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Economics

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Degree Overview Open Accordion

Learn how to interpret data, policy, and research in a program that takes you beyond math and finance to discover how economics affects the world around us.

Earn your bachelor's in economics online

The economy influences the future of consumers, businesses, and governments. Those with the power to understand it, interpret its impact, and make informed decisions and predictions based upon it can create a career for themselves in nearly any industry. CSU's online economics degree equips you with a wide range of perspectives, so you are able to analyze complex problems from multiple angles — a valuable skill in today's rapidly changing global marketplace. Learn to think broadly and critically through a blended curriculum that builds technical knowledge and an understanding of how human behavior influences economic systems.

Study the key drivers behind financial choices

Discover why individuals, households, communities, businesses, and governments make the decisions they do about the production and consumption of goods, services, and resources. This program artfully balances quantitative training to help you to become a better fact-based decision maker, with a deep exploration of the human aspect of economics, including studies of how various groups influence one another, the role gender plays, what the environment has to do with economics, and more.

Customize your degree for your career

In addition to foundational coursework, a minor is required for completion of the bachelor's degree in economics. You are able to choose from a selection of minors to tailor your studies to your personal interests and career goals:

  • Agricultural Business
  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • Gerontology
  • Global and Environmental Sustainability
  • Media Studies
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Online learning offers flexibility

Taught by the same faculty who teach on campus, this online bachelor's degree in economics allows you to earn the same credentials as on-campus students, but offers the flexibility you're looking for in an online program. The degree is offered by Colorado State University's College of Liberal Arts.

Curriculum Open Accordion

Requirements to Graduate

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete this degree. This includes:

  • 42 upper-division (300 and 400-level) credits
  • 30 upper-division credits completed through Colorado State University

The number of courses needed for completion of the program depends on:

CSU's composition requirement should be met in your first semester after admission. Students must satisfy CSU's admission requirement in mathematics.

Curriculum

The curriculum listed below is intended to inform prospective students about the overall theme of the program and should not be used as an example program of study. Students need to consult their advisor to develop a degree completion plan based on the credits transferred into this program. You have the option to use the TransferologyTM website to conduct a self-review of your potential transfer courses. This tool will assist you in seeing how your previous college coursework may transfer to CSU.

Major Requirements

All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) – 31 credits

Students are strongly encouraged to select AUCC courses in consultation with their academic advisor. The following courses are required as part of the 31 required AUCC credits for the economics degree:

Required Courses – 18 credits

Additional Required Course – 3 credits (Either as Required)

Restricted Electives – 12 credits

Choose any four courses from the following list. A minimum of two courses must be at the upper-division (300 and 400)-level.

Electives – 22 to 35 credits

In consultation with your academic advisor, choose courses in any discipline. Students must earn a total of 42 upper division (300 and 400-level) credits.

Degree Minor (21 to 24 credits)

Choose an approved minor.

Degree Minors Open Accordion

Grow your knowledge and focus on a topic that interests you. A degree minor can help you discover new passions and talents, and further specialize your education so you become more marketable to employers. Relevant courses often apply to both major and minor requirements, so a minor can be added without greatly changing your degree plan.

Courses already taken can apply to a minor regardless of when the minor is added to your student record. All minor requirements must be completed prior to graduation.

Undergraduate Minors

Agricultural Business

Build knowledge of production management, financial management, marketing management, international development, and trade through an agricultural lens. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Anthropology

Get a cross-cultural view of humanity and the broadly conceived dimensions of human behavior. You have the option to focus your anthropology studies on one or more sub-disciplinary divisions, including physical anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, or applied anthropology. To earn the minor, you must complete 22 credits from the following courses:

Business Administration

Computer Science

Add to your knowledge base and feel confident working with fields like computer programming, software development, cyber security, and more.

Required Lower Division Courses

Select one course from the following

Required Upper Division Courses

  • CS courses numbered 300 or above (12 cr.)

Program Total Credits: 24

Please note: Additional Math courses may be required depending on the 300/400 level courses that students choose.

