Apr 02, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Economics

MSU Denver’s Economics program is not a business program and Economics majors do not have the same requirements as other majors in the College of Business. For example, Economics majors do not need to take the business core nor the special General Studies required of business majors. Graduates will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree instead of a Bachelor of Science degree.

Bachelor of Arts

The Department of Economics is a non-business degree program housed in the College of Business offering a traditional Bachelor of Arts degree. Economics is the scientific study of the allocation of scarce or limited resources among competing uses. The study of economics provides specialized and general knowledge of the operation of economic systems and institutions. The bachelor of arts degree program gives students a fundamental knowledge of domestic and foreign economies and the quantitative tools necessary for independent analytical research and thought. Specialized courses develop the student’s ability to apply the tools of economic theory and analysis to a broad range of social, political, and economic issues. Such training is essential for graduates who wish to qualify for positions as professional economists and provides an excellent background for students interested in law school or graduate programs in economics, finance, or business. Majors interested in graduate studies in economics are highly encouraged to minor in mathematics.


Our mission statement reflects our commitment.

The Department of Economics at the Metropolitan State University of Denver delivers a high quality, accessible bachelor of arts program in economics while also providing significant service to the University, the College of Business, and the community by providing accessible and quality general studies courses in the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics. We prepare students for lifelong learning in a complex free civil society; for graduate or professional education in economics, business and legal studies, or the law; and for careers in a broad range of private and public activities.

The Department of Economics pursues excellence in teaching and learning as its primary purpose. The faculty of the department engages in scholarly activity that contributes to the literature in applied and basic economic research and other professional activity that enhances quality instruction.

While most positions as a professional economist require graduate training, for someone with a bachelor’s degree employment opportunities are available in national and international business; federal, state and local government; and various nonprofit organizations.

Successful economics students will attain the following competencies:

  • ability to examine, analyze, and interpret data;
  • sound decision-making abilities;
  • proficiency in oral and written communications;
  • knowledge of economic theory, history, practices, and trends;
  • knowledge of statistical procedures;
  • ability to follow and interpret economic and political trends.

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