Because of the growing complexity and globalization of our world, it is important that students develop a solid understanding of economics. The need for improved economic reasoning is evident in the growing importance of events that raise crucial questions of resource usage in our society: climate change, increased mobility of labor, the spread of global markets and the fiscal problems associated with an aging population, to name but a few.
An economics minor allows UW Tacoma students to strengthen their facility with economic reasoning and conceptual understanding in a way that complements their studies in their chosen major/concentration. In this way, students can develop their economic reasoning and understanding and apply this knowledge to other areas such as communications, history, business, psychology, social work, sociology and literature. Current course work in an economics minor supports Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences’ Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PP&E) major. This minor allows students to benefit from this particular aspect of the PP&E curriculum while not requiring them to take the full PP&E curriculum.
Note: PP&E and Political Economy students cannot minor in Economics. This minor is open to Law and Policy major students.
Objectives of minor
Students minoring in economics develop the ability to use economic reasoning to understand current economic events and to participate in current policy debates. The minor helps prepare students for careers in teaching, journalism, business and law, as well as for admission to graduate programs in public policy, law, business, international relations, journalism and related fields.
The study of economics emphasizes conceptual and analytical thinking. A student with a minor in economics will have a solid understanding of economics and the relationship between economic, historical, political, environmental and/or social outcomes. A student completing a minor in economics should be able to:
- Engage in and employ economic reasoning
- Examine and explain the economics behind current events
- Analyze the relationship between economics and other areas of inquiry
Economics Minor course requirements
The Economics minor requires 25 credits. Students may request to transfer up to 10 credits to be applied toward the courses fulfilling the minor.
All minors must be completed with a 2.0 minor GPA. Please see an advisor to discuss details.
Required core courses: 10 credits
- TECON 200 OR TBECON 220 Introduction to Microeconomics (5)
- TECON 201 OR TBECON 221 Introduction to Macroeconomics (5)
Elective courses: 15 credits
15 credits from upper-division courses (300 - 400 level) from the economics track of Politics, Philosophy and Economics major (PP&E).
- TBECON 420 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
- TECON 313 Theories of Economic Development and Social Change
- TECON 332 Rise of East Asia
- TECON 340 International Economics
- TECON 350 Economic History of Europe
- TECON 360 Poverty in Developing Countries
- TECON 370 Economics and Social Mobility
- TECON 394 Comparative Economic Development
- TECON 401 Topics in Economic History
- TECON 410 Economics of Public Policy
- TECON 416 Current Issues in U.S. Public Policy
- TECON 417 Political Economy of India
- TECON 420 Economics of Education
- TECON 421 Environmental Policy
- TECON 425 Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy
- TECON 440 Global Economic Challenges
- TECON 450 Labor Economics and Policy
- TECON 460 China's Rise and its Global Economic Implications
- TECON 470 Economics of Health and Health Policy
- TGEOG 349 Geography and International Trade
- TPOLS 330 International Political Economy of Latin America
- TPOLS 460 Political Economy of European Union
- TPOLS 485 Study Abroad in Politics, Philosophy and Economics
How to declare
You can declare a minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have any questions about this process, please see your advisor.