Creative Writing

Explore creative writing in one or more of the following genres: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. In addition to broadening your writing repertoire, gain workshop experience at an advanced level. To earn this minor, you must complete a minimum of 21 credits in courses with E or CO subject codes, with at least 15 upper-division credits.

Required Courses

Select one group from the following

Fiction
Poetry
Nonfiction

Upper-Division Electives

Economics

Gain insight into current socioeconomic problems in the areas of resource allocation, inflation, unemployment, income distribution, environmental degradation, international trade, and monopoly power. This minor prepares you for careers in business management, teaching, government, banking, and public policy. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Gerontology

Prepare for a variety of careers in gerontology and develop an understanding of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of adult development and aging. This interdisciplinary minor prepares you to fill the need for well-trained professionals to support aging adults, and can be paired with any CSU major.

Required Courses

Electives (3-6 credits)

Global and Environmental Sustainability

Prepare to meet today's pressing environmental challenges with this interdisciplinary minor offered by The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES). Explore innovative research to understand how to solve problems that arise between humans and the environment. To earn your minor, you must complete 21 credits (12 upper-division credits) from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select one course from each group (A-D)

At least 3 credits must be upper-division (300-400 level). Courses may not satisfy two groups.

Group A: Society and Social Processes (select one)
Group B: Biological and Physical Processes (select one)
Group C: Economy and Profitability (select one)
Group D: Skills (select one)

Upper-Division Elective – select 3 upper-division credits from categories A-D with a subject code not previously taken (3 cr.)

History

Expand the breadth of your knowledge by earning an undergraduate minor in history. Choose from a range of courses based on your interests. This minor may be particularly useful for students who plan to pursue careers in education, public service, government, museums and archives, law, and other professions that require skills in research, writing, and the analysis of information. To earn the history minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses. (Note: You must complete at least 12 upper-division credits and 9 lower-division credits).

Select any 9 credits from the following

Select any 12 credits from the following

Horticulture

Growing and managing plants requires you to understand the science and the business of cultivation, and this online bachelor's degree minor emphasizes both. To earn the horticulture minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses.

Required courses (14 credits):

Select two courses (for a minimum of 7 credits) from the following:

Interdisciplinary Global Studies

Develop an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and peoples with courses in international and global history, politics, languages and cultures, economics, and environmental issues. To earn this minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

  • GR 100 – Introduction to Geography (3 cr.)
  • INST 200 – Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Studies (3 cr.)
  • INST 301 – International Studies Research Methods (3 cr.)

Select four courses below

One course from each category, 12 credits total with at least 9 credits in upper-division (300-400) coursework.

History, Politics, and Society
Languages and Cultures
Economy and Environment

Interdisciplinary Information Science and Technology

This interdisciplinary minor is sponsored by departments in different colleges across CSU: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, English and Journalism and Media Communication. The program is designed for students seeking a broad foundation in information technology, but not seeking to major in a specific information technology-related field. The program requires 21 credits and is open to students majoring in any field other than computer science, computer information systems, and electrical and computer engineering.

Required Course

Elective Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Program Total Credits: 21

Note: Nine credits must be from upper-division courses. A minimum of six credits must be completed from at least two subject codes.

Machine Learning

Media Studies

Understand the role and influence of mass media in American society and other cultures by studying media and film history, criticism, law, ethics, social effects, cultural consequences, and multicultural and international media issues. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Political Science

Gain a foundation in political theory and prepare for careers in law, teaching in the social sciences, journalism, and public service. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select six credits from the following

Select nine credits of upper division classes from the following

Science Communications

The minor in Science Communication is designed to educate highly qualified communicators who have interests in specialized academic disciplines and career fields. Because science often involves complicated research and processes, communicating the results of that work requires special skills. This program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of niche career opportunities in media, corporate communication, science-related industries, and scientific environments.

Required Courses

Select two courses from the following:

Sociology

How to Add a Minor

Please connect with your assigned advisor to request to add a minor. Note that you must apply and be admitted to the University for a bachelor's degree program before you can add a minor to your student record. Once you are admitted, one or more minors may be added to your student record.

