Fall 2021 Newsletter
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Economics at Colorado State University
The Department of Economics is a vibrant learning community that supports the intellectual development and professional aspirations of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty alike. Economics is a broad social science that brings together diverse tools for understanding the choices we make, the constraints we face, and the consequences for the critical social issues of equity, efficiency, and sustainability.
Our program offers a variety of economic approaches to understanding some of the most pressing challenges of our time: how wealth, poverty, and inequality are generated; the economics of climate change; how nations are connected in global markets; the role of governments in managing markets; and so much more.
Our faculty members are caring teachers and prolific scholars who have active research agendas, providing many opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students to collaborate. Our goal is to prepare our students to be critical thinkers who understand the debates about economic methodology and policy, as well as the techniques of economic analysis.
Undergraduate Program Highlights:
- We offer traditional, honors, accelerated, and online bachelor’s degree programs so you can choose the path that is right for you.
- The Economics major includes a solid foundation in economic analysis, as well as the opportunity to specialize in an area of economics (quantitative, development/international, environmental, political economy, public policy, or race/class/gender).
- Our students are required to choose a second major or minor, giving you the flexibility to tailor your education to your unique interests and goals. Popular secondary programs include business, statistics, and other social sciences.
- Economics is a versatile major that can be a gateway to many career paths in government, finance, nonprofit organizations, law, academia, and much more. Our students develop a framework for thinking analytically, and they also get the data and communication skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Early career salary of economics majors nationally is $56,700 – higher than business and most other majors in the College of Liberal Arts.
- Paid Research Internships provide opportunities for undergraduates to deepen their research skillsets and collaborate with our award-winning faculty. Every senior also develops an independent research project as part of the capstone course (ECON 492).
Graduate Program Highlights:
- Ph.D. candidates have many opportunities to collaborate on research projects and publications with our award-winning faculty.
- Our scholars are pluralists who specialize in a remarkably wide range of economic thought, including neoclassical, Keynesian, institutional, Marxian, and feminist economics.
- We have an excellent track record in job placements for our graduate students.