Economics Major

Dr. Geri Mason teaching Economics students

As a student in the Economics major in the School of Business, Government, and Economics at SPU, you will study many vital issues that affect human flourishing while emphasizing a Christian perspective on individual and society's decisions about how to organize the production and distribution of goods and services.

About the Economics Major

Economics is the study of human decision making, interconnectedness, and the distribution and allocation of scarce resources. This major emphasizes development and financial economics, with a focus on decision making, resource stewardship, and public policy.

Our program prepares students with industry experience through our SBGE internship program. Our students have held internships at leading local businesses and industries such as Safeco, Morgan Stanley, Starbucks, and Nordstrom. 

Students pursuing graduate study are encouraged to complete our 15 credit calculus series. Our graduates have gone on to study at top institutions such as Notre Dame, Baylor, and the University of Washington.

Degree Requirements

Economics students are required to take a total of 66 credits, including an economics core of 51 credits plus 15 elective credits towards one of five concentrations.


Economics students choose one of the following concentrations. Students may select multiple concentrations.

Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles

  • Economist
  • Government Analyst
  • Labor Economist
  • Research Assistant
  • Statistical Analyst

Possible Job Settings

  • Economic Research Firms
  • Federal & State Government
  • Financial Institutions
  • Political Action Groups
  • Universities
  • See More

Economics Graduate Profile – Class of 2016

Average Starting Salary: $35,000

Employment & Graduate School Rate: 93% (12 mo.)


All Economics majors (with the exception of those on the graduate school track) gain industry experience through internships, and will take a pre-internship class to help them find and apply for a qualified internship. 

Students who wish to pursue graduate studies complete 15 credits in the calculus sequence in lieu of an internship. These students may so choose to acquire an internship, but they are not required to do so. 

In addition to the required internship for most Economics majors, students may elect to gain even more real-world experience through additional jobs and internships. SPU's Center for Career and Calling offers online internship resources. Students and employers also use SPU's internship and job posting system, Handshake, which is updated weekly.

Faculty Contact

Geri Mason

Associate Professor of Economics, and Economics Chair
PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Phone: 206-281-2709
Office: McKenna Hall 209

Doug Downing

Why I Teach at SPU

Douglas Downing, Associate Professor of Economics; Adjunct Professor of Astronomy

"It is always exciting to have the opportunity to interact with SPU students in the classroom and help them learn very difficult material step-by-step, or to travel with students on a study abroad program. I became an economics teacher because of stories my parents told about growing up in the depression and seeing the need to find ways to help solve economic problems. I teach astronomy because it is very fun."