Undergraduate Certificates

Spanish for Animal Health and Care

For students interested in working in animal science, veterinary medicine, or related fields, this certificate program teaches intermediate-level Spanish for use in agricultural and animal care settings. Learn to communicate in Spanish about livestock, equine, and small animal breeds, give directions for animal care and handling, issue instructions for safety and drug administration, and more.

Courses

Seed Science and Technology

Prepare for a career as a seed analyst with online courses in seed technology. These courses, led by Colorado State University and supported by three other major universities (Iowa State University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Kentucky) and the Crop Science Society of America, offer a comprehensive overview of seed analysis, a technical skill requiring patience, attention to detail, and a scientific understanding of seed biology. After completion, you will be prepared to complete the examinations to become a Registered Seed Technologist.

Courses

Note: Additional study and testing is required to become a Certified Seed Analyst or Registered Seed Technologist.

Career Opportunities Open Accordion

Students often wonder, "what can I do with an economics degree?" Whether it's career preparation, intellectual curiosity, or political change that drives you, economics has something to offer.

According to the Wall Street Journal and PayScale Inc., economics majors, on average, start at a higher salary than most other liberal arts, and even business degrees:

Average Starting Salaries by Major:

Computer Science $55,900
Civil Engineering $53,900
Economics $50,100
Management Information Systems $49,200
Finance $47,900
Accounting $46,000
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

Additionally, a major in economics sends a message to prospective employers that you:

  • Are a logical and critical thinker
  • Have basic quantitative skills
  • Are able to assess economic costs versus benefits
  • Think on the margin
  • Can adapt to changing circumstances
  • Are interested in the "big picture"

Because the state of our economy impacts every area of business, as someone who is able to understand and interpret it, you'll find job opportunity in virtually any industry. Examples include:

  • Public policy
  • Real estate
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Business
  • Non-profit
  • Education
  • Consulting
  • Banking
Faculty Open Accordion
Niroj Bhattarai

Niroj Bhattarai (he/him/his)

Dr. Niroj Bhattarai is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Research Associate at the Poverty Action Center at CSU. Dr. Bhattarai also serves as the Director of Online Studies in Economics. His research interest is in the field of education and its role in development. He has collaborated with various local and international agencies to address issues at the intersection of education and poverty. His current work is on the effects of COVID-19 on educational outcomes of non-traditional students in Northern Colorado.

Adam Walke

Adam Walke (he/him/his)

Adam Walke is a 4th year Ph.D. student whose research is currently focused on the simultaneous processes of agrarian and industrial change in North American capitalist economies. Walke previously worked as a researcher examining US-Mexico cross-border economic linkages. He holds an M.S. in Economics from University of Texas at El Paso and a B.A. in Economics from Trinity University.

Ashish Sedai

Ashish Sedai (he/him/his)

Ashish Sedai is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics and a PAC@REDI graduate student at Colorado State University. Before coming to CSU, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Delhi from 2012-2017. He has also worked as consultant and research associate, specializing in applied economic research for the World Bank, the United Nations ESCAP and ESCWA, JPAL-MIT, 2M Research, GTAP-Purdue University, Ministry of Science and Technology, India. Sedai has published graduate research papers in reputed journals such as: Energy Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, The Energy Journal, and Economic and Political Weekly.

Austin Landini

Austin Landini (he/him/his)

Austin Landini is a 5th year Ph.D. student at Colorado State, originally from Iowa City, Iowa. His teaching assignments have included Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, International Trade, Mathematics for Economists, History of Economic Thought and Institutions, and Game Theory. Landini’s research interests include demographics, public spending, and community-level economic opportunity, and he has presented at conferences for the Association of Social Economics and North American Regional Science Council. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, camping, basketball, and golf.

Emily Hrovat

Emily Hrovat (she/her/hers)

Emily Hrovat is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Economics at Colorado State University, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Hrovat’s research focuses on the relationship between reproductive justice and labor supply and demand, on both a global and local scale. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and playing with her cat, Frankie.

