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College of Liberal Arts

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Department Chair: Joseph P. Magaddino

Department Office: Social Science/Public Affairs (SS/PA), Room 361A
Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-5061 / (562) 985-5804

Faculty: Yutian (Kate) Chen, Alejandra C. Edwards, Elaine F. Frey, Edward Funkhouser, Lisa M. Grobar, Darwin C. Hall, Jack W. Hou, Tomotaka Ishimine, Xuemei Liu, Joseph P. Magaddino, Wade E. Martin, Marshall H. Medoff, Kristen A. Monaco, Chen Feng Ng, Davinder Singh, Seiji Steimetz, Steve Yamarik, Guy M. Yamashiro


Credential: Joseph P. Magaddino
Undergraduate: Joseph P. Magaddino
Graduate: Alejandra C. Edwards

Career Possibilities

Economist • Agricultural Economist • Financial Analyst • Industrial Analyst • International Trade Economist • Labor Specialist • Market Research Analyst • Tax Analyst • Investment Analyst • Teacher • Securities Salesperson • Bank Management • Loan Officer • Investment Counselor • Social Researcher • Auditor • Credit Analyst • Statistician • Urban Planner (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see


When resources are scarce, difficult choices must be made on how resources are to be divided among competing uses. Economics is a social science that addresses the allocation of scarce resources. When applied to individuals, economics attempts to understand the behavior of individuals as consumers, managers and government officials. When applied to society as a whole, economics attempts to explain and predict the economy’s total output, level of employment and price level.