School of Business
Professor and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Ball, PhD
Professor Sungkyu Kwak, PhD
Professor Dmitri Nizovtsev, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean of School of Business Russell Smith, PhD
Professor and Dean of School of Business David Sollars, PhD
Professor Rosemary Walker, PhD
Professor Paul Byrne, PhD
Assistant Professor Manaf Sellak, PhD
The mission of the Economics program is teaching and instruction, supported by faculty involvement in basic and applied research as well as research that supports the teaching mission. The Economics faculty is committed to offering a high-quality baccalaureate Economics program that provides students with not only a broad general education background but also a thorough professional education. The Economics program offers courses in the University’s general education program as well as required and elective courses in other programs on campus, including those offered by the School of Business.
Learning Objectives for the Economics Concentration
Upon completion of the major in Economics, students will be able to do the following:
- Find facts and interpret them consistent with economic thinking.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how decision makers allocate scarce resources to achieve economic efficiency.
- Apply economic tools to analyze decisions made by consumers, firms, and policy makers.
- Use economic models to analyze the impact of various fiscal monetary, and trade policies on a nation’s economy.
Honors in Economics
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Economics, may qualify for Honors in Economics provided the following criteria are met:
- Accumulate a GPA of at least 3.50 in all economics courses applied to the BA degree, and
- Demonstrate superior research and/or independent study skills while enrolled in Economics 405, and
- Be approved for honors designation by a two-thirds vote of the School of Business faculty.
In fulfilling conditions (2) and (3), the student will be expected to provide any academic data requested and to provide the School with an extra copy of written work prepared for credit in EC 405 Honors Research in Economics. Written notice of intent to graduate with honors must be submitted by the student to the Office of the Dean, School of Business, early in the semester in which the student expects to graduate. This written notice is separate from any reporting requirements in place when EC 405 Honors Research in Economics is taken as part of the Washburn Transformational Experience (WTE) program.
Course offerings are listed in the School of Business section of the catalog.
Note: Both the Economics major within the BA degree and the Economics major area of concentration within the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program, as well as the minor in Economics, are administered by the Economics faculty within the School of Business. Course descriptions and further information are found in the School of Business section of the catalog. See, also, the subdivisions under Economics in the index.