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Economics Department Chair

LJ ShrumMessage from the Chair:
We in the Department of Economics wish to welcome you back for another academic semester at UTSA.  We have a brand new faculty member joining our department--Dr. Samson Alva. Having just completed his Ph.D. from Boston College with a specialty in microeconomics, he will be teaching Quantitative Methods in the doctoral program and Price Theory in the undergraduate program.

Congratulations go out to two of our junior faculty members, Dr. Edgar Ghossoub and Dr. Long Liu, who were promoted to the rank of associate professor. Bravo to them!

We would also like to welcome our new batch of master's students who have enrolled this year in the MA in Economics program as well as the MBA program with a concentration in Business Economics. Four of our past MA graduates regularly serve as adjunct lecturers.

The Department of Economics is the home of four scholarly journals. Dr. Beladi is the editor of The International Review of Economics and Finance.

Dr. Beladi is also the co-editor of Frontiers of Economics and Globlization and managing editor of the North-American Journal of Economics and Finance, both from Elsevier Press.

Dr. John Merrifield is the editor of The Journal of School Choice.

ECO-NEWS:
Attention all graduate and undergraduate economics majors.  Keep an eye on this website for announcements and news from the Department of Economics.

Graduate Students
Openings are available each semester for economics graduate students to work as teaching assistants and/or research assistants.  TA’s and RA’s typically work twenty hours a week, earn $10,000 for a full year, and receive the privilege of paying in-state tuition.  Come to the department office (BB 4.01.10) to apply.

Undergraduate Electives
We are offering a good selection of electives at the undergraduate level.  We have Theory of Price (3013), Aggregate (3053), Mathematical Economics (3113), Econometrics (3123), International Economics (3193), Labor Economics (3283), Environmental and Resource Economics (4273) and Urban and Regional Economics (4953).

Undergraduate Program
We want remind our undergraduates that the BA and BBA programs continue to be very flexible.  We provide three suggested fields of specialization for both the BA and BBA degree plans with specified courses.  However, our economics majors are free to devise their own plans and choose their own list of economics electives beyond the junior-level required courses. Keep this in mind when meeting with your adviser: the required courses should be taken as early as possible in your program in order to be better prepared for electives.  Also please note most 3000- and 4000-level courses are not offered every semester, so be sure plan accordingly.  Check with your adviser.

Economics Honor Society
Students with GPA’s overall and in economics of 3.0 or better should consider joining Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honors society.  Visit their website: http://www.omicrondeltaepsilon.org/membership.html
Dr. Weiher will be glad to help process your application.

NABE
Economics majors have organized a student chapter of the National Association for Business Economics.  Both undergraduates and graduates may participate.  Interested students can contact Dr. Weiher in the Department of Economics office.

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