The Economics Undergraduate Advising Center
The advising center is located in 2216 Social Sciences and Humanities building (second floor). Advising hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30-11:00am and 1:00-4:00pm. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you may contact 530-752-9241 or email email@example.com. The following information is required to schedule an appointment:
- Student ID number
- Reason for your visit
- Preferred dates and times (if you are scheduling by email)
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The Economics Undergraduate Advisors
Staff advisors are available to assist you with various student services related to the major including academic planning, petition review, course selection, career pathway development, and special study progress. Peer advisors are also available to assist you with general course planning and questions about the major.
The following staff advisors are able to assist you during scheduled appointments and drop-in hours:
The Economics Faculty Advisors
Faculty advisors are available to assist you with questions regarding research opportunities, graduate programs, and insight to course planning. To meet with a faculty advisor, please schedule an appointment or utilize office hours:
The Economics Major
Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources in society and the problems involving the use and distribution of those resources. Thus, broadly defined, economics is concerned with: the ways in which prices, wages and profits are determined; theways in which production and distribution change over time; and the ways in which government affects the economy by monetary, fiscal and other policies.
Economics offers a good introduction to ideas about how the economy operates as a whole system, rather than focusing on the functioning of its individual parts. This knowledge is useful in analyzing questions like: Can the government guarantee that there will never be another "Big Depression"? What ways are there of making an economy grow more quickly or slowly? Does a country gain by joining a common market of trading nations? How can pollution be regulated and what must be given up to get less pollution? What is the extent and cost of poverty and discrimination and how effective will various programs be at combating them? What is the historical basis of our current economic institutions and policies?
Economics majors learn how to answer these questions for themselves and how to analyze and criticize alternative answers to such questions. The ability to do this is clearly useful for people planning to go on after undergraduate work to law school, business school, advanced work in economics, graduate work in international relations, research staff positions with government, business, or labor unions, or management
positions with business, government, and non-profits or think tanks like Common Cause, Ralph Nader's Associates, the Sierra Club, American Enterprise Institute, etc.
The major educates the student in the basic theoretical foundations of our economy, employing principles of supply and demand, individual, business and social behavior; prices, the economics of production, and theories of social welfare maximization. While the department does provide a course in financial economics, it does not teach management, marketing or other traditional business courses.