University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu



The study of economics is the study of scarcity and involves making decisions about how best to use limited resources.  UH West O‘ahu offers a broad-based training in economics with both introductory courses open to students in all majors and upper-division courses that allow advanced students to focus on their areas of interest to meet their career objectives.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in Economics will have a strong knowledge of economic theory, an understanding of the economic issues around the world, and the critical thinking skills to deal with those issues. Courses are offered through in-class and distance learning instruction.


The study of economics prepares students for careers in banking, consulting, finance, insurance, real estate, academia, non-profit organizations, and government. Economics graduates also find employment as analysts, statisticians, advisors, managers, consultants, brokers, teachers and more.

According to a recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average starting salary for 2014 graduates with bachelor’s degrees in Economics were $49,022. Economists working at the state or local levels apply their skills in a variety of ways including establishing economic development plans for the region, and forecasting population growth and its effect on tax revenue and education budgets. 

The Economics curriculum provides graduates with a variety of career opportunities. In addition, it prepares students for graduate programs including economics, business, banking, education, management, public administration, law and more.


ECON 311 Hawai‘i's Economy
Economic history of Hawai‘i from pre-Captain Cook to the present, current economic problems, trends and alternative economic futures for Hawai‘i.  
ECON 340 Money and Banking
Nature and role of money; money creation; commercial banking and financial intermediaries; role of central banks and monetary policy; international aspects of monetary problems.
ECON 358 Environmental Economics
This course examines the economic analysis of environmental issues. Questions addressed are: How much pollution is too much? Can government solve the pollution problem? Can incentives be used to affect the amount of pollution? How can global issues be resolved?


The UH West O‘ahu Economics Club offers a wonderful opportunity for students to enhance their understanding of economics in the company of friends, learn what one can do with an economics degree after grauation, and provides opportunities to meet other students with similar interests, and interact with members of the Economic faculty informally outside of the classroom.


Dr. Thomas Scheiding, Assistant Professor
(808) 689-2493
Dr. Patricia Peiyong Yu, Instructor
(808) 689-2370