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Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Economics

What are Accelerated Programs?

Colorado State University offers students the opportunity to graduate by the end of their third spring or summer term for select programs of study. Accelerated Programs typically include 15-16 credits each fall and spring semester for three years, plus 6-9 credits each summer. Students who enter CSU with prior credit (AP, IB, transfer, etc.) may use applicable courses to further accelerate their graduation. Accelerated Programs are available to new degree-seeking CSU students beginning Fall 2020.

Economics Accelerated Degree Program

Our B.A. in Economics takes you beyond math and finance to discover how economics affects everyday life. It provides a solid understanding of how to interpret data, policy, and research to inform decisions. Students are prepared to think broadly and critically through a curriculum that blends technical knowledge with an understanding of how human behavior influences economic decisions and systems. Graduates are equipped a range of perspectives to analyze complex problems from multiple angles – a valuable skill in today’s rapidly changing global marketplace.

The Office of Admissions and your Academic Success Coordinator (ASC) will help you create a custom plan for accelerated study based on your needs and goals.

How to apply

Step 1

Meet with your Academic Success Coordinator to discuss whether an accelerated program is right for you. Interested students should also visit with staff in the Office of Financial Aid for additional options and resources.

Step 2

To declare your intent, complete the Accelerated Programs Agreement provided by your advisor.

The benefits of an Accelerated Program

Students who graduate in 3 or 3 ½ years will need to invest in summer tuition, fees, and related expenses, but may reduce their overall cost of attendance. The opportunity to enter a graduate or professional degree program or begin earning a professional salary earlier may enhance lifetime earnings.

While pursuing Accelerated Programs has many benefits, there are also important considerations. For instance, you may not have the opportunity to explore majors and add additional programs of study such as minors or second majors. If you change your major, an accelerated path may no longer work for you. If at any time you decide to opt out of an Accelerated Program, you should meet with your advisor to discuss taking more time for degree completion, and, if using financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid.