Major in Economics

The economics major requires 33 credits (11 courses), plus the completion of a second major or a minor. We encourage you to choose a secondary program that will complement your interests in economics and future goals. A degree in economics requires an understanding of some mathematics and statistics.

Explore Your Interests with a Track

You can select from six tracks, which are electives grouped around an area of study. While a track isn’t required and won’t appear on your transcript, it is helpful for developing an area of specialty within your economics degree.

Ways to Earn a B.A.

We offer several options to earn your bachelor’s in economics, including a traditional on-campus experience, enhanced honors studies, an accelerated program to complete the degree in 3-3.5 years, and a 100% online option. Explore each option below.

Graduate with an honors scholar designation through the enhanced honors program involving more rigorous coursework and a small learning community that you would typically experience at small liberal arts colleges.

Graduate in 3 to 3 1/2 years with a fast-tracked program that requires investment in summer courses but may reduce overall cost of your undergraduate degree.

Graduate with the flexibility of earning your degree online. Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus, and online credits are the same as on-campus student credits.

Accelerated Master’s Program –

Program Overview

Earn Your Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Five Years

Maximize your time at CSU by earning two degrees in as little as five years. The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) in as little as five years.

The MPPA is a professional master's degree that prepares students for leadership in international organizations, government agencies, and nonprofits.

Program Eligibility
Program Pathway

Minor in Economics

The minor in economics is a 21-credit program that provides training in economic analysis and examination of pressing social issues, making it a natural complement to many programs of study within the liberal arts, natural sciences, business, and engineering.

To add an economics minor, contact Rosanna Houlton at

Major vs. Minor

Whether you choose to major or minor in economics, both programs require the same math, microeconomics and macroeconomics sequences, plus electives. Majors take just four more courses. Most of our students choose the economics major for its added benefits and career potential.

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Martin Shields

  • Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies


CSU has a unique opportunity for economics majors to work with faculty on real-world research projects that will help prepare you for many career paths and/or graduate studies. Once you’ve met the requirements, apply for a part-time Undergraduate Research Internship to further develop your skills. These are paid positions with a competitive hiring process. You may also choose to pursue an internship outside of CSU.

Tutoring Help

The Economics Tutoring Center is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Clark C 320A. Tutoring is available at no cost on a walk-in basis for the following courses: 

  • ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 204 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 304 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 306 Intermediate Microeconomics

Prospective Students

If you are considering a major or minor in economics, contact our Recruitment & Enrollment Coordinator.

Current Students

To declare a major, please contact the College of Liberal Arts Academic Support Center in the button below. To declare a minor, contact the economics department directly.