The Department of Economics at Western Michigan University plays a major role in enhancing basic economic understanding on campus in economics programs and through its inclusion in the curricula of other programs such as business, engineering and general education.

At the undergraduate level, the department offers several majors and a minor that equip students for employment or for further professional study.

Western Michigan University seniors may enroll into the Accelerated Graduate Degree Program to begin accumulating as much as 12 credits (four courses) toward the completion of a master's degree while completing their bachelor's degree. Students pay the undergraduate tuition rates for these courses.

At the graduate level, the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees prepare students for careers as professional economists in both academic and nonacademic settings.


Congratulations for our Alumni Achievement Award recipient for 2017, David J. Donovan who is a management consultant, a startup company investor and an active community volunteer.  David graduated in 1971 from Western Michigan University with a BS in Economics.

Congratulations to Ama Abrokwah, Daniel Mengistu and Frank Ofori for participating in the eleventh annual Research and Creative Activities Poster and Performance Day in April 2017. All three students were selected as prize winners in this prestigious contest.

Congratulations to Ama Abrokwah for being the 2016-17 Department Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award Recipient.

Congratulations to Daniel Mengistu for successfully completing the Graduate Student Teaching Intensive program.

Sisay Asefa and Wei-Chiao Huang have edited a new book titled “The Political Economy of Good Governance.” The book, just released by the Upjohn Press, features papers presented by a notable group of social scientists during WMU’s 2012-13 Sichel Lecture Series. Asefa and Huang wrote the book’s introduction, presenting a useful definition of governance as well as the general points of good governance and challenges to it. They also wrote the final chapter, which examines topics that relate governance to sustainable development and poverty reduction. The book’s contributors explore additional key dimensions of good governance, as well as what deleterious and negative consequences may arise in its absence. They connect the importance of education, health, climate change, political parties and other issues to address the challenges of creating a world where more countries embrace good governance policies to benefit their peoples.

Congratulations to our alumni Isabel Ruiz and Carlos Vargas-Silva (Ph.D. 2006) for their recent publication in the most prestigious economics journal: Ruiz, Isabel, and Carlos Vargas-Silva. 2015. "The Labor Market Impacts of Forced Migration." American Economic Review, 105(5): 581-86.