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Economics - Social Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) , WA,
The study of Economics - Social Studies at Western Washington University will provide an understanding of economic concepts and the functioning of the economy in addition to the ability to apply economic analysis in problem solving. The Economics Department strives to provide a program which gives students rigorous training in both economic theory and applications.


Social Studies Education is guided by the definition of social studies adopted by the National Council for Social Studies:

"Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, Social Studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology, as well as appropriate content from the Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The primary purpose of Social Studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world."

Why Consider an Economics - Social Studies Major at Western Washington University?

This major is open to any student who desires to study Economics and a variety of other social sciences, but it is specifically designed for students desiring to pursue a career in teaching. Secondary Education students who wish to be endorsed in Social Studies may choose this major. However, the Economics/Social Studies degree does not require that a student pursue a teaching certificate.

To receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification, students must complete the "teacher certification" program, including the content methods course SEC 426, which is offered by the Department of Secondary Education 1) as a part of the undergraduate BA degree, or 2) as a post baccalaureate program, or 3) as a part of the Master's in Teaching program. See the Secondary Education Professional Program Guide for program admission and teacher certification requirements. Completion of this combined major leads to an endorsement in social studies.

Sample Careers
  • Elementary Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Government
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Insurance Consultant

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    90 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Business Statistics or equivalent
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • The History of Economic Thought
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Human Geography
  • Introduction to American Civilization: American History to 1865
  • Introduction to American Civilization: American History Since 1865
  • World History to 500
  • World History, 1500 to the Present
  • History of the Pacific Northwest
  • The American Political System

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

National students

  • The Freshman Application for Admission and Scholarships, including essay and activities list
  • $60 non-refundable application fee (fee waiver may be available)
  • Unofficial high school transcript or GED submitted electronically or by mail
  • Official ACT or SAT scores sent from the testing agency or your high school

International students

  • The International Student Application for Admission submitted by the application deadline
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Official academic credentials
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Statement of Financial Responsibility

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21801 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21801 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6387 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6387 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 10-18 credits per quarter

Living costs for Bellingham

  • 1109 - 1690 USD/month
    Living Costs

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