Economics

Programs offered
  • Economics (major, minor, and tracks)

Economics is the allocation of resources among competing uses. You will study many vital issues that affect human welfare in the Economics major at SPU, with emphasis on a Christian perspective on society’s decisions about how to organize the production and distribution of goods and services. The Economics major presents the study of economics as one of the social sciences.

Find out more about this program’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

Economics (BA)

You will study many vital issues that affect human welfare in the Economics major at SPU. This major emphasizes a Christian perspective on society’s decisions about how to organize the production and distribution of goods and services.

  • A minimum 66 credits are required for this major, including 39 upper-division credits.
  • You may choose a general track, or you may choose one of three concentration options by completing 15 elective credits within that particular discipline.
  • You must meet the major requirements in effect at the time of your admittance to the major
  • You must have a minimum of 35 credit hours in the major at SPU.

Additional competencies and requirements

Spreadsheet Competency requirement

Demonstration of spreadsheet competency is required of all students graduating with a Business, Accounting, or Economics degree. You can document this by passing BUS 1700 or by passing the MOS 77-420 exam. For questions regarding the Spreadsheets Competency Requirement, contact Dr. Sleight at sl8@spu.edu.

New Majors Dessert Attendance

Newly admitted students of Business; Accounting; Economics; Global Development; and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics are required to attend an orientation event typically held in February each year. Admission to the major is conditional upon attendance.

Apply to the major

You are required to make formal application and be admitted to the Economics major prior to enrollment in most upper-division courses. Admission is selective and based upon your prior academic performance.

You may apply online annually only between December 20 and January 20. SBGE does not accept applications outside this window.

To meet the minimum requirements for application to the major, you must:

  • Have attained at least sophomore standing (45+ college credits).
  • Complete at least 15 credits in BUS, ACCT, and ECN at SPU  (10 credits for transfer juniors and seniors).
  • Have either a 2.70 cumulative GPA and 2.70 SBGE GPA, or, a 3.0 SBGE GPA. Attainment of the minimum GPA standards does not guarantee admission as the total number of students admitted is limited by capacity.
  • Submit an application December 20-January 20.

Economics minor

VIEW DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A minor in Economics is a great compliment to any undergraduate major.

  • A minimum of 30 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • You must have a minimum cumulative 2.9 GPA in a minimum of 45 quarter credits of coursework, as well as be formally admitted to your primary major.
  • You may formally apply for this minor year-round.
  • This minor is not available to Business majors (Business majors can complete the Economics concentration).

Apply to the minor

A minor in Economics can be a valuable addition to a major such as Political Science, or if you are preparing for law school. These requirements also satisfy the requirements for a teaching endorsement in Economics.

  • A minimum of 30 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.9 in a minimum of 45 quarter credits of coursework is required.
  • You are required to make a formal application to this minor, which you may do at any time during the year.

Economics Department

Visit Economics on the School of Business, Government, and Economics website, and see how this degree can help you achieve your goals and make a difference in the world.

Time Schedule: Economics

Course planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.