ECON 202, an undergraduate economics class, is being taught in a lecture hall; the presentation highlights pressing issues facing economists.
Colorado State University Economics professor Ed Barbier talks with a student in a capstone class about her project, May 2, 2019.
Professor Ramaa Vasudevan interacts with students in the Economics 376 class, May 2, 2019.
Economics 202, Prof Anders Fremstad in the College of Liberal Arts teaches class, April 30, 2019.
Students in the Economics 376 class, May 2, 2019.

Economics at Colorado State University

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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.  
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April 12

“We have so many people that are working, working hard... but still kind of on the economic margins, on this fine line between making it and not." - Professor Martin Shields for KUNC 91.5fm

kunc.org Thousands of families across Northern Colorado, particularly Black and Latino residents, are struggling to pay rent because of the pandemic. In part one of 'On the Edge,' we look at the economic factors pushing people to ask for help.

April 10

Holding our weekly seminar series on Zoom didn't feel ideal a year ago, but it's given us opportunity to safely "host" some amazing top-tier scholars, both near to and far from Colorado.

source.colostate.edu When Colorado State University, like other higher ed institutions, shifted to remote learning in March 2020 due to the pandemic, many faculty had to quickly learn how to use online platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams for online learning, not just meetings.