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Department of Economics

Committed to students’ intellectual development, faculty research accomplishments, and making important contributions to local, regional, and national issues, and policy analysis.

Welcome to the Department of Economics

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We are a growing and vibrant department with 300+ undergraduate majors and 80+ minors. In order to provide the highest quality education, our faculty actively participate in scholarship.  Scholarship activities of our faculty 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 fostering a strong sense of community, and students enjoy extensive interaction with faculty members.

Explore our site and learn about the exceptional educational opportunities in the Department of Economics. We will happily answer any questions you may about economics programs.

College Factual recently rank Boise State #1 in Best Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans in the Rocky Mountains Region

Why Economics?

Chris Caldwell presents research

Have 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, the private sector and non-profit industries.

We are #20 on the Highest Paid Business/Managerial Economics Graduates list by College Factual.

What Can I Do with a Major in Economics?

Economics majors gain versatile skills such as analