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Grasp the intricate inner workings of politics and economics. Sharpen critical thinking skills in a faith-based environment.

Understand the forces moving your world.

Ground your education in Christian values that help you see the world and your nation through the eyes of Christ! As part of the SAU political economy program, you will have the chance to not only explore the theories and practices instrumental in the political world, you will also learn to see the bigger picture that is the global community created by God. Integrate faith, liberal arts, technical skills and a love for others into your degree.

Program Stats

36 credit-hour major
20 credit-hour minor
3 credit practicum required (major)

Schedule a Visit

Plan your visit to SAU, and see the CP Federal Credit Union Trading Center, home to many classes offered by the Gainey School of Business.


At SAU, you’ll find professors who care about you personally. As a political economy student, you’ll learn from the following experienced and caring faculty members:

  • Mark Correll, Professor of History, Chair of the Department of History, Political Science and Geography
  • Mark Edwards, Associate Professor of History
  • Gary Britten, Associate Professor of Business
  • Caleb Chan, Professor of Business and Management, Dean of the Gainey School of Business
  • Randall Lewis, Professor of Finance

Prepare for your future with classes that tackle both the technical and the personal elements of political economic studies. Set yourself apart with any of these courses:

  • BUS 435 Business and Government (3)
  • ECN 221 Introduction to Microeconomics (3)
  • ECN 222 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3)
  • ECN 301 Money and Banking (3)
  • ECN/POL 322 Globalization: International Economics in the Information Age (3)
  • ECN/POL 323 Economics of the Third World (3)
  • ECN/POL 385 Practicum (3)
  • POL 311 Comparative Government (3)
  • POL 312 International Relations (3)

Find a complete list of political economy courses in the undergraduate catalog.

No matter which career you pursue, your political economy degree from SAU will prepare you to be an active, loving participant in your world. Discover what God has in store for your future by considering any of these career fields:

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Graduate Studies
  • Law
  • Politics

Your time at SAU is aimed at preparing you for the life and career God has in store for you. While you tackle political economic theories during lectures, take the chance to grow even further with these opportunities beyond the classroom:

  • Interfaith Shelter Ministries: Students regularly visit this homeless shelter in Jackson, Michigan to serve food and interact with people in need. Form relationships with people from all walks of life and live out Christ’s example of service in a very practical way.
  • Law and Politics Society: A non-partisan organization, LPS looks to teach participants about government and political issues through practical experience. Get involved at the local, state or national level to experience first-hand how the government works.
  • Model Arab League: Sponsored through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, this event seeks to help students understand the politics and history of the Arab world. Study a particular Arab nation with a team of SAU students, then “represent” that nation at a mock Arab League summit hosted at a participating Michigan university.
  • Multicultural and Intercultural Student Organizations: SAU celebrates students of every cultural background and seeks to provide opportunities for dialogue between various ethnicities. Take part in any one of the more than ten campus organizations dedicated to creating connections and relationships across cultures. Visit the intercultural relations website.
  • Student Government Association: With a goal of making sure the student voice is heard across campus, SGA serves as a liaison between students and the university administration. Help coordinate campus events, organize student groups and facilitate meaningful conversations between various student groups.