Programs

In the Department of Economics at DU, we employ theory, history, quantitative and qualitative methods and interdisciplinary perspectives that will help students launch purposeful careers. As an undergraduate, you can major in economics or take the minor alongside your main course of study. For example, economics pairs well with various liberal arts degrees (such as philosophy, politics, history, sociology and psychology), benefits from mathematical and statistical tools, and relates to certain subjects in business while offering a more encompassing approach.

Graduate students can expand their knowledge through our master's program in economics and pursue exciting research opportunities alongside faculty and members of the Denver community. Our five-year 4+1 dual degree program allows you to earn both a bachelor of arts in economics and a master of science in economics and social policy.

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College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Economics

BA, Minor

About this Program

With our BA in economics, you'll build an in-depth understanding of economic growth and development locally, nationally and globally. Faculty challenge you to think critically as you research social and government policy alternatives and apply your findings both inside and outside the classroom. In this major, you can investigate the environmental impact of economic activities and study the relationship between financial markets and the economy.

Emphasizing conceptual understandings in addition to quantitative skills, we challenge you to explore new theories through heterodox economics. You can analyze economic structural changes and learn theories of business cycles, as well as investigate the choices and consequences of government policy alternatives. Once you've narrowed down an area of interest, you can complete an honors thesis.

Our program prepares students for careers in business, banking, government and education. Graduates hold positions in private industry and government as leaders, consultants or advisors. Economics is also a good foundation for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in law, business and international studies.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Economics

MA

About this Program

While many economics programs focus strictly on mainstream theories and quantitative skills, our master's program provides a bold alternative. Emphasizing conceptual understanding in addition to practical skills, we challenge you to explore new theories through heterodox economics. Our MA program challenges students to explore both mainstream and alternative theories and critically examine why those analyses have been formulated in specific manners. With applied elective courses in many fields, you can study the specific economic and social policy issues that interest you.

Your research culminates with a thesis project that requires you to connect what you've learned, make analytical applications to economic problems and articulate your arguments and conclusions. The critical analytical skills, ability to think outside the box and preparation to conduct insightful research can enable you to enjoy long-term success in the public or private sector. Graduates have launched careers in governmental agencies, policy research organizations, the business sector or within Denver's thriving startup and renewable energy sectors.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Economics & Social Policy 4+1

BA + MS

About this Program

Our accelerated dual-degree program allows students to gain a solid grounding in economics, examine both mainstream and alternative theories, and advance their research as they simultaneously pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees. We teach students to critically evaluate economic theory so that they can influence policy discussions as a means to positively shape our world. Within our program, students can study a range of specific economic and social policy issues of greatest interest to them. The MS requires completing a policy-oriented internship or taking a comprehensive exam to demonstrate that they can apply what they have learned.

The analytical skills, ability to think outside the box and preparation to conduct insightful research helps prepare our graduates for careers with governmental agencies, policy research organizations, the business sector or within Denver's thriving startup and renewable energy sectors.