About the Undergraduate Program

Why Study Economics?

Maybe it's because you're interested in training for a well-paid job
Economics majors on average earn more than the majors in any other department in the College of Liberal Arts, and more than most business majors for that matter (see table below). Or maybe it's because you're interested in understanding how individuals, businesses, and governments interact to produce and distribute goods and services to improve (or diminish) our well being. Whether your concern is preparation for a career, intellectual curiosity, or political change, economics has something to offer you.

Economics is the only social science which is awarded a Nobel Prize
It provides a rigorous analysis of a wide range of real world problems (many of which are not ordinarily thought of as "economic") such as poverty, inflation, unemployment, pollution, crime, taxes, finance, inequality, international competition, economic growth and many others. But you don't have to be a "rocket scientist" to major in economics. Most economics courses use little advanced math. Some don't use math at all.
Economic analysis is often common sense. Our department emphasizes a broad, policy oriented, liberal arts approach to the study of economics, one which appeals to students of many different backgrounds and interests.

A major in economics sends a signal
Prospective employers and graduate schools will know that you are capable of logical and critical thought, that you have basic quantitative skills, that you can adapt to changing circumstances, and that you are interested in the "big picture." It will help you become a better citizen and a more rigorous thinker as well as advancing your career goals.

We strive to be not just an academic department but a "learning community."
Our faculty puts students first. Many of our faculty have won teaching and advising awards and have published extensively in their fields of expertise. This Website describes the faculty, the courses, the requirements, tuition an costs, financial aid, our Student Organizations, and many of the other features of our Department.

We look forward to seeing you in class!

Economics Student Organizations

Omicron Delta Epsilon Honors Society

  • The local chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Economics, offers invitations to membership each semester. The principal function of ODE is to recognize and encourage outstanding academic achievement by those in
    the field of economics. In addition to honoring excellent students by offering membership, the society also encourages scholarship by hosting guest speakers on campuses, sponsoring student paper presentations at professional meetings, awarding
    prizes for outstanding student research, and publishing a journal - The American Economist. The local chapter hosts a reception for new members each Spring semester, with an invited speaker, and it offers annual cash awards for outstanding undergraduate
    and graduate term papers. For further information, please contact Dr. Nancy Jianakoplos, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, CLA_Economics@mail.colostate.edu.


The Economics Major Checksheet


Major Requirements

Minor Requirements


Questions about the online Economics degree?

Contact CSU Online Academic Advisor Amy Quinn-Sparks, 970-491-1940 or Amy.Quinn@colostate.edu

Economics Accelerated Degree Program

Complete your Bachelor of Arts in Economics in three years through CSU's Accelerated Program. Your Academic Success Coordinator (ASC) can help you create a custom plan to meet your needs and goals.

Learn about the Accelerated Program in Economics.

A career in Economics...it's much more than you think.

Ave. Starting Salaries by Major:

  • Computer Science $55,900
  • Civil Engineering $53,900
  • ECONOMICS $50,100
  • Management Information Systems (MIS)Systems (MIS) $49,200
  • Finance $47,900
  • Math $45,400
  • Business Management $43,000
  • Agriculture $42,600
  • Marketing $40,800
  • Political Science $40,800
  • History $39,200
  • Communications $38,100
  • English $38,000
  • Sociology $36,500
  • Journalism $35,600

Source: The Wall Street Journal

How do I declare the Economics Major or Minor?

Information About the Economics Major

To declare an Economics major, please call 970-491-3117 or stop by Clark C207 to set up an appointment with one of our Economics Academic Success Coordinators.

How long will it take to complete an economics major? You can run a “what if” Degree Audit easily by following these steps on your RamWeb home page:

  • Tools for Student Success
  • Degree Progress Audit
  • Run What If
  • College = Liberal Arts
  • Major = Economics
  • Degree = Bachelor of Arts
  • Catalogue Year = choose one
  • Run Audit
  • Open all Sections

Still have questions? Call the CLA Advising Center: (970) 491-3117

Information About the Economics Minor

Go to the Economics Department office in Clark C306 and complete a form to add a minor in Economics.

Take the Next Step

Current Students

For more information about the undergraduate program, contact:

Economics Department Office:
C306 Clark Building
1771 Campus Delivery

Prospective Students

For prospective students interested in economics, we offer tours of the College of Liberal Arts, encourage class visits, and give the option of chatting with one of our faculty and staff.