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Economics Major

A major must complete 40 semester hours of economics courses and 4 semester hours of calculus. A minimum grade of “C” is required in the completion of the 40 semester hours of economics coursework and in the 4 hours of required calculus.

It is strongly suggested that the student complete MATH 211 prior to the junior year. Of the 40 semester hours, 8 semester hours should be devoted to elective courses in economics at the 300 level.

Students planning to pursue graduate work in economics should take more than the required 8 semester hours of elective economics coursework. Elective spheres of concentration in economics are international economics, industrial organization, economic development, political economy, and public policy.

Students majoring in economics as well as those majoring in other disciplines can combine major study with a minor in management and organization, the latter being housed in the Department of Economics. Completion of the coursework in the management and organization minor allows the students in other disciplines to develop a business focus.

A student who has successfully completed a major in economics will be able to do the following and more:  

  1. Identify the economic dimensions of societal problems by effectively using appropriate economic concepts and definitions.

  2. 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.

  3. Apply the mathematical and quantitative tools of analysis for both problem solving and analytical purposes.

Student Highlight

Spelman economics major Alexis Porter

Alexis Porter, C'2021

Alexis “Lex” Porter, is a senior economics major from Chicago, Illinois. Throughout her collegiate career, Porter has served in various leadership roles such as the 1st president of the Spelman Economics Club, the chairwoman of the Building Your Economic Legacy and treasurer of the “Sweet” Mu Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

She is also an honor student, a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  

Additionally, Porter has been afforded several professional experiences through her internships with top tier companies such as Kellogg, Comcast, Deloitte Consulting, Ares Management, the Atlanta Hawks, and ESPN. After graduation this May, she will join Deloitte Consulting as a business technology analyst. 



Sophomore Year

• ECON 203 Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics (4)
• ECON 241 Principles of Macroeconomics (4)
• ECON 242 Principles of Microeconomics (4)

Junior Year

• ECON 303 Econometrics (4)
• ECON 304 Mathematical Economics (4)
• ECON 315 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (4)
• ECON 316 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (4)

Senior Year

Students will be required to take an exit exam.
• ECON 400 Senior Thesis (4) or for College-wide Honors Students
• ECON 490 Senior Thesis – Honors I (4)
• ECON 491 Senior Thesis – Honors II (4)
• Major Electives Two courses (8)

TOTAL: 40 (44 for Honors Students)

Cognate Courses

• MATH 211: Applied Calculus (4)

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Economics Department
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane SW
Atlanta, GA  30314

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