Minor in Economics

Why study economics as a Minor?

The Minor in Economics meets the needs of students who seek a basic foundation in economic analysis, with formal recognition of this on their transcripts. Economics explores how individuals, corporations and societies manage their scarce resources. The study of Economics emphasizes conceptual and analytical thinking, providing students an excellent way to acquire strong problem-solving skills and a logical, ordered way of dealing with unexpected challenges.

An Economics minor allows students to sample the Economics field while still focusing on their major. It greatly complements the skills developed in almost all business disciplines and allows non-Economics majors to broaden their education at UW Bothell. While Economics may not be your main field of study, an understanding of the basic Economics principles will prove useful in most career paths and it will help you immensely as a person, citizen and professional.

Process for declaring the Business Administration minor

University of Washington students from all non-business majors may earn a Minor in Business Administration at UW Bothell. Students enrolled at UW Seattle and UW Tacoma will be authorized for cross-enrollment in order to pursue the business minor. Interested students should discuss the feasibility of completing this minor with their major program advisor.

Meet with your academic advisor to plan completion of the minor prerequisites listed below. You can make an appointment with a School of Business advisor to discuss any of the Business minors. Once you’ve completed the prerequisites satisfactorily, admission to the minor is guaranteed. Either your academic advisor or a Business advisor can officially enter the Business Administration minor into your student record.


Before enrolling in the Economics minor, prospective students must achieve a minimum grade of 2.50 in Calculus and Statistics and a GPA of 2.70 across those two courses.

Prospective students must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.

Economics minor curriculum

At least three of the five courses must be completed at UW Bothell.

Course TypeCourses (prerequisites in parentheses)
Required Courses BBUS 220 – Introduction to Microeconomics
BBUS 221 – Introduction to Macroeconomics (BBUS 220, BIS 200, or B CUSP 200)
B BECN 302 – Intermediate Microeconomics (BBUS 220 or BIS 200 and B MATH 144
Elective Courses10 credits – Complete 2 courses from this list:

B BECN 458/B BUS 458 – Risk Modeling (B BECN 302)
B BECN 382 – Introduction to Econometrics (B BECN 302)
B BECN 460 – Financial Economics (BECN 302 and either B BECN 458, or STMATH 330 and STMATH 392)
B BECN 469 – Introduction to Game Theory (BBUS 310 or STMATH 124)

Registering for classes

Once you’ve officially declared the Business minor, you will be able to register for Business courses starting in Registration Period 2. Certain 300/400-level Business courses require add codes for students in the minor. Each quarter, prior to the start of Registration Period 2, we send all students in the Business Administration minor a link to a form used to request course registration assistance and add codes.

Graduating with the minor

When you meet with your academic advisor to apply for graduation, you will include your major and any minors on the application form. Upon graduation, the minor will be indicated on your transcript but will not appear on your diploma.

Educational values

What we want to see in our students:

  • Analytical rigor
  • Critical thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Ethical orientation
  • Work ethic
  • Engagement with business community

Additional information

For additional questions about the Economics minor, please contact Prof. Camelia Bejan at cameliab@uw.edu.