Apr 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Economics

Charlene M. Kalenkoski, Department Head
 (540) 568-3243
Email: kalenkcm@jmu.edu
Location: Zane Showker Hall, Room 6012
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/cob/economics

V. Bhatt, N. Cavusoglu, J. Doyle, S. Elwood, B. Grant, C. Kalenkoski, S. Milliman, A. Neveu

Associate Professors
A. Smith, J. Subrick

Assistant Professors
S. Basu, T. Ding, B. Hamilton, D. Harper, S. Hussain, P. Mutreja

Z. Gochenour, P. Heap, J. Kruggel, M. Sameni


The Department of Economics is committed to students’ intellectual development by fostering an understanding and appreciation of economic forms of explanation and their relationships to other social sciences. Economics faculty members are dedicated to sound and effective pedagogy, to scholarship of the highest quality and to outreach to the local and business community.

The department provides an intellectual foundation for the appreciation and understanding of economic theory and policy. This foundation is developed within a broader educational perspective that stresses the importance of imaginative thinking, free inquiry and the pursuit of life-long learning. In this way, the program prepares students with the economic literacy necessary to cope with the challenges inherent in a world of accelerating change.


  • Help students develop analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Promote cross disciplinary forms of instruction.
  • Seek continuous improvement in the quality of classroom instruction.
  • Serve the community through outreach services.
  • Help students pursue careers and additional education.

Marketable Skills

  • Analytical thinking capabilities highly valued by business, government and the nonprofit sector.
  • Writing and research skills applicable to a wide variety of careers.
  • Statistical and econometric skills used in business and finance.
  • Preparation in critical thinking valued by graduate schools, including law, business, and arts and sciences.
  • Analytical skills valued by employers for internships in business, government and consulting.

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Credit by Examination

Credit in ECON 200  will be granted to students who achieve a grade of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Test in Macroeconomics administered by the Educational Testing Service. Credit in ECON 201  will be granted to students who achieve a grade of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Test in Microeconomics.