Department History and Mission
The Department of Economics was founded in 1952 and offers a Bachelor of Arts in Economics that was initiated in 1950. Nearly 20 years later in 1969, the first students were admitted to the Master of Arts Program in Economics. The department also offers minors in economics (initiated in 1968) and international economics (initiated in 1997). In addition, the department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics (initiated in 1999) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, option in Mathematical Economics and Economic Theory (initiated in 2000). In 2002, the department began the Master of Arts in Global Logistics program.
Through the study of economic theory, policy, and institutions, it is the goal of the faculty to: increase student’s ability to think objectively, critically, and imaginatively; encourage intellectual curiousity and the desire for knowledge; enhance the ability to identify, acquire, organize and interpret relevant data objectively; and develop effective oral and written communication skills.
Each degree program in economics contains a core group of theory courses, a series of quantitative skills courses, and field specialization courses that involve the applications of economic theory and quantitative analysis to major areas of study within the discipline.
Economics, as a social science, is a relatively well-developed and defined discipline. As a consequence, the undergraduate curriculum is fairly well defined across U.S. colleges and universities. California State University, Long Beach, as a large comprehensive university, offers most of the fields of concentration that one would typically expect to find at most academic institutions. The areas of distinction with regard to the curriculum are best understood at the graduate level. There are three areas of expertise in the graduate program: transportation and regional economics, environmental and natural resource economics, and economic development. These areas of concentration are based on the teaching skills and, more importantly, on the research talents of selected faculty. The department is fortunate to have other talented faculty, both in terms of their teaching and scholarly ability and accomplishments, in other fields of specialization within economics.