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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Economics

About the B.A. and B.S. in Economics Degree

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian economics degree will prepare you for success in a variety of careers. You can choose from a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.). At Cedarville, you will study in a tradition of free market economics, with a special focus on the intersection of faith and economics.

Everyone lives and works in our market economy. Regardless where you exercise your ministry — in a church or missionary setting, the government, or private enterprise — you relate to many people you do not know well through economic connections. Cedarville’s economics major helps you maximize these ministry opportunities while preparing you for a career in management or other general business vocations. You will leave with enhanced problem-solving abilities and an in-depth understanding of economic principles integrated with biblical truth.

This program is also offered as a minor.

Economics Program Highlights

Biblical integration — In Cedarville's economics major, your study will begin with a Christian anthropology, understanding that men and women are created in the image of God, yet are fallen. That will lead you to study economics from a comparative institutional analysis perspective: What economic system will lead to human flourishing while also minimizing the harm that fallen human beings can do to one another.

Free market perspective — Cedarville professors provide a unique, free market perspective from an Austrian and classical liberal (the bedrock of conservative economic and political thought) foundation.

Economic way of thinking — Economics majors learn a particular method for problem-solving often referred to as the “economic way of thinking.” Employers value employees who are problem-solvers.

Broad-based foundation — While the economics major is housed in the School of Business Administration, major courses are taught not only by economics faculty but also by faculty from the Department of History and Government. Cedarville’s economics major focuses on political economy. Economics, political science, and history professors at Cedarville University blog at Bereans at the Gate.

Outcomes for Economics Majors

What can you do with an economics degree? You can find careers in a variety of fields with a bachelor’s in economics. Although roles in management are the most common, economics majors are successful in law, medicine, government, nonprofit, and international relations, as well as academic roles.

Opportunities for Economics Majors

Internships — Internships give our students real-world experience in the economics field.

Integrated Business Core (IBC) — Recognized by The Washington Post, this two-semester program allows students to integrate classroom learning with practical business experience. As part of a team, you’ll develop a business plan, obtain financing, market and sell a product, and donate your profits to a local charity.

Student Organizations — Students can choose to participate in business-related student organizations like:

  • A local chapter of the Executive Council with Values and Capitalism sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute
  • Economics Club — Students interested in political and economic events meet for discussion, fellowship, and fun. Students in the economics club are instrumental in facilitating on-campus political and economic events.
  • Student Leadership Team (SLT) — The SLT serves the School of Business Administration by building community among students and faculty, fostering relationships, and planning and executing events and programs.
  • Enactus — Enactus is an organization that provides our students the opportunity to make a difference, develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise.
  • Women in Business — Women in Business is an organization dedicated to helping women in professions learn more about reaching goals in careers, at home, and in service.

Student Entrepreneurship

Chase Summerlin shares his experiences leading a team of student entrepreneurs who started a real company with real business investors as part of the IBC program.

Business Administration

Cedarville's School of Business teaches business through a biblical lens emphasizing excellence, stewardship, leadership, and Kingdom influence.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 99% of 2016 graduates from the School of Business Administration were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Program Faculty

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Jeffrey Haymond, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Business Administration/Associate Professor

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Bert Wheeler, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics, Berry Chair of Economics

School of Business Administration

Economics Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take basic business courses laying the foundation for successful integration into management and general business positions. Your economics core includes basic principles that are then expanded on and enhanced in intermediate theory classes.

Sample courses:
  • Comparative Economic Systems
  • Money and Financial Markets
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