. Papers must be submitted by the last day of classes in the student’s graduating semester. Students are free to submit any paper of their choice, but most submit the paper completed for their proseminar course.


Economics Honor Society

Undergraduate students in the Economics Department are invited to join the GW chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) Economics Honor Society. Founded on campus in 1937, the GW chapter is one of the university’s oldest honor societies. The society includes many notable scholars, professionals and world leaders.




Advising and Registration Help

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, there will no longer be any in person advising office hours for the Spring 2020 semester.

Please Email Professor Tien [email protected]

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and telework policies put into place by the university administration, all major/minor declarations will be handled via e-mail.

To declare your economics major or minor, please fill out one of the relevant major/minor declaration form and then e-mailed the completed form to the Director of Undergraduate Studies ([email protected]). The DUS will look over the form and e-mail you back a scanned signed copy if there are no issues. If the DUS has any concerns about your proposed plan, you will be contacted directly.  Please allow a minimum of 5 business days for the return of the form.

Things to pay attention to when filling out the form:

  1. Review the degree requirements — and recommended plans of study, which are available for the BA and BS — before emailing the DUS.
  2. Fill out the declaration form that corresponds to your school and choice of degree. For your convenience partially filled forms have been provided.
  3. If you are a CCAS student you may use the provisional declaration form on the CCAS Academic Advising site.
  4. Submit the completed form to your school's advising office.

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and telework policies put into place by the university administration, approved transfer credit requests will be e-mailed to students rather than printed for pick-up in person.  Please allow a minimum of 5 business days for responses and forms.

  1. Complete the Transfer Credit Approval Form (PDF). Leave the “GW Equivalent,” “Dept. Approval Name” and “Approval Signature” fields blank.
  2. Send the completed form to [email protected], along with relevant syllabi or course descriptions.
  3. The DUS will confirm by email whether the request is approved or if more information is needed.  If approved, the DUS will return the scanned form via email.

View the list of previously approved courses and associated institutions. Use the list as a guide when exploring classes to take outside of GW. Even if a course is listed, it does not mean transfer approval is guaranteed. Students will still need to complete the formal credit transfer process.

Students who enroll in a summer abroad program that is outside of GW’s approved study abroad programs should also follow this transfer credit process. Students who travel with an approved GW Office for Study Abroad program follow a separate transfer credit process.

The DUS will provide letters of certification to international students seeking Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The DUS can also provide certification letters to Elliott School students majoring in economics who have completed the BS in Economics requirements.

While classes are in session, please allow a minimum of 10 business days from the initial completed request for the letter to be ready. The letters can be provided as a hard copy or a scanned PDF file. During winter or summer breaks, requests will be handled per the DUS’s availability, and the time required for the requests to be honored cannot be guaranteed.

Please email the DUS with your request with the required information:

For international students requesting OPT letters

  • GWID
  • Expected date of program completion (typically the last day of exams for your final term).

For international students requesting CPT letters

  • GWID
  • A training proposal letter. The letter must describe the type of training you would like to do and how the proposed training is directly related to economics.
  • An official offer letter from the entity that is offering the training. The letter must indicate the name and address of the entity, title of your position, detailed description of your duties, number of hours of training per week and exact training starting and ending dates. 

For Elliott School students requesting BS certification letters

  • GWID

Registration Transaction Forms (RTFs) can put a student on the waitlist for a course that is at capacity or closed. RTFs should only be submitted for approval under these circumstances:

  •     Student needs to repeat a course.
  •     Student needs to get onto the waitlist of a class and could not do so electronically.
  •     Student needs to take an additional ECON 2199 course.
  •     Student lacked a prerequisite for the course during pre-registration, but has since completed the prerequisite.

To request a signed RTF, students should email the academic department administrator with their GWID and a brief explanation of why the form is needed. RTFs must be signed by the Economics Department academic administrator, not by the course instructor.



GW Women in Economics

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GW Women in Economics seeks to increase women’s representation and support women’s participation in economics, both at the university and in the broader profession. Visit the student group's website and Facebook page to learn more and get involved.


Academic Resources

  • Academic Commons
    Book peer tutoring or review sessions, research and writing help, step-by-step study strategies, language support and more.
  • Blackboard Syllabi Repository
    Visit the online repository of syllabi to help inform decisions about course registration.
  • Grad2Grad
    Receive a tuition discount if you are a current undergraduate GW student enrolling in a GW graduate program.
  • GW Libraries
    Explore on-campus libraries and online research databases such as JSTOR. 
  • Language Center
    Sign up for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, practice with language meet-up groups, take a language exam or talk to someone about waiving language requirements.
  • CCAS Undergraduate Advising
    Get assistance from your Columbian College academic advisor to navigate declaring a major or minor and other academic support.
  • Writing Center
    Make a free appointment to work with a writing consultant on your next project, from the brainstorming phase through drafting and revising.


Funding and Aid Resources