Economics minor

The economics minor in the Department of Economics at Western Michigan University consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours of economics courses:

  • Six credit hours of Principles of Economics (ECON 2010 and 2020).
  • Nine credit hours of upper-level electives, 3000 level and above (excluding 5910, 5920 and 5980) which can be chosen from the large number of courses listed below.

Many departments and colleges require Econ 2010 and/or Econ 2020 for their major. So, students in these majors are already part-way to an economics minor.  Finishing out your economics minor will be easy. For example, 

  • HCOB – required to take Econ 2010 and Econ 2020, with Accounting and Finance majors required to take a 3rd economics course.  
  • Aviation – Flight Science requires Econ 2010, while Aviation Management & Operations requires Econ 2010, Econ 2020 and a 3000-level course 
  • Freshwater Science - Econ 2010 or Econ 2020 required, with those in the Sustainability Core also taking Econ 3190.
  • Geography - Community & Regional Planning – Econ 2010 and Econ 2020 required.
  • Engineering – most departments require Econ 2010 for Area V requirements.

While any course in the list below can be used as an upper-level elective, there are many courses that pair well with your major(s) or broad areas of interest: 

  • Accounting – Econ 3200, Econ 3240, Econ 3450, Econ 4000, Econ 4030, Econ 4060
  • Biomedical Studies – Econ 3180, Econ 3190, Econ 3210, Econ 3390
  • Data Analysis – Econ 3390, Econ 4020
  • Gender Studies – Econ 3090, Econ 3100
  • International – Econ 3210, Econ 3800, Econ 3840, Econ 3870, Econ 3880, Econ 3890
  • Medical Profession – Econ 3180, Econ 3390, Econ 3450


Courses that address this wide array of interests include:

  • ECON 3040–The Organization of Industries
  • ECON 3050–History of Economic Thought
  • ECON 3090–Women and the Economy
  • ECON 3100–Labor Economics
  • ECON 3150–Sports Economics
  • ECON 3180–The Economics of Medical Care
  • ECON 3190–Environmental Economics
  • ECON 3200–Money and Making
  • ECON 3210–The Economics of Immigration
  • ECON 3240–Public Finance
  • ECON 3390–Exploring Economic Data
  • ECON 3450–Business, Government and Society
  • ECON 3800–International Economics
  • ECON 3840–Economic Development
  • ECON 3870–Studies in Asian Economies
  • ECON 3880–African Economies
  • ECON 3890–Latin American Economies
  • ECON 4000–Managerial Economics
  • ECON 4840–Comparative Economic Systems

Minor form

Meet with your advisor to complete a minor form. The economics undergraduate advisor can help you tailor your minor to suit your particular interests and career plans. For example, management majors frequently take ECON 4000–Managerial Economics, and a large number of finance majors take ECON 3200–Money and Banking. Other courses fit well with interests in law, environmental management, international trade, human resources and government service.


Contact Dr. Michael Ryan, undergraduate advisor, for more information.