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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Economics

Office: Dudley Moorhead Hall 147

Telephone: 408-924-5400




Colleen Haight
Matthew Holian, Chair
Jeffrey Hummel
Tom S. Means
J. Michael Pogodzinski

Associate Professors

Rui Liu

Assistant Professors

Darwyyn Deyo
Aidin Hajikhameneh
Paul-Vincent Lombardi
Justin Rietz
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.


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