Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Department of Economics

Office: Dudley Moorhead Hall 147

Telephone: 408-924-5400

Email: economics@sjsu.edu

Website: www.sjsu.edu/economics


Colleen Haight
Matthew Holian, Chair
J. Michael Pogodzinski

Associate Professors

Rui Liu
Justin Rietz

Assistant Professors

Darwyyn Deyo
Aidin Hajikhameneh
Paul-Vincent Lombardi
Patralekha Ukil


Economics stresses the role of markets and institutions on business, political and socioeconomic outcomes. By emphasizing applied economics, the program encourages majors to hone their strategic thinking skills, learn to anticipate the unintended consequences of actions, and engage in consequential thinking about changes over time. By stressing oral and written communication and statistical analysis, the program encourages majors to acquire the skills necessary to communicate ideas. Economics graduates use economic tools to evaluate and pose reasoned solutions to multi-faceted, complex problems, as a result, they are in high demand in any field where decision making and reasoning are emphasized. Our bachelor’s degree is an excellent springboard to an MBA or law degree. Our master’s program prepares graduates for research and policy positions in government and business. Although we emphasize applied economics, we also provide students with the rigorous preparation necessary to pursue doctorates in economics.

Honors Program

To graduate with Economics Department honors student must have an overall GPA of 3.2; a GPA of 3.5 for all upper division economics courses. For more information, and to apply for honors, please consult the Economics Department website.


    Undergraduate Major(s)

    Undergraduate Minor(s)


    Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars

    Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Programs  programs are combined bachelor’s and master’s programs at SJSU (per University Policy F19-1). Sometimes they may also satisfy the requirements for a credential. Students in these programs pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. These program allow students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.

    SJSU Online

    The mission of SJSU Online is to expand higher education access and degree attainment for learners requiring a fully online degree pathway. These upper division degree completion programs are offered through a special session that requires a separate application process. If interested, please contact one of our Enrollment Counselors for more information.