2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 25, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Economics

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Nicole Klein, Assistant Department Head
Department of Economics
Harding Hall



David Davis, Matthew Diersen, Eluned Jones, Nicole Klein, George Langelett, Jamie O’Brien, Joseph Santos, Evert Van der Sluis, Jason Zimmerman

Associate Professors

Curtis Gustafson, Annaleena Parhankangas, Zhiguang Wang

Assistant Professors

Lisa Elliott, Matthew Elliott, Hailong Jin, Myoung Gin Keay, Deepthi Kolady, Andrea Leschewski, Anna Sadovnikova, Craig Silvernagel, Pei-Yu Sun, Nacasius Ujah, Tong Wang


Victoria Dubbelde, Barbara Heller


Thomas Clark, Elijah Kosse, Ryan McKnight, Darin Wipf

Field Specialists

Jack Davis, Heather Gessner, Shannon Sand


David L. Chicoine, Thomas Dobbs, Harry Greenbaum, Han Kim, Charles Lamberton, Ardelle Lundeen, Patrick Lyons, Donald Peterson, Richard Shane


The Department of Economics plays a vital role in the life of the university and the state through its commitment to quality teaching, research, and outreach. Departmental coursework includes Accounting, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Business Administration, Business Law, Decision Science, Economics, Entrepreneurial Studies, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, and Marketing. The curriculum provides students with experience in agribusiness, agricultural finance, banking, business finance, business management, entrepreneurship, farm and ranch management, marketing, real estate appraisal, sales, and related fields. Faculty members are strongly dedicated to preparing students for successful careers.

Department Objectives

The Department of Economics expects all its students to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply concepts of economics and management that underlie the global economy and commerce;
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply quantitative and qualitative analytical methods from economics and management to decision-making;
  • Interpret and articulate analysis and decisions orally and in writing to diverse audiences;
  • Make and support ethical decisions.





Graduate Programs*

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Facilities & Services

The department is housed in their new home in Harding Hall. Faculty and staff engage the community through one-on-one interaction, presentations, media contacts, and publications. A majority of the agricultural outreach work is shared through SDSU Extension and iGrow.org, with programming on land economics, farm and ranch management, commodity marketing, agricultural finance and entrepreneurship.

Student Support & Engagement Opportunities

The department provides opportunity for students in and out of the classroom. The department supports several active student organizations: CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization) Club, Economics Club, FIRE (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate) Club, HR (Human Resources) & Management Club, Investment Club, and NAMA (National Agri-Marketing Association) Club. Students may earn college credit while acquiring hands-on experience through national competitions or through an internship for their academic program.

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