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2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog 
2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics Department

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Shaw-Smyser 413
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Faculty Chairs:
Robert J. Carbaugh, summer and fall quarters
Shaw-Smyser 428

Koushik Ghosh, winter and spring quarters
Shaw-Smyser, 427

Robert J. Carbaugh
Koushik Ghosh
Richard S. Mack
Peter J. Saunders
Roy Savoian

Associate Professors
Timothy P. Dittmer
David W. Hedrick

Assistant Professors
Thomas Tenerelli
Charles S. Wassell Jr.

Non-tenure Annual Contract
Ronald D. Elkins

General Departmental Information

Positions of responsibility in today’s world are usually held by individuals who have the capacity to analyze complex problems and make intelligent decisions. Learning economics will help students think logically and improve their ability to use economic concepts to analyze “real world” problems and opportunities. In addition to preparation for business and government agency employment, an Economics major is excellent preparation for law schools, Master’s of Business Administration programs and graduate programs in economics, agricultural economics and natural resource management. The Economics Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with specializations in Managerial Economics and General Economics. Economics minors are offered to complement Accounting, Business Administration, and other majors.

The Department of Economics requires that all University general education requirements be fully met. In addition to these requirements, the B.S. Economics Major is comprised of the following components: 1) pre-admission courses providing necessary theoretical and quantitative skills to pursue studies in economics, 2) core courses in both micro and macro economic theory, and 3) a choice of supporting courses for each of the three economics major specializations.

Transfer Credits

Equivalent lower division (100-200 level) courses may be transferred toward meeting the pre-admission requirements for any B.S. degree in the College of Business.

Upper division (300-400 level) courses may be transferred toward meeting the major requirements only with the approval of the department chair and the College dean or designee.

Transfer students must earn a minimum of 45 quarter credits at CWU to be eligible for the B.S. Economics degree. Transfer students earning fewer than 45 quarter credits in their major at CWU must receive approval from the College dean prior to graduation.

Service to Other Majors

Students majoring outside the College of Business who are required to take courses in this college for either their major or minor will be eligible to enroll on a space-available basis. These students will be given priority over other non-college majors wishing to enroll in courses.

Bachelor of Science Economics Major with Specialization

Coursework counting toward the major cannot be taken credit/no credit by Economics majors. Double majors are available. Interested students should consult with their advisor or the department chair for details prior to enrolling.

The Economics faculty have determined the following objectives which apply to all B.S. Economics graduates:

  • Students completing an economics degree will possess the tools which enable them to analyze and understand macro and micro economic problems and policies.
  • Students will possess qualifications and knowledge which will help them to find employment in fields related to economics.
  • Students will acquire and be able to use basic tools to enable them to carry out quantitatively oriented tasks in their employment or their field of graduate studies.
  • Students completing the program should possess the communication and economic skills desirable in their future employment or graduate studies.


Economic and Business Forecasting Specialization
Economics Minor I
Economics Minor II
General Economics Specialization
Managerial Economics Specialization

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