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Department of Economics
The Craig School of Business
ANTONIO AVALOS, Chair
SHERRY REICH, Department Administrative Coordinator
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Peters Business Building, Room 385
Antonio Avalos, Chair
Va Nee Van Vleck
The faculty of the department is staffed by professors whose primary
professional commitment is to undergraduate education. Every member participates
in the full range of teaching assignments from moderate sized sections of
economics principles to small, upper-division classes (averaging 16 students).
They offer a wide variety of courses ranging from the traditional core of
intermediate micro and macroeconomic theory to problem-oriented courses,
as the economics of health, crime, sports, and government regulation. The
background of the faculty, like its program offerings, represents a broad
spectrum of intellectual tastes and professional specialties.
Economics is the social science that studies the way in which societies are organized to produce the goods and services that sustain and enhance the life processes of the community. As a fundamental scientific discipline, economics employs systematic analysis in the study of the production and distribution of income within and among nations. Since all social policy issues in modern societies have an economic dimension, the study of economics offers the student an opportunity to investigate the most important and exciting problems of political economy facing the world today.
Such topics as inflation, unemployment, business cycles, international trade and finance, and development have long been within the province of economics. More recently, the economic way of thinking has been extended to other areas. Economic theories have been used to explain crime rates, birth rates, class conflict, pollution, marriage decisions, migration, and many other topics involving human behavior.
Economics majors acquire skills in critical and analytical thinking that contribute to an individual's intellectual independence and self-confidence in the problem-solving processes. In addition, economics majors confront the necessity of developing a broad view of the options facing humankind in organizing the production and distribution of income. The literature of economics presents widely diverse systems of political economic philosophy. The department offers a well-developed and balanced curriculum.
The program in economics is designed to give the student maximum flexibility. A typical economics major might take courses in intermediate macroeconomic theory and statistics while also learning about global corporations in the third world, or the regional economy, or pursue an independent study project on the foundations of supply-side economics. The economics major is designed to permit the student to pursue a broad liberal arts undergraduate degree, integrating the study of economics with other social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and business administration.
Center for Economic Research and Education of Central California
The Center for Economic Research and Education of Central California
enhances economic development and economic literacy in the San Joaquin Valley
by using the expertise of our faculty and the skills of our students. The
center sponsors research on regional issues such as unemployment, health
care, and pollution. It also provides economic education services such as
teacher workshops and curriculum consultation.
Graduates of the department pursue a variety of challenging careers in
industry, finance, education, and government. The economics B.A. is an excellent
foundation for graduate study in public administration and business. The
undergraduate major in economics has also proved to be an ideal prelaw major.
The faculty provides counseling on legal careers to students interested
in this career option. A number of distinguished attorneys are graduates
of the department.
Careers for professional economists fall into the following patterns:
- Business - roughly one-third of all economists are employed by private firms both large and small, although big corporations, banks, and insurance companies tend to employ larger staffs of economists.
- Government - approximately one out of five professional economists works for a local, state, or federal government agency.
- Education - about 45 percent of all economists are involved
in teaching the discipline. There is a reawakening of interest in teaching
economics in the secondary and even primary grades as more states are beginning
to mandate economics in the curriculum.