Hwayoung Jeon

Hwayoung Jeon (she/her/hers)

Hwayoung Jeon is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at CSU, originally from South Korea. Her research interests include public and environmental economics, in particular how they impact inequality. Through her research, she seeks to address the problem of inequality. As an instructor, Jeon participated in 2017 AEA Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education and in the 2018 CORE USA workshop as a recipient of the Teagle Teaching Fellow.

Lackson Mudenda

Lackson Mudenda (he/him/his)

Lackson Mudenda is a Ph.D. student at CSU whose research interests relate to inequality, poverty, and commodity price volatility. Originally from Zambia, Mudenda previously worked for five years for the central Bank of Zambia and Zambia Revenue Authority. He is passionate about economics in general and, though shy, enjoys robust discussions of the world’s social issues. In his spare time, Mudenda likes swimming, watching basketball, and motorsport, especially Formula 1 and beautiful cars.

Maame Hagan

Maame Hagan (she/her/hers)

Maame Hagan is a Ph.D. candidate in economics, originally from Ghana, West Africa. Hagan moved to the United States 13 years ago to study international relations, political science, and economics, and her current research interests are in the fields of international economics and public economics. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and trying out new recipes.

Manuel Cruz Luzuriaga

Manuel Cruz Luzuriaga (he/him/his)

Manuel Cruz Luzuriaga is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in economics.

Luzuriaga holds an M.A. in Economics from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Economic Analysis from the University of Chile.

Michelan Wilson

Michelan Wilson (she/her/hers)

Michelan Wilson is a 4th year Ph.D. student who specializes in issues related to environmental and natural resource economics. Originally from Jamaica, Wilson has been living in the United States for 6 years. A passionate teacher, she is committed to bringing best practices into the online classroom and continuing to learn how to best facilitate online courses.

Nes Lo

Kenese Lo (he/him/his)

Kenese “Nes” Lo is a Ph.D. student with fields in regional and public economics, whose research focuses on differential impacts of policies at all levels of education. He holds an M.A. in Economics from Colorado State University and a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Hastings College.

Teresa Perry

Teresa Perry (she/her/hers)

Teresa Perry is a 4th year Ph.D. student interested in health and gender economics. Her dissertation incorporates an intersectional approach to studying addiction and substance use in economics. Perry also has research interests and projects in human trafficking and social media. She has been working on a project with Associate Professor Anders Fremstad and fellow Ph.D. candidate Sarah Small on the importance of textbooks in economics. In addition to her teaching experience at CSU, she was also a teaching fellow for Advanced Math for the AEASP Summer Program at Michigan State where she won best teaching fellow for the month of July 2020.

Wisnu Setiadi Nugroho

Wisnu Setiadi Nugroho (he/him/his)

Wisnu Setiadi Nugroho is a Ph.D. candidate whose current research focuses on impact evaluation of poverty alleviation programs, poor households’ economic behavior, and household and firm behavior related to taxation. Nugroho works as a research assistant at PAC@REDI and recently presented work on the timing of an education intervention in Indonesia and on gender differences in education expenditure in Timor-Leste. Prior to coming to CSU, Nugroho was a research associate for the World Bank Indonesia, AusAid8 Jakarta, the National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction, and the Office of the Vice President for the Republic of Indonesia.

Kristopher Deming

Kristopher Deming (he/him/his)

Kristopher Deming is a Graduate Teaching Instructor and Ph.D. candidate with fields in public economics and regional economics. He is currently researching how the Earned Income Tax Credit affects entrepreneurship and has presented at conferences for the Urban Economics Association, the National Tax Association, the North American Regional Sciences Council, and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics. Before coming to CSU, he worked at The Village as a Senior Research Assistant in Hartford, CT.

Débora Nunes

Débora Nunes (she/her/hers)

Débora Nunes is a fourth year Ph.D. student currently researching in the fields of macroeconomics, feminist economics, and Latin American studies. Originally from Brazil, Débora got her B.A. and M.A. from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, and was also an invited undergraduate student at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE, Mexico). Débora's professional experiences include internships at the Central Bank of Brazil and at the Southern Brazil Regional Development Bank; in the private sector, she owned a company that offered services in the cultural sector and worked as a producer and professional dancer for several years.

