Albers School of Business and Economics
International Economic Development Specialization

International Economic Development Specialization

  • In order to earn the bachelor of arts in economics degree with a specialization in international economic development, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits with a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.25, including the following:

    I. University Core Curriculum Requirements

    55 credits, including:

    Module I

    UCOR 1100 Academic Writing Seminar 5
    UCOR 1200 Quantitative Reasoning (satisfied in major)  
    UCOR 1300  Creative Expression and Interpretation 5
    UCOR 1400 Inquiry Seminar in the Humanities  5
    UCOR 1600 Inquiry Seminar in the Social Sciences 5
    UCOR 1800 Inquiry Seminar in the Natural Sciences 5

    Module II

    UCOR 2100 Theological Explorations 5
    UCOR 2500 Philosophy of the Human Person 5
    UCOR 2910 Ethical Reasoning Business 5

    Module III

    UCOR 3100 Religion in a Global Context 5
    UCOR 3400 Humanities and Global Challenges 5
    UCOR 3800 Natural Sciences and Global Challenges 5

    II. Major Requirements*

    65 credits, including:

    ECON 2100 Business Statistics 5
    ECON 2110 Principles of Economics—Micro 5
    ECON 2130 Principles of Economics—Macro 5
    ECON 310   Quantitative Methods and Applications 5
    ECON 3130   Global and Domestic Macroeconomics 5
    ECON 3110 Intermediate Microeconomics 5
    ECON Electives 30
    Electives in International Economic Development (15-20)
    Choose from: ECON 3710, 3750, 3780, 4720, 4760, 4770, 4790.
    With prior approval, one Seattle University economics study tour course to a developing country can count toward the specialization.
    General Economics Electives  (10-15)
    Choose from: upper-division ECON courses, excluding ECON 489 and those listed for International Economic Development. FINC 3430 may be included.

    Choose one of two courses for senior synthesis

    ECON 4800 History of Economic Thought 5
    ECON 4890 Senior Research (with permission of chair) 5

    Calculus, choose one of the following courses

    MATH 1130 Elements of Calculus for Business 5
    MATH 1334 Calculus 5

    III. Additional Requirements

    General Electives to total 180 credit hours. 55
    ACCT 2300 (Principles of Financial Accounting) and BCOM 2800 (Communications for Business) are recommended general electives.  

    * Major requirements must earn a C- grade or better.

    EXCEL Requirement

    All business students entering SU summer 2012 or later are required to pass the EXCEL Level I Certification Exam as follows:

    • Freshman students need to be certified by the time they have reached 45 credits.
    • Transfer students need to be certified by the end of their first quarter in Albers.

    For details, see the Excel FAQ.

    IV. Supplemental Activities

    Choose one of the following activities

    1. An internship with a government agency or NGO involved with international economic development, approved by the Department of Economics. (An example of potential agencies and NGOs is given here.)

    2. A minimum of one quarter (15 quarter credits) of related studies in an acceptable program in a developing country. The country and the course work must be approved prior to study abroad by the Albers School and Seattle University.

    3. Participation in a Seattle University sponsored Summer Education Abroad Course or campus ministry tour to a developing country.

    4. Participation in Seattle University's International Development Internship Program (counts as 5 quarter credits of a major or minor elective).