Student Information

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Undergraduate Advising

If you are a new student, please contact Lynell Spencer, Pathway Advising Director in the CUPA Advising Office. She can be reached by email or you can schedule an appointment with her.

Returning Economics majors, minors,and incoming transfers students can schedule individual advising appointments with a member of the Undergraduate Committee. To schedule a one-on-one advising appointment, please contact one of the following faculty advisors or visit them during their office hours:

Sarah Tinkler, Undergraduate Committee Chair, in CH 241-L

Grace Arnold, in CH 241-G

Sahan Dissanayake, in CH 241-F

John Hall, in CH 241-K

Rajiv Sharma, in CH 241-U

Graduate Advising

Current graduate students: Graduate students are assigned to a faculty advisor at the time of their acceptance and should work with that faculty member to develop their course schedule and graduation pathway. Graduate students are also welcome to see any of the faculty members on the Graduate Committee. For 2020-2021, they are:

Arnab Mitra, Graduate Committee Chair,

Randy Bluffstone,

John Gallup,

Riju Joshi,

Prospective graduate students: Have questions about our Master's program? Contact Arnab Mitra, Graduate Committee Chair,

Economics Lab, Cramer Hall 230

Our Economics Lab is overseen by our Graduate Assistants. They tutor undergraduate students who need help with their courses.

Summer 2020: The Economics Lab is closed during summer term and summer break.

Fall 2020: PSU's Fall 2020 classes will mostly be delivered remotely. However, some may be taught on campus. The Economics Lab hours will be determined by how our classes will be taught.

If you need to reach one of the Graduate Assistants during the regular academic year, please refer to your course syllabus where their name and contact information will be listed.

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Economics Club

The Economics Club at Portland State University offers opportunities to students. All students are able to join -- not only majors or minors! Funded by SALP, the Club has events each term. These events in the past have been lunches where students discuss different economic issues that we face today (persistently low interest rates, tax and trade policies, etc.) to those we may face soon (technology creating massive structural unemployment and Universal Basic Income). Other events are strictly social in nature where students gather to relax and enjoy food and beverages at the beginning of a term or as a study break near its end.  The club is always looking for new members and fun, new ideas for events to engage each other and the community. 

If you are interested in meeting other students to learn more about economics both at and beyond PSU, please reach out to the Club faculty advisor. The current faculty advisors are J. Forrest Williams and Jamie Woods; you should reach out to Forrest at his email:

If you would like news about seminars, events, and job opportunities, please join the PSU Department of Economics Google Group.

Looking to browse the class schedule for the next term, see when courses will be offered in future terms or a course description? Please see the PSU online course schedule for the most up to date information.