About the Undergraduate Program

Why Study Economics?

Economics is about more than money. It’s about how humans make decisions, respond to incentives, and pursue their goals in the face of limited resources. Economic analysis provides a logical method for understanding individual behavior and its larger consequences. As part of CSU’s College of Liberal Arts, we go beyond supply-and-demand to bring in big-picture debates about economic perspectives and policies. 

Economics helps you understand how the world works – and offers a way to improve it. 
Economic analysis is often common sense. We emphasize a broad, policy oriented, liberal arts approach to the study of economics, one which appeals to students of many different backgrounds and interests. We examine how wealth and poverty are generated, how the economy grows or shrinks, how governments try to manage the economy, how countries are connected in global markets, and many other topics that affect our day-to-day lives. We can use that knowledge to craft policies that can help solve many pressing problems like poverty, inequality, and climate change.  

Economics is a versatile major that can be a gateway to many career paths. There are CSU Economics alumni working 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! 


The Economics Major Checksheet


Major Requirements

Minor Requirements

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.

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.

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.