Welcome to the Department of Economics

Studying Economics at CWU can help you better understand the world around you, and why things are the way they are.

About the Economics Department

You will learn economic principles and models that can help you to understand people, markets, businesses, and governments, and how to respond to the opportunities and challenges that can happen when things change.

Why Study Economics at CWU?  

Economic issues and challenges touch all aspects of our society. Your future in economics could help solve these challenges and issues for your local community and the greater world. The skills you gain will become the prepare you for fields including business, government, law, and education.  

Degree Options  

The Economics Department at CWU offers you the chance to further your career with several specialized bachelor’s degrees, minors, and certificates. 

Learn more about our degree options using the Program Finder


For general university admissions information, contact the CWU Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact the Academic Advising Center.  


Our History 

Join a long tradition of studying economics at Central Washington University. Economics courses have been taught at Central Washington University for at least a century. Our Department of Economics was formed in 1947-1948 and was a part of the College of Arts and Sciences, Social Science Division.   

We have recorded interviews with key figures in this department's history:  


CWU’s College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 5% of business schools globally earn the coveted designation. 

For more information, reference our Accreditation information. 

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