economics

Economics is taught across the curriculum. We apply economic theory to a broad array of issues, including poverty and economic inequality; public policy; alternatives to capitalism; environmental policy; corporate behavior; social equity; unemployment; and social movements.

We emphasize economic history and inequality by race, class, and gender, and focus on multiple schools of economic theory from neoclassical and Keynesian theory to feminist economics and Marxist political economy.

You’ll have opportunities to study foundations of economic theory and their implications for economic policy, and the major debates among economists about such issues as the proper role of government and how to best end poverty and other problems.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2017–18
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Alternatives and Resistance to Global Capitalism: Mexico, U.S., and Beyond SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Ecological and Environmental Economics JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Environmental Problem Solving FR-SO
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
From Black Liberation to Solidarity Economics: Social Movements in the Neoliberal Era FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Fundamentals of Finance for Non-profit and Public Sector Management FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Intermediate Macroeconomics SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Introduction to Environmental Studies: River Resources SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Making Feminist Sense of Economics and Politics FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland: Researching Neoliberalism in Local Neighborhoods FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12, 16
Personal Finance and Investing FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Political Economy and Social Movements FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
The Price of Inequality: Politics, Economics, and Policy FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Understanding the Economic Crisis: Vanishing Jobs, Shrinking Middle Class FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Advertising and Social Media JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Alternatives to Capitalism SO-SR
  • Spring
12, 16
Climate Justice SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Current Economic Issues and Social Movements FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Dimensions of Inequality: Social Science and Statistics SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Geopolitics, Energy, Economics, and Stewardship of the Pacific Northwest SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Intermediate Business Foundations FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Intermediate Microeconomics SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Native Pathways Program: Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Political Economy and Environmental and Social Movements: Race, Class, and Gender SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Social Entrepreneurship and Development: Management, Sustainability and Finance FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Who Gets What?: Political Economy of Income, Wealth, and Economic Justice FR
  • Winter
16
Who Gets What?: Political Economy of Race, Class and Gender FR-SO
  • Fall
16