Explore Economic Impacts Through Dynamic Historical and Contemporary Study

A quote attributed to a Chinese curse states, "May you live in interesting times!" Today’s global economic landscape certainly offers an interesting time in which to study economics. Politicians, policy makers and even the economics profession itself offer differing views on how to stabilize and sustain economic growth and development.

In our BA major and minor, as well as in our MA program and 4+1 dual degree program, faculty prepare you to be citizen-participants in a rapidly changing economic landscape. At DU, we emphasize multiple perspectives on economics and we examine economics as one element of larger social systems.

You’ll strengthen critical thinking and writing skills alongside quantitative methods and economic theory. Combined, this broad approach prepares you for a range of careers in government, business, finance, politics, law, international studies and more.

"Without the support of the Economics Department, academically, professionally and personally, I would have never discovered my capabilities as an economist. Nor would I have ever pushed myself to the limits of my comfort zone and found another whole world beyond that."

Brianna Connelly MA in Economics, 2013

"I really like that DU approaches economics from a heterodox perspective and that economic history and qualitative analysis are a big part of the program, not just quantitative analysis. I think this creates a very well-rounded education in economics and fosters critical thinking."

Nichole Alexander MA in Economics, 2014

Undergraduate Economics Program

Economics Major

Studying economics at DU provides you with a broad knowledge foundation. Majors learn about the history of economic ideas while developing critical thinking, writing and quantitative skills. Internships in the public and private sectors put economics learning into practice, preparing you for an impactful career.

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Economics Minor

A minor in economics compliments many majors, including international studies, accounting, finance, marketing, philosophy, political science, statistics and more. As a minor, you’ll study multiple economic schools of thought while practicing critical thinking, writing and quantitative skills applicable across many different career areas.

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Graduate and Dual Degree Economics Programs

4+1 BA and MS in Economics and Social Policy

Our accelerated dual-degree program allows motivated students to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees over five years. It combines the benefits of our undergraduate and graduate degree programs and maintains our emphasis on studying economics in context and coupling critical thinking with quantitative analysis.

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MA in Economics

The master’s program brings together economic theory and practical experience. Our faculty offers a diverse set of approaches to the study of economics, with specializations in economic philosophy, income inequality, economic and social policy, health economics, urban economics, environmental economics, financial systems, political economy and international economics. MA students join a close-knit community of faculty and peer collaborators that help them master the tools necessary to conduct quantitative analysis, policy analysis, and basic mathematical modeling. 

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Why Economics?

Students across our degree programs examine economics as a social apparatus that governs the production and distribution of goods and services. Our faculty emphasize the social impacts of economic growth and development and help you put this knowledge into practice through critical thinking, reading and writing, quantitative analysis, independent research projects and internships. Exploring the breadth of economic theories and ideas means you’ll be prepared for careers in business, law, international studies, government and much more.

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