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Major Requirements | Economics Minor | Management and Organization Minor

Much more than finance, banking, business and government, a degree in economics is useful to all individuals and can lead to many interesting career choices. Watch this video created by The American Economics Association featuring Spelman alumna Britni Wilcher, C'2008, to discover how economics can be used as a tool for solving very human problems.


Success Adds Up for Economic Majors

Jerri DeVardYou can’t predict where a Spelman student succeeds, but rising to rarified heights is normal. Jerri DeVard, C’79, a Spelman economics graduate, is currently the chief marketing officer for ADT. Prior to joining ADT, the consumer brand veteran held high-level positions with companies including Nokia, Harrah’s, Citigroup and Verizon, as well as had her own marketing firm. The HBCU inspiration also earned an M.B.A. in marketing at Clark Atlanta University.

Finding the Framework of Economics

At Spelman, economics majors study one of the most complex disciplines.  But, under Chair Marionette Holmes, Ph.D., that means learning “to apply the analytical and theoretical framework of economics in the investigation of societal problems by exhibiting a comprehension of the economic method and its mode of inquiry.”

All economic majors have gained quantitative skills. But those who work with the public directly must also understand human impact of economic decision-making as the sources and uses of dollars and cents as they play out in how people feed, clothe, warm and shelter themselves.

The result is that Spelman has economics alumnae working at leading domestic and global companies, the public sector and at important nonprofits.


The goals of the economics department focus on the provision of an economics instruction consistent with the finest traditions of a liberal arts education. In this respect, the student shall comprehend the discipline of economics as not only one that relies on the scientific principles of prediction and forecasting, but as a discipline whose theorizing and policy making embodies cultural and normative considerations as well. This comprehension of economics as both science and art provides the economics major with the broad educational experience that allows one to pursue varied professional and graduate school opportunities as well as immediate endeavors in the world of work upon graduation.