May 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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319 Somsen Hall
Economics website
Matthew Hyle, Chairperson


Mahboobeh Asghari, Assistant Professor; BS, University of Tehran; MS, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran and University of Houston; PhD, University of Houston, 2015 -
Laura Carolevschi, Assistant Professor; BS, MS, Academy of Economic Sciences-Romania; PhD, State University of New York-Binghamton; 2012 -
Matthew Hyle, Professor; BA, Indiana University; PhD, University of Maryland; 1988 -
Malgorzata Plecka, Assistant Professor; MS, University of Gdansk; PhD, Poznan University of Economics and Business; 2017 -
Gabriel Manrique, Professor; BA, Ateneo De Manila University; MA, Ohio University; PhD, University of Notre Dame; 1989 -
Donald M. Salyards, Professor; BA, Graceland College; MA, PhD, Kansas State University; 1975 -


The WSU Department of Economics develops professional managers, strong analysts, and public servants. Graduates are trained in quantitative analysis and use economic methods of analysis in a global economy.

Pass/No Credit (P/NC) Courses

Except for internships, students must take all courses in their major, minor, and options on a grade-only basis. The P/NC option is available to non-majors unless otherwise noted. Courses offered on a pass/no credit-only or grade-only basis are so designated in the course descriptions.

Graduation Requirements

For a checklist of the University’s graduation requirements, see the Academic Policies & University Requirements  section of this catalog. Specific requirements for economics majors are as follows.

  1. Complete all coursework required for the major.
  2. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in all courses counted toward the major.
  3. Complete at least 18 semester credits in economics courses offered by the Economics Department at WSU, including ◎ ECON 498 - Seminar in Economics I (1 credit)  and ◎ ECON 499 - Seminar in Economics II .

General Education Intensive Requirements

Students may use intensive courses to satisfy both General Education Program (GEP)  and major requirements. Intensive courses will usually be in the student’s major or minor program. The following are offered as GEP intensive courses in the Economics Department:


Oral ()
Math/Critical Analysis (◆)
Writing (△)

Intensive courses that can be used to satisfy major/minor requirements are identified in the lists of required courses and electives.


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