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Academic Programs


The Economics Department at Spelman College
in Coordination With the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration
Invites You to Attend a Public Forum on
African Americans and Retirement: What You Should Know Before it’s Too Late
Saturday, April 28, 2012
12:30-3:30 p.m.

Spelman CollegeAlbro-Falconer-Manley Science Center, Room 134
350 Spelman Lane Southwest
Atlanta, Ga 30314

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We deserve the information needed to make informed retirement decisions and make our retirement savings last.
Please join us for panel discussions on how to avoid pitfalls in the retirement marketplace and ways, especially for women, to better manage and protect retirement savings featuring:

  • Phyllis C. Borzi, Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security Administration
  • Naomi Karp, Policy Analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office for Older Americans
  • Dorothy Brown, Professor of Law, Emory University
  • Vickie Elisa, C'82, Director of Community Education (Atlanta), Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER)
  • Brian Smiley, Partner, Smiley Bishop & Porter LLP and Director, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)

The panel discussions will be moderated by M. Alexis Scott, Publisher, "Atlanta Daily World"

Registration is required to attend and is on a first come, first served basis. This public forum is free and open to the first 150 registrants. Please register as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to Meredith Regine at regine.meredith.e@dol.gov or by sending a fax at (202) 219-5526.

Economic Department Goals

The goals of the department of economics focus on the provision of economics instruction consistent with the finest traditions of a liberal arts education. The student shall comprehend the discipline of economics as not only one that relies on the scientific principles of prediction and forecasting, but 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.


A student who has successfully completed the major in economics will be able:

A student who has successfully completed the major in economics will be able to:

  1. 1. to comprehend the fundamental concepts and theoretical principles of the discipline;
  2. to identify the economic dimensions of societal problems by effectively using appropriate economic concepts and definitions;
  3. 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;
  4. to apply the analytical and theoretical framework of economics in the investigation of societal problems by exhibiting a comprehension of the economic decision-making process and its underlying rationale;
  5. to apply the analytical and theoretical framework of economics in the investigation of societal problems by exhibiting a comprehension of the necessity of relating economic theory to predictive and explanatory policy purposes;
  6. to apply the mathematical and quantitative tools of analysis for both problem solving and analytical purposes.
  7. to appreciate the role of economics in dealing with social problems traditionally examined by other social science disciplines.

Teacher Certification

The teacher preparation program incorporates knowledge and skills for teaching the major subject. Course work integrates general, content, professional and pedagogical knowledge.

A Secondary Teacher Preparation Program is offered by the education department as a minor program to be combined with the major program in economics. A student seeking certification to teach at the secondary level (grades 7-12) must complete:

  1. The general education and core requirements of the College
  2. A major program that offers a certifiable teaching field in economics
  3. A professional course sequence in secondary education (see education department professional course sequence)

Students should consult with the chairperson of the department of education as well as with the assigned academic advisor in the economics department.

Department Honors

The economics department recognizes academic excellence among its students majoring in economics who:

  1. Have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5
  2. Have a departmental grade-point average of 3.5

Departmental Honor Society

Departmental majors who have completed at least 12 hours of economics courses and who have both a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 and grade-point average of 3.5 in the major qualify for membership in the national economics honor society, Omicron Delta Epsilon. Omicron Delta Epsilon recognizes scholastic attainment and honors majors for outstanding achievement in economics.

Economics Club

The Economics Club is open to all economics majors and minors and students in the minor in management and organization. The Club is an official campus organization and provides a mechanism for students to participate in activities related to their major and minor. Activities of the Club include participation in the Thanksgiving Market Basket for Needy Families, participation in the VITA program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service to assist low-income families in completing their income tax forms, the sponsorship of outside speakers, participation in the annual department contribution to College Convocation, and the publication of the Club newsletter, "Economically Speaking."

Course Descriptions
Major and Minor Requirements
Management and Organizational Minor



Course Descriptions

Management Minor

Department of Economics

Spelman College
350 Spelman Ln.
Box 167
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 270-5697

Department location
Giles Hall 407

General Core Requirements:
ECON 141, ECON 241 and ECON 242
will satisfy the
social science
core requirement.