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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
The Economics minor requires 25 credits: 10 credits in two required foundational classes (TECON 201/TBECON 200 Microeconomics and TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics) and 15 credits of three additional electives at the 300-and 400-level, that develop a more advanced understanding of economics. Students may request to transfer up to 10 credits to be applied toward the courses fulfilling the minor. Students must maintain an average GPA of 2.0 in the five classes that satisfy the minor requirements.
How to declare
You can declare a minor by using the declare/change major 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.