Undergraduate FAQ

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Do you have questions about the undergraduate programs in SPU’s School of Business, Government, and Economics? Find answers here to those questions.

What is unique about the SPU School of Business, Government, and Economics?

We offer a business education that emphasizes Christian faith, ethics, and values. Rather than viewing business simply as a means of generating shareholder wealth, we have called this “Another Way of Doing Business” — an approach that promotes business as a tool for serving the world. Learn more from our Dean.

We also focus on applied learning, and provide many opportunities for students to engage with each other and with business professionals inside and outside the classroom.

What majors and minors do you offer?

We offer majors and minors in Business Administration and Economics, a major in Accounting, and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Students who major in Business Administration can then choose a concentration in areas such as Economics, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Social Enterprise. Majors in Political Science, Global Development Studies, and the interdisciplinary Politics, Philosophy & Economics (PPE) also feature a number of specialized concentrations.

What are the requirements for admission into SPU’s School of Business, Government, and Economics?

Admission requirements for our various majors and minors vary.  Except for Political Science, all other SBGE majors have a single annual application window between December 20 and January 20.  Please refer to the specific program to which you intend to apply for specific admission standards.

How do I apply to SBGE?

There are two ways to apply to the School of Business, Government, and Economics.

  • You can apply for one of our majors when you apply to SPU by filling in the appropriate box on your SPU application. Only about 15 percent of our students are admitted in this “early decision” process.
  • Most of our students are admitted to the major in their sophomore or junior year at SPU. For these students we accept applications from mid-December to mid-January. If you apply then, you will submit your major application online via Banner. You will learn of the SBGE admission decision by early February.

How do I know it is a high-quality program?

Our graduating seniors regularly score in the top 10 percent of Business majors nationwide on an annual assessment of student learning. We were the first school in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities to obtain accreditation from AACSB International, an external validation of program quality attained by only 5 percent of business schools in the world.

What is the classroom experience like? How big are classes? How accessible are professors?

Our class sizes range from about 10 to 45 students; lower-division classes are in the upper end of that range, while upper-division classes tend to be smaller.

Because we are a relatively small program, students get to know each other and their professors very well as they encounter some of the same people from one class to the next. Close friendships among students and mentoring relationships with faculty are common within SBGE. We look forward to having you join our community!

What kinds of study abroad opportunities are available?

Each year SBGE sponsors a study abroad program during Autumn Quarter led by our faculty. Our “SPU Business Abroad” or SPUBA program has gone to Europe and Asia, and future SPUBA trips to other countries are being developed. In recent years, students have traveled with our faculty to visit businesses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing. The experience culminated in a term at a Chinese university where SBGE students studied international business, and the Chinese language and culture.

In addition to our SPUBA program, students can participate in any of the SPU study abroad programs available across campus. Our students have studied abroad in South Africa, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Great Britain, Costa Rica, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and more.

What student clubs do you have?

There are three student clubs in SBGE.

  • All students majoring or minoring in SBGE are members of BEGIN.   Led by a team of student officers, BEGIN puts on a number of social events and provides opportunities for students to interact with the dean, faculty, and local business professionals in an informal setting.
  • Beta Alpha Psi (ΒΑΨ) is an honorary organization for accounting, information systems, and finance students. ΒΑΨ provides opportunities for self-development, service, and association among members and practicing professionals.
  • The SPU Student Investment Fund (SPUSIF) is a team of finance students under the direction of Dr. Dan Hess, Professor of Finance, who research opportunities and make actual trades on behalf of SPU.
  • An honor society rather than a club, Beta Gamma Sigma (ΒΓΣ) is the international honor society for business programs accredited by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Our top Accounting and Business administration students earn the right to join ΒΓΣ.
  • Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society for Political Science students.  Global Development Studies students who qualify may also be inducted into ΠΣΑ or ΟΔΕ.
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon (ΟΔΕ) is the national honor society for students of Economics.

BEGIN, ΒΑΨ, and SPUSIF officer applications come out every spring for the following academic year. But you don’t have to be an officer to participate — just show up!

How does SBGE connect with the business community?

We emphasize applied learning throughout the curriculum. Many of our courses connect students with businesses in our local community, where students have the chance to observe, analyze practices of, interact with, and provide feedback to business leaders. We bring in senior-level executives each quarter through our Dean’s Speaker series, and every year we bring in a nationally recognized business leader as part of our Distinguished Speaker Luncheon series, which is free to all of our students.

What is the Mentor Program like? How can I sign up?

All students have the opportunity to participate in the Mentor Program. There are a limited number of spots available that are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis each quarter. Applications are submitted online through the SPU Banner system.

Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment with the director of the Center for Applied Learning. After learning more about you and your interests, the CAL director will match you with a compatible mentor and provide you with contact information so you can schedule your first meeting. From there, it is up to you and your mentor to schedule meeting times and to formulate what you both hope to get out of the mentorship experience.

What is the Social Venture Plan Competition?

The Social Venture Plan Competition is a business plan competition in which students present business ideas designed to generate positive social change. Student teams work to develop a written business plan, and then participate in a showcase event where they promote heir ideas to business professionals in the community. Each year thousands of dollars in prize money are awarded to winning teams.

Do you have internships?

Yes! The integration of course work with real-life; experiences is invaluable, and we require all of our business administration majors, and our economics majors who do not choose to complete MAT 1236 Calculus III, to do an internship. The SBGE required internship program consists of these three parts:

  1. Pre-internship Class (BUS 2910); equips you with the tools and confidence needed to obtain an internship.
  2. Internship Experience; complete an approved internship that relates to your SBGE coursework that will develop your professional skills.
  3. Post-internship Reflection Course (BUS 4942); gives you the opportunity to reflect on the lessons you learned outside the classroom and to think about how the experience shapes your vocational and career plans after graduation.
Although an internship is not required for other SBGE majors, it is strongly encouraged.

How long will it take me to graduate?

A traditional freshman with no credits can expect to complete the accounting, business, or economics degree in four years. Transfer students who complete their Associate Degree through a Direct Transfer Agreement, can expect to complete the major requirements in two years.

Students who would like to sit for the CPA exam need to complete an additional year’s worth of credits, and typically graduate in five years. Each student is unique, and it is important to keep in touch with your academic advisor when planning your class schedule.

What career services are available to students?

The SPU Center for Career and Calling is designed to help students discover purpose and passion for their lives. Rather than simply provide job referrals, the CCC works with students on understanding their strengths and interests. We offer opportunities for résumé development, mock interview experiences, and connections to internship and job opportunities locally and across the country.


Jake Carlson

Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs
MA, Seattle Pacific University

Email: jake@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2895
Office: McKenna Hall 208

First-Generation College Student Jennifer Long

Meet Jennifer Long

Jennifer Long '13 is a first-generation college graduate and School of Business, Government, and Economics alumna who is now working with Boeing.

McKenna Hall

A Different Standard

Since opening its doors in 1977, SPU’s School of Business, Government, and Economics has been committed to “another way of doing business.”