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About the BA and BS in Economics Degree

Why Study Economics at Cedarville?

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian economics degree, offered by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business, will prepare you for success in a variety of careers. You can choose from a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS). The BS option is especially well-suited for those who plan to go to graduate school. At Cedarville, you will study in a tradition of free market economics (with an Austrian flair), focusing  on the intersection of faith and economics.

Everyone lives and works in our market economy. Regardless of where you exercise your ministry — in private enterprise, the government, or in a church or missionary setting — 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.

The economics program also has a robust minor that helps cement the "economic way of thinking" in students with other majors.

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What Sets Cedarville Apart?

Program Overview

Bachelor's in Economics Program Highlights

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.

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. This perspective will help you understand which economic system best leads to human flourishing while also minimizing the harm that fallen human beings can do to one another.

Problem-Solving — 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 Robert W. Plaster School of Business, 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.

Why Study Economics at Cedarville?

Cedarville takes a broad, traditional economics program and integrates it with a biblical worldview to make it the ideal place to study.

What Can You Do With an Economics Degree?

An economics degree from Cedarville will prepare you for success in a variety of careers. Although roles in management are the most common in business, economics majors are successful in law, banking, insurance, finance, nonprofit, and international relations, as well as academic roles. Governments at every level hire economists to manage and evaluate their operations.

Our students are also well prepared to go on to graduate school, potentially with scholarships that faculty members help steer them toward.

What Can You Do With an Economics Degree?

From public policy to grad school, discover what you can do with an economics degree from Cedarville.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

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.

Internships — You will gain valuable experience through internships at companies like JPMorgan Chase, as well as studying public policy through the Koch Fellowship program.

Student Organizations — You 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 Robert W. Plaster School of Business by building community among students and faculty, fostering relationships, and planning and executing events and programs.
  • 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.

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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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Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

Program Level and Format

  • Undergraduate
  • Residential
  • 4-Year
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Program Faculty

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Jeffrey Haymond, PhD

Dean, Robert W. Plaster School of Business; Professor of Economics


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Jared Pincin, PhD

Associate Professor of Economics


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Galen Smith, DMin

Professor Emeritus of Economics


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Bert Wheeler, PhD

Professor of Economics


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