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.
Economics students are required to take a total of 68 credits, including an economics core of 53 credits plus 15 elective credits towards one of five concentrations.
Economics students choose one of the following concentrations. Students may select multiple concentrations.
Sample Job Titles
- Government Analyst
- Labor Economist
- Research Assistant
- Statistical Analyst
Possible Job Settings
- Economic Research Firms
- Federal & State Government
- Financial Institutions
- Political Action Groups
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Economics Graduate Profile – Class of 2017
Average Starting Salary: $41,253
Employment & Graduate School Rate: 95% (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.