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    Southern Oregon University
  Dec 13, 2017
2013-14 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics Program


Taylor 213
Linda Wilcox Young, Coordinator

Professor Associate Professor Adjunct Faculty  
Ric Holt Milan (Kip) Sigetich Douglas Gentry  
Hassan Pirasteh   Rebecca Reid  
Daniel L. Rubenson      
Linda Wilcox Young      

Economics is part of the Social Sciences, Policy, and Culture Department. The logical, ordered way of examining problems and issues taught in the economics program benefits individuals in all lines of work. The program draws from history, psychology, mathematics, philosophy, and other disciplines to prepare individuals for responsibilities ranging from household management to business decision making. Economics courses explore how to reduce unemployment, control inflation, analyze tax policies, and confront problems as diverse as productivity and environmental decay.

Studying economics is an ideal way to prepare for work on a master of business administration degree or for entrance into law school.

Private business firms, banks, and other financial institutions employ economists to undertake specialized economic analysis and to evaluate their market positions and profit possibilities, government domestic economic policies and the implications for their business, and international economic events affecting the operation of their institutions.

Firms also employ economics graduates to perform nonspecialized work in sales and management. Economists are involved in community, state, and regional planning and various other jobs in government and nonprofit organizations. Many economists find employment in planning positions in foreign countries, where they work for the State Department, the Department of Commerce, the Treasury Department, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and similar agencies. Economists are also employed as professors and administrators in colleges and universities.

Finally, economists engage in private research and act as consultants to individuals, corporations, and government agencies. The logical, encompassing approach of economics leads to a wide range of career opportunities, enabling students to analyze many diverse topics, both in a professional capacity and in their day-to-day lives.

Students may obtain a minor in economics or even a double major (e.g., economics teamed with business, political science, or international studies) with very little extra coursework, particularly if they begin planning early.

Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree Program

Economics majors may participate in the Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree Program.

Program Requirements