Sanchari Choudhury

Sanchari Choudhury (she/her/hers)

Sanchari Choudhury is pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics with Colorado State University, and is currently in her third year. Her areas of interest include Macroeconomics, International Trade and Finance, and Gender Economics in the developing economy context. Choudhury is currently researching Impacts of greater economic integration of South Asia on women’s labor market outcomes, marriage market outcomes and intrahousehold women empowerment and monetary policy autonomy of the domestic economy.

Frequently Asked Questions Open Accordion

How many credits do I need to graduate?

This degree requires the completion of 120 credits.

Can I transfer in credits from another program or school?

Yes, some previous college credits may be transferred into this program. However, all credits must be approved by the Degree and Transfer Evaluation Unit. Learn more at the Office of the Registrar website.

Is there a difference between CSU’s online and on-campus programs?

As a student in CSU’s online economics bachelor’s program, you will receive the same education, learn from the same faculty, and earn the same regionally accredited degree as students on campus.

How flexible is the program curriculum? Can I customize my learning experience?

Yes, this program can be customized based on your career goals and interests. With guidance from your academic advisor, you will select between 22 and 35 elective credits. You will also select a degree minor (21 to 24 credits) from more than 15 options, including business administration, political science, sociology, and more.

How will I interact with faculty?

Your interaction with faculty varies depending on the course, but most faculty members set aside time for online office hours and generally communicate with students via email.

Will I get to interact and/or collaborate with other students?

How you interact with classmates also varies depending on the courses you take. Discussion boards, chat, video conferencing, and email are often used by students to collaborate on projects and exchange ideas.

What is the difference between a B.A. in economics and a B.S.?

This degree goes beyond math and finance to teach you how and why individual and group behaviors affect economic systems. Added flexibility is one of the primary differences between a B.A. and a B.S. Learn more by reading How is a B.A. in Economics Different from a B.S.?

Will I receive an actual CSU diploma?

Yes, you will earn the same CSU diploma that on-campus students earn. It will not say that the degree was online or distance.

Can I attend commencement on campus?

Yes, after successful completion of your bachelor’s program, you may choose to attend commencement on campus in Fort Collins, Colorado.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester January 1
Summer semester May 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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Planning to transfer credits from another college or university? Please review our FAQ page, then complete a Tentative Transfer Evaluation Form to see how your prior credits may transfer.

1 Review Admission Requirements

  • Previous college credit may be transferred into the online economics bachelor's degree program, and minimum credits required can vary depending on previous coursework completed.
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA (2.5 cumulative GPA preferred) from all coursework previously completed*
  • Satisfy admission requirement in mathematics
  • High school graduation or equivalent

* A 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted is the threshold for consideration. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA below 2.5 should be prepared to demonstrate academic success in the form of an upward GPA trend and no D/F grades in their most recent terms.

Additional information may be required for international applicants. Please connect with a coach to learn more.

2 Talk with a Student Success Coach

Call or email our student success team to find out if the program is a good fit for your goals. Our coaches are available Monday-Friday to help you find the right program and navigate the application process.

Student Success Coach: Morgan Parsley
Phone: (970) 682-7251
Email: Morgan Parsley

Schedule Time to Talk

3 Complete Online Application

Complete Colorado State University's online undergraduate application and pay the $50 nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online) or waiver (if eligible).

  • Select "Economics— online degree program" when choosing major.

Online applications must be submitted before 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) on the deadline date. If you miss the application deadline, you may still register for courses to begin your program of study as a non-degree student. Students seeking Federal financial aid must be admitted prior to enrolling.

4 Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Use FAFSA code 001350. Additional financial aid information is also available.

5 Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and may take up to six weeks during high volume application periods.

Questions? Call (970) 682-7251 or email Morgan Parsley.

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Economics
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Program Details

Courses
Credits
120
Tuition
$476 per credit
Degree Awarded
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Time Frame
Varies based on intensity of study and previous coursework

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
August 1
Spring semester
January 1
Summer semester
May 1

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