Minor in Economics

APU’s economics minor teaches students to think critically and analytically, preparing them to address complex problems in a wide variety of settings.

21 units

The economics minor focuses on a deep understanding of the economic environment of business, including labor, environmental, and international issues. Students become grounded in economic theory and practical applications. 

The Benefits of Adding a Minor

A minor can help students complement their bachelor’s degree and stand out to future employers, helping them expand their employment opportunities as they study an additional area of interest. Complementary minors provide students the opportunity to demonstrate added expertise in their field and specialize in an area that may provide an edge in their job search, and also add knowledge that can be used throughout an individual’s career.  


The economics minor allows no more than three courses in the student’s major to count toward this minor.

ECON 200Survey of Economics 13
ECON 350Intermediate Macroeconomics 23
ECON 351Intermediate Microeconomics 33
Select four of the following:12
Environmental Economics
Labor Economics
Urban and Regional Economics 4
Special Topics in Economics
Financial Markets and Institutions
International Trade and Finance
Theory and Practice of Public Administration
Public Administration Practicum 4, 5
Total Units21

Meets the General Education Social Sciences requirement.


Offered Fall semester.


Offered Spring semester. 


Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.


PADM 399 counts for 3 units of minor elective credit and 3 units of non-minor elective credit.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Competent Business Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge in multiple business disciplines, including management, finance, marketing, accounting and economics.
  2. Critical Thinking: Identify and solve business problems using analytical and critical thinking skills.
  3. Christian Business Ethics: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate business decisions based on a Christian perspective.
  4. Written Communication: Convey ideas clearly through professional written communication.
  5. Oral Communication: Express ideas effectively through professional oral presentations.
  6. Collaborative Teamwork: Demonstrate the ability to function as an effective business team member.
  7. Comprehensive Global Awareness: Identify cultural, economic and political aspects of business in a global environment.
  8. Discipline Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge of economics concepts.
  9. Discipline Problem Solving/Strategy: Solve core economics problems, or analyze economics situations and provide strategy for effectiveness.