Economics Bachelor of Arts
Department of Economics
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Are you curious about the forces that affect our economic welfare? Would you like to help clean up the environment or deal with overpopulation and poverty? Would you enjoy helping businesses explore new markets? Are you interested in the history of economic thought and institutions? Are you curious about different economic theories and philosophies? Would you like to apply sophisticated mathematical and statistical techniques to the analysis of economic problems? Are you interested in international trade and finance? Would you like to know the fundamentals behind government economic policies? If any of your answers are "yes," then a major in Economics may be for you.

Economics is the study of how people and societies use scarce resources to produce the things they want. Economic theory provides a framework for understanding economic issues, analyzing and predicting the likely effects of economic behavior and government policies, and formulating efficient and equitable solutions to pressing economic problems.

A strong liberal arts curriculum including arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, advanced composition, mathematics, and statistics provides the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to systematically and logically analyze problems, generate and test ideas, and develop effective communication and quantitative skills. Economics majors develop an appreciation of economic issues, and learn to analyze and critically evaluate economic phenomena and policies. The major core includes four semesters of economic theory, a semester of econometrics, and several semesters of economics electives covering a wide variety of economic topics from environmental and natural resource economics to the history of economic institutions and Marxist economic thought.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Strong interest in economic and social issues
* Aptitude for mathematics and logic
* Analytical and critical thinking ability
* Creative
* Able to identify key issues
* Able to integrate a variety of concepts
* Good written and oral communication skills
* Desire to understand how political and social contexts affect behavior

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
Economists are employed in a wide variety of fields from education and research to business and government. Nonprofit and international organizations use economists in overseas development, environmental conservation, and international relations. Economics like many liberal arts majors provides students with a broad academic background suitable for a variety of jobs. Economics majors are trained to think independently and critically, communicate effectively, and function in a multicultural world. Many employers appreciate liberal arts majors for their multiple skills and their ability to adapt to a variety of tasks and work environments. Careers for graduates are available in education, business and government. Participation in internships or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can pursue careers in Economics or attain advanced positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels. Depending on your interests, the electives you take, or the minor you select, available career choices include but are not limited to the following:

Banking/Financial
* Commodities/stock broker
* Financial analyst
* Economic forecaster
* Trust administrator
* Loan counselor
* Pension funds administrator
* Bank examiner
* Securities analyst
* Internal auditor

Government
* Foreign trade analyst
* Public policy analyst
* Regional/urban planner
* Foreign service officer
* Tax auditor
* Natural resource analyst

Human services
* Educator
* Program administrator
* Researcher
* Community organizer
* Environmental activist
* International aid organization analyst or administrator

Business
* Marketing analyst
* Purchasing agent
* Public relations/media planner
* Program consultant
* Contract administrator
* Systems evaluator
* Personnel planner
* Portfolio administrator
* Finance manager

Education
* Instructor
* Professor
* Secondary school teacher
* Administrator
* Academic advisor

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* Economics Club
* Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society
* Liberal Arts College Council

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Economics
C306 Clark Building
1771 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1771
970-491-6324
http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/Econ
* Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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