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 alikeEconomics is a broad social science that brings together diverse tools for understanding the choices we makethe 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 collaborateOur 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, environmental, 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.  
  • Beginning in Fall 2021, undergraduates will be able to apply for paid Research Assistantships/Internshipsproviding opportunities 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 remarkably wide range of economic thought, including neoclassical, Keynesian, institutional, Marxianand feminist economics. 
  • We have an excellent track record in job placements for our graduate students.  


March 4

Did you know we have a "Colorado State University Economics Alumni" group on LinkedIn? Join our online community to keep in touch with fellow alums and faculty!

March 3

Department Chair Elissa Braunstein will be hosting a Fireside Chat to discuss the latest special issue of "Feminist Economics" tomorrow morning, 9 AM MT. Register at the link to attend! Please join us for a fireside chat about the special issue of Feminist Economics on Covid-19, featuring guest editors Naila Kabeer, Shahra Razavi, and Yana van der Meulen Rodgers in conversation with journal editor Elissa Braunstein. This event is the first in a series that will cover the special is...