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Our Economics degree is a 61 to 64-credit major in the College of Business that can either be taken on-campus or completely online. Not only does our program prepare you to pursue careers as economist with businesses or government agencies, but also provides a strong foundation for those seeking graduate studies in Economics. But, don’t take it from us. See what our graduates are up to! (You may recognize a couple of the names)

Photo by Dillon Starr / Students enrolling in EOU's up-and-coming economics program have the option to complete their degree on campus or online.

Eastern Oregon University Online Economics Degree program recognized for being in the top 10 nationwide

Eastern Oregon University Online Economics Degree program recognized for being in the top 10 nationwide LA GRANDE, Ore. – Eastern Oregon University is once again being recognized for its outstanding online economics degree program. In an article on Yahoo Finance, EOU was recognized as having one of the best online economics degree programs for 2024. […]

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Major in Economics

The benefits of majoring in Economics are covered elsewhere, so here is the important information regarding finishing the degree itself. Note all classes are delivered both on campus and online, but not necessarily at the same time. So, we have developed a 2-year schedule that should assist you in determining your plan of study. We have also created a page to outline some of the online delivery technology that we use.

A Minor in Economics (available on campus and online)

Our Economics minor is 30 credit hours consisting of six required and three elective economics courses. The minor was designed to provide students majoring in another discipline with a working knowledge of fundamental and specialized applications of macro- and microeconomics pertaining to a market economy.

  • Minimum of 30 credit hours in economics with at least 15 credits hours being upper division.
  • Grade of “C-“ or better in all courses counted toward the minor and a 2.00 GPA (or better) in all courses required for the minor.
  • Minimum of 15 credit hours counting toward the minor must be completed at Eastern Oregon University. 

Peter Maille

Peter Maille, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Economics
Contact: 211 Zabel Hall

A funny thing happened to me on my way through life – I became an economics teacher! I took my first econ course while pursuing an Associate’s Degree in forestry, and I flunked it! Fast forward about 25 years, and I’ve been a Peace Corps Volunteer, worked for a non-profit, worked for the Federal Government, ran a small business, and earned three more degrees including my PhD in economics. Basically, I found out that I am committed to doing my very best to teach our students about household and firm behavior, and my specializations are in environmental economics and development economics.

Scott McConnell

Scott McConnell, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Economics
Contact: 210 Zabel Hall


I finished my PhD in Economics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2013. My dissertation research focuses broadly on theoretical fiscal policy options for energy conservation. I recently published a paper on the fiscal effects of the public works projects such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, which was responsible for doing many jobs that are relevant for the Eastern Oregon region, including clearing logging roads and building much of what is not Anthony Lakes Ski resort. In summer of 2015 I flew to the Micronesian Island of Yap to research the Rai Stone money as a history of economics work.


My primary teaching interests are macroeconomics, monetary policy, history of economic thought, and finance, all of which I teach here at Eastern Oregon. I am very proud of the students in the new economics degree this coming year. My teaching philosophy centers around the notion that teaching requires engagement by the students and myself. I do what I can in the class room and online to engage the students as much as possible so that economics is less something that exists in their textbook, but properly becomes the world around them. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy all things economics, sports (Detroit), fly fishing, music and motorcycles.

Josephine Lugovskyy

Josephine Lugovskyy, Ph.D

Online Instructor

Dr. Lugovskyy has been a college-level professor for more than 4 years. She graduated from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics in 2007. She received her Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Kansas (KU) in 2010 and the PhD in Economics from KU in 2012. She has taught economics, finance, and mathematics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and pursues research concerning the financial markets, asset and wealth accumulation, and terrorism. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, spending time with family, and shopping online. She is also the proud mother of an 8-year-old cat named Napoleon.

Kofi Nkansah

Kofi Nkansah, Ph.D

 Online Instructor

I received my advanced degrees from West Virginia University (masters and PhD). Before assuming an adjunct position at Eastern Oregon University, I was an instructor at the West Virginia University. Over the years, I have taught classes in microeconomics, agricultural economics, energy economics, environmental and resource economics at the West Virginia University. I like West Virginia University football and Philly Eagles!!

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Taylor Pasanello
Broomfield, Colo.

Ranked best value for online degree

Ranked in the 25 most affordable online colleges and universities offering degrees in economics. 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Economics

Center for Economic Information

The Eastern Oregon Center for Economic Information conducts economic analyses using research tools like IMPLAN, customized indices, and regional economic modeling to assist public, private, and non-profit organizations improve their decision-making. This can relate to project viability, economic impact, or ranking of alternatives, for example.

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Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Economics Honor Society

The Department of Economics within the College of Business is proud to offer membership in the EOU Chapter of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honors Society in Economics. Omicron Delta Epsilon is a highly acclaimed honors society with over 670 chapters worldwide.

Welcome to the Economics Program at Eastern Oregon University. The Economics degree at EOU provides for a rigorous understanding of economic and social issues that affect us all. The Economics degree at EOU allows you to explore topics as diverse as environmental issues, job creation, money and financial markets and economic development. Through the capstone course, students have the opportunity and are encouraged to do research on issues affecting rural communities, including the regional community in which we call home, eastern Oregon. If you would like to pursue a career in public policy, business, finance, or pursue graduate work in Economics, the EOU Economics degree may be for you.

Ranked best value for online degree

Ranked in the 25 most affordable online colleges and universities offering degrees in economics. 2017 Most Affordable Online College for Economics

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