Economics

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type

Major, Minor, Secondary Licensure

Department

School of Business

Economists have a broad understanding of business which enables them to forecast and navigate complex financial trends. These versatile skills are fundamental for successful careers in law, government, banking, insurance and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Program Overview

Learn how to interpret economic behavior and forecast financial trends.

Economics at Western Colorado University—more than the other social sciences—is focused on developing your abilities to analyze contemporary events using models and high-level data. The program will provide you with a powerful set of deductive and empirical skills for understanding real-world issues like natural resources, globalization, inequality and financial crises.

You’ll learn to analyze individual markets, ask questions about the impact of public policy on the economy and examine social and business problems. Before graduating, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a major research project combining statistical analysis, economic reasoning, design and implementation.

Studying the global economy

Economics students learn the methods, models, and approaches used by economists to analyze and interpret events and policies related to the overall operation of the economy.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
ECON 201 Macroeconomics (GT-SS1) 3 View
ECON 202 Microeconomics 3 View
ECON 216 Statistics for Business and Economics 3 View
ECON 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3 View
ECON 302 Intermediate Microeconomics 3 View
ECON 303 International Economics and Globalization 3 View
ECON 316 Econometrics 3 View
ECON 317 Economics and Public Policy 3 View
ECON 476 American Economic Development 3 View
ECON 498 Income Distribution, Poverty and Wealth 3 View
GEOG 250 Geography of North America (GT-SS2) 3 View
HIST 327 Colorado History 3 View
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics 3 View
POLS 360 American Foreign Policy 3 View
POLS 376 American Political Thought 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Full-time students of any class
  • 2.0 GPA or greater
  • Preference given to students majoring in Business, Accounting, or Economics

Description

This scholarship is provided by the Billmeyer family in memory of Matthew Billmeyer "79."

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The School of Business

Application:

Contact The School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • Business or Accounting majors
  • Complete 60 credit hours of coursework (30 hours at Western)
  • Be among top five as ranked by overall GPA

Description

The scholarship is provided by friends to honor Dr. Binford when he retired from Western as Professor and Chairman of the Division of Business.
Amount will be determined based on funds available. Two awards annually.

Application:

Contact The School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.
970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Selected by: The School of Bussines

Eligibility

  • Declared majors in Business, Accounting or Economics who are U.S. citizens
  • Full-time student
  • 3.4 GPA or higher
  • Must demonstrate academic promise and financial need
  • Preference given to students actively involved in The School of Busine

Description

This scholarship is provided by Steven Borick '75.

Awards based on funds available

Selected by: The School of Business

Application:

Contact The School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213.

Eligibility

  • Full-time junior or senior Accounting majors
  • 3.0 GPA or greater
  • Demonstrate academic promise

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family of Denver Cherry.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected By: The School of Business

Application:

Contact The School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • Declared majors in Business Administration
  • Full-time students
  • Junior or senior status
  • 2.0 - 2.5 GPA preferred
  • Students need to be recommended by one or more Western Business division faculty
  • Preference given to members of Delta Sigma Pi, New York Residents, and Community College Graduates

Description

This scholarship is provided by James H. Cox 1966 and 1968 graduate of Western.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The School of Business

Application:

Contact The School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • Nontraditional students who are enrolled as a Business major
  • 3.0 GPA or higher

Description

This scholarship is provided by the Depp family (Paul and Roberta) and friends to honor the memory of Stephen Paul Depp.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The School of Business.

Application:

Contact The School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • Students who are majoring in Accounting or Economics
  • Have earned at least 30 credit hours at Western

Description

This scholarship is provided by Don Eastman.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The School of Business

Application:

Contact The School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must be a Business, Accounting or Economics major
  • Must be a member of GS&L

Description

This scholarship is provided by donation from Gunnison Savings & Loan.

Amount: $750 (pending funding)

Selected by:The School of Business

Application:

Contact the School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • Full-time Business, Accounting, or Economics majors
  • Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must have completed 60 credit hours at Western by semester end in which the scholarship is awarded
  • Students must have financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided as a gift from F.S. Haverly who was an Accounting professor at Western for over 20 years.

One scholarship for $1000 or two scholarships for $500.

Selected by: The School of Business

Application:

Contact the School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • Full-time Female Business, Accounting or Economics majors
  • Colorado residents
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Recipient-year class standing of sophomore through senior
  • Students must have financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by Kathleen M. Kregel ('87 MBA) & James R. Smith.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The School of Business

Application:

Contact the School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • Declared Business Accounting or Economic Majors
  • Full-time student
  • 2.8 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrate both academic promise and financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by Robert Little in memory of Gloria Little.

Fourteen awards of $500 each.

Selected by:The School of Business

Application:

Contact the School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • Excellent Female students in the Accounting program

Description

This scholarship is provided by Patty Locke.

Award depends on funds available

Selected by: The School of Business

Application:

Contact the School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Learn more about Western's Accounting program.

Eligibility

  • Students with a declared majors in Accounting
  • Colorado and U.S. citizens
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Preference placed on students who attended High School in communities with a population of less than 10,000
  • Scholarship may be renewable

Description

This scholarship is provided by Greg and Monica Mikesell.

Amount: One award for $1200.

Selected by: Accounting Faculty

Application: Contact the School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • Business majors who are graduates of a Colorado high school
  • Students must have junior/senior status
  • Minimum GPA of 2.25
  • Students must demonstrate financial need and high personal standards

Description

This scholarship is provided by Marshall Miller.

Depending on funds available.

Selected by: The School of Business

Application:

Contact The School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

Description

Ralph Porter who was associated with Western Colorado University for more than sixty years. He worked directly to serve the College as a student, Secretary to the President, Treasurer, and Business Manager.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The School of Business

Application:

Contact the School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • Declared majors in Business, Accounting or Economics
  • Full-time student
  • 3.5 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrate academic promise
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Student who have distinguished themselves as people of strong character and morals
  • Preference given to those actively involved in the department

Description

This scholarship is provided by the LIATIS Foundation.

Awards based on funds available.

Selected by: The School of Business

Application:

Contact The School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • Full-time students majoring in Business, Accounting or Economics
  • Must be junior or senior standing
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Must have exhibited a work ethic that has assisted in financing their education
  • Preference given to non-traditional students

Description

This scholarship is provided by Vern's wife, Nell, and family and friends.

Amount: $250

Selected By: Faculty of the Business, Accounting and Economics programs in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

Application:

Contact The School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Eligibility

  • Full-time Colorado residents
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Must be majoring in Business, Accounting or Economics
  • 2.5 GPA or higher to maintain scholarship

Description

This scholarship is provided by Douglas A. Wilson to honor his brother.

Depending on funds available.

Selected by: The School of Business

Application:

Contact The School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information.

970.943.2019 | Borick Business Building 213

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

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Take advantage of everything Western has to offer.

A college education is more than just taking courses. Meet new people, apply your skills, and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Make your education an experience.

  • Capstone Experience: Senior economics majors incorporate the tools learned throughout the program to engage in an in-depth analysis of increasing economic inequality.
  • Internships: Recent students have interned with local government agencies and businesses to analyze current economic data.
  • Model United Nations: Compete in the National Model United Nations event in New York City.
  • Study Abroad: Experience Harlaxton College in the English Midlands.

Citizens of the world

Western Economics students have the opportunity to participate in the Model United Nations team and attend conferences around the globe.

Department Information

School of Business

Dean

Peter Sherman, Ph.D.

Dean of School of Business

Program Coordinator

Veronica Wilde

Program Coordinator

Contact Information

970.943.2231

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Borick Business BUilding 213
1 Wester Way
Gunnison, CO 81231