More than an academic department: a learning community.

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Welcome

The goal of the Department of Economics is to build a learning community that supports the intellectual development and professional aspirations of both students and faculty. Our undergraduate and graduate programs offer courses that cover an unusually wide range of economic thought, including neo-classical economics, Keynesian economics, institutional economics, Marxian economics and feminist economics.

We want our students to become critical thinkers who understand the debates about economic methodology and policy as well as the techniques of economic analysis. Our faculty members have active research agendas and substantial scholarly records; nonetheless, our students are our first priority. We constantly strive to improve our teaching programs, and our faculty have won many teaching and advising awards. Our PhD program provides many opportunities for students to interact with faculty and to work with them on research projects. We have had an excellent track record in job placements for our graduate students. The department chair is always glad to meet prospective and current students, and to answer their questions – stop by any time!
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Faculty Spotlight – Elissa Braunstein

Professor Elissa Braunstein joined the CSU faculty in 2005 and was recently tenured and promoted to associate professor. She specializes in international macroeconomics, economic development and the economics of gender. Professor Braunstein has published two books and twenty articles and book chapters on topics such as the Chinese economy, the gendered impact of macroeconomic policy, and foreign direct investment.

She is an enthusiastic and demanding teacher who gets her students to question the assumptions of traditional economics and to think critically about the big questions facing the global economy. She has worked extensively with the United Nations and other international aid and labor rights organizations. She earned her doctorate in Economics at the University of Massachusetts in 2000, and her masters' degree in Pacific International Affairs in 1992.

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CSU-FTU Vietnam Economics Curriculum Program

This innovative partnership between CSU and the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi involves:
  • CSU courses taught at FTU
  • Teacher training at CSU for FTU lecturers
  • FTU students transferring to CSU to complete their undergraduate degrees
CSU-FTU Program Details