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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Economics, Agricultural Studies, and Social Sciences

Kelvin Jasek-Rysdahl, Ph.D., Chair

Professors: Erickson, Jasek-Rysdahl, Peterson, Kim

Assistant Professor: Shrader

Office: Bizzini Hall 100
Phone: (209) 667-3181

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Bachelor of Arts in Economics 
Minor in Economics 
Liberal Studies degree concentration in Economics 
Social Sciences degree concentration in Economics  

Liberal Studies Concentration in Economics

Please refer to the Liberal Studies  section of the catalog.

Social Sciences Concentration in Economics

Please refer to the Social Sciences program  section of the catalog.

Teaching Credential Supplemental Authorization in Economics

Click here  for information on obtaining a supplemental authorization for credentialed teachers to teach economics.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Explain and apply economic terms, concepts and theories
  • Collect, process, and interpret data, including statistical inference
  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills
  • Explain a variety of specific topics in economics
  • Apply specialized tools and concepts to contemporary issues
  • Demonstrate an awareness of global economic forces
  • Evaluate the impact of various international policies and practices
  • Compare and contrast alternative explanations of economic events
  • Explain how economic events and decisions are impacted by values and perceptions
  • Effectively communicate the results of analysis in a variety of written formats
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate economic concepts orally


Agricultural Studies

Oluwarotimi Odeh, Ph.D., Rolland Starn Endowed Chair, Program Director

Professor: Erickson, Odeh
Associate Professors: Wooley, Hauselt
Assistant Professor:  Shrader

Office: Bizzini Hall 108A
Phone: (209) 664-6648

Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Studies  with concentrations in Agricultural Biology, Agricultural Economics, Sustainable Agriculture, and General Concentration
Minor in Agricultural Studies  

The Agricultural Studies program is a multi-disciplinary and experiential learning based educational program that prepares students for productive careers in the diverse field of agriculture.


The Mission of the Agricultural Studies program is to prepare students for productive careers in the dynamic global food and agricultural industry and become responsible leaders in the community.

Our program provides students with a broad understanding of the sustainable production, distribution, marketing, and management of agricultural and environmental resources.  The program emphasizes knowledge development in the geographical, physical, chemical, biological, technological, and restorative principles and practices in agroecosystems.

In pursing this mission, the program encourages students to critically assess agricultural issues and trends; provides students with opportunities to systematically develop discipline appropriate communicative, analytical, quantitative, problem solving, and critical thinking skills; and delivers a high quality academic experience that prepares students for emerging professional opportunities.

Program Goals

  1. Skilled, competent, and productive graduates. Assist students in developing skills and competencies for productive careers as employees, employers, and candidates for graduate studies, in a dynamic, global, food, and agricultural industry.
  2. Multidisciplinary learning experiences. Offer broad, integrative, cross-cutting experiences that prepare graduates for careers in agriculture and related fields.
  3. Culture professional and civic engagement. Promote a culture of professionalism and civic engagement among students, faculty, stakeholders, and the agricultural community.
  4. Industry partnerships. Foster industry partnerships to offer experiential learning opportunities to students and a pathway for productive careers in the agribusiness industry. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, integrative skills and technical competencies in multiple areas of agricultural sciences, emerging technologies in the field, and their applications.
  • Apply critical thinking skill in distinguishing facts and applying scientific principles in formulating, analyzing, and solving problems; and interpreting results.
  • Demonstrate effective use of discipline appropriate oral and writ en communication skills in diverse and team environments.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the interconnectivity and interdependence of individuals, groups, systems, and activities; and their implications in the dynamic global food and agricultural community.
  • Demonstrate ethical practices in the local communities and the diverse agricultural industry in general. 

Social Sciences

Chau-Pu Chiang, Ph.D., Coordinator

Office: Bizzini Hall 108D
Phone: (209) 667-3037

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences  

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences program is an interdepartmental degree program consisting of courses in the following disciplines: anthropology, communication studies, criminal justice, economics, ethnic studies, gender studies, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Students select courses from any three of the above disciplines. The program offers a wide variety of courses dealing with human interaction in past and present society and acquaints students with contemporary social problems, their causes, and their potential solutions.

Additionally, a course in the methods of scientific investigation in the social sciences provides students with valuable analytical skills. Students should discuss career opportunities with their adviser in their areas of concentration in the Social Sciences major.

Students intending to apply for admission to the Social Sciences single subject credential program at Stanislaus State should also see the Social Sciences Subject Matter Preparation Program.  

Program Learning Outcomes

Effectively engage in critical thinking about methods, knowledge theories associated with specified Social Science concentration of study

Demonstrate technological skills for conducting studies in Social Sciences

Demonstrate effective oral and communication skills of Social Sciences concepts, terminology, research analysis, and conclusive association with Social Sciences concentration of study

Effectively use library resources and internet databases to formulate research questions and investigate topics in Social Sciences