Economics Minor

SPU students in class

A minor in Economics gives you a deeper, more well-rounded background for success as you major in Political Science or prepare for law school. It provides a better understanding of the often-misunderstood system behind profit and loss, micro- and macroeconomics, or the ethical implications of commerce. As an Economics minor, you will also satisfy requirements for a teaching endorsement in economics.


When you minor in Economics, you’ll gain the advantage of knowing how financial systems work ― and what it may take to move ahead. You’ll also be learning from professors with years of practical business and industry success, and you’ll be learning in an environment that emphasizes both competence and integrity within the context of Christian faith and values.

As an Economics minor at SPU, you’ll benefit from a unique approach that integrates the practical applications of business principles and the policies to put these principles into practice.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance is based upon a minimum Cumulative 2.70 GPA, completion of 5 credits in the minor with a 2.70 GPA, a minimum of 45 quarter credits of coursework complete (sophomore standing), and formal admittance to your primary major. Applications are available in Banner year-round. 

This minor is not available to students majoring in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, or other Business minors. If you are a Business major interested in Economics, please select the Economics concentration in your program. 

Course and Degree Requirements

Courses in this minor will cover topics such as micro- and macroeconomics, business ethics, and managerial economics. Review all of the requirements for a minor in Economics.

Ultimately you will need to take at least 30 credits to earn a minor in Economics, including 15 upper-division credits, with at least 15 credits earned at SPU.

Faculty Contact

Richard Sleight

Manager of Information Systems
PhD, University of Washington

Phone: 206-281-2265
Office: McKenna Hall 123A

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."