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Department of Economics and Finance

 

The Department of Economics and Finance offers courses designed to provide students with basic information and current knowledge of the operation of the American economy and financial system. The department emphasizes innovative teaching, research, and professional service activities. It offers a four-year curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, with the opportunity for a concentration in Economics.

The Economics and Finance programs provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of economic and financial theories and the ability to apply analysis in both specializations. Such knowledge will enable graduates to obtain managerial and administrative positions in business and government. Additionally, students are provided with experience designed to equip them with the theoretical tools of investigation and promote critical thinking and analytical skills in economics and finance. Students majoring in Economics and Finance are strongly encouraged to develop an understanding of foreign language as a part of their curriculum.

The Department also offers a concentration in Global Trade and Finance to those students who desire a global emphasis within the business economics program. The analytical and language skills developed in this concentration will enhance the students career opportunities in a rapidly changing global market place.

Economics majors are required to complete 121 credit hours of which 24 credit hours must be in the field of Economics. A grade of “C” or better must be attained in all economics courses presented including ECON 275 and ECON 375 to fulfill the credit hour requirements in the major. Economics electives in specialized areas are available to junior- and senior-level students.

The Global Trade and Economics Concentration consist of twelve (12) credit hours beyond the required core courses through course substitutions. Six (6) of these credit hours are required economics and finance courses, three (3) elementary level foreign language and three (3) may be satisfied by choosing from the four (4) functional area business courses. In addition, students are encouraged to take intermediate level foreign language (French, Spanish or German) courses and study abroad.

Finance majors are required to complete 121 credit hours, of which 24 credit hours must be in the field of finance. A grade of “C” or better must be attained in all finance courses presented to fulfill the credit hour requirement in the major. Finance electives in specialized areas are available to advanced students.

The Department of Economics and Finance will no longer offer accept students for entry into the Bachelor of Science degree program in Economics. This program was classified as a low completer  program by the Louisiana Board of Regents and is no longer accepting new students as of the end of the 2010-2011 academic year. Students interested in Economics, as a discipline of study should consider enrolling in the newly developed Economics concentration within the Finance degree program. Thus, students desiring a deep understanding of how markets operate in price discovery in the allocation of goods, services and resources in the economy can achieve this objective by majoring in Finance with the Economics concentration. Students should consult with the Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance for the specific course requirements necessary to obtain the Economics Concentration. Those students currently enrolled in the Economics Degree program as of the 2010-2011 academic year will be allowed to complete their degrees in Economics as specified in this catalog or the relevant catalog at the time of their entry into the program.

 

Curriculum Guides:

Contact Information:

Dr. Ghirmay S. Ghebreyesus
Department of Economics and Finance - Chair
Suite 251 T. T. Allain Hall
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813
Phone: 225-771-2992
Fax: 225-771-5262
E-mail: ghirmay_ghebreyesus@subr.edu OR ghebreg98@yahoo.com

Ms. Rose Matthews
Department of Economics and Finance - Administrative Assistant
Suite 251 T. T. Allain Hall
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813
Phone: 225-771-2992
Fax: 225-771-5262
E-mail: rose_matthews@subr.edu

Faculty Members:

Dr. Donald R. Andrews, Professor
Phone: 225-771-5640 / Office: 234 T. T. Allain Hall
E-mail: donald_andrews@subr.edu OR jazandrews@yahoo.com

Dr. Ashagre Yigletu, Professor
Phone: 225-771-6248 / Office:  202 T. T. Allain Hall
E-mail: ashagre_yigletu@subr.edu OR ashe638@yahoo.com

Dr. Sung Chul No, Associate Professor
Phone: 225-771-5954 / Office:  228 T. T. Allain Hall
E-mail: sung_no@subr.edu

Dr. Vineeta Lokhande-Hingorani, Professor
Phone: 225-771-5953 / Office:  240 T. T. Allain Hall
E-mail: vinetta_hingorani@subr.edu

Dr. Michael Smyser, Associate Professor
Phone: 225-771-5955 / Office:  253 T. T. Allain Hall
E-mail: michael_smyser@subr.edu

Dr. Aloyce Kaliba, Associate Professor
Phone: 225-771-5952 / Office:  115 T. T. Allain Hall
E-mail: aloyce_kalibra@subr.edu

Dr. Melissa Waters, Professor
Phone: 225-771-5957 / Office:  247 T. T. Allain Hall
E-mail: melissa_waters@subr.edu

Dr. Vasantha Rao Chigurupati, Assistant Professor
Phone: 225-771-6249 / Office:  202 T. T. Allain Hall
E-mail: vasantha_rao@subr.edu

Dr. Leroy Davis, Adjunct Professor
Phone: 225-771-5944 
E-mail: leroy_davis@subr.edu

Dr. Bhaskar Toodi, Adjunct Professor
Phone: 225-771-5944 
E-mail: bhaskar.toodi@la.gov

Dr. Adell Brown, Adjunct Professor 
Phone: 225-771-2244 
E-mail: adell_brown@subr.edu

Mr. Sherman Pittman, Adjunct Professor
Phone: 225-771-5978 
E-mail: sherman_pittman@subr.edu OR  thegeminigroup@brcoxmail.com