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Department of Economics

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Welcome to the Department of Economics

We are a growing and vibrant department with over 300 undergraduate majors and more than 80 minors. In order to provide the highest quality education, faculty actively participate in scholarship.  Scholarship activities of our faculty members include environmental and natural resource economics, urban and regional development, energy economics, economic history and economic policy. Given the breadth of expertise of our faculty, we are able to offer a wide range of courses. Our faculty is committed to foster a strong sense of community, and students enjoy extensive interaction with faculty members.

Our Mission: The Department of Economics at Boise State University is known for its active commitment to students’ intellectual development, its research accomplishments, and its important contributions to local, regional, and national issues and policy analysis.

This site contains information about our degree programs, our faculty and opportunities for students. Please take the time to explore the exceptional educational opportunities in the Department of Economics. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have concerning our programs.

Why Economics?

Chris Caldwell presents researchHave you ever thought about whether free trade between the US and China benefits Americans? Opportunities for new markets in developing countries? Why we have pollution and what cost does it create for our society? Economists think about these and many other questions that affect our lives every day. Economists use logic, reasoning and quantitative methods to help answer some of these questions. A degree in economics opens up many employment possibilities within government, private sector and non-profit industries.

What Can I Do with a Major in Economics?

Economics majors obtain versatile skills such as analytical and critical problem solving, observation and inference from data and written and oral communication. The faculty members engage their students in research projects on topics that include natural resources, sustainability, urban planning, international economics and global economic development. A degree in Economics opens up employment possibilities in many industries such as banking, energy, government, consulting, health care, education and agriculture. The American Economic Association has a few pointers on careers too!

Career Paths:

  • Energy industry
  • Human Relations
  • Healthcare
  • Federal, state and local government (public policy)
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Law International trade
  • Marketing and retail
  • Real estate development; urban and regional planning

  • College and high school teaching
  • Economic consulting
  • Agriculture
  • Financial planning
  • Data processing and data analyst
  • Business ownership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Graduate school in economics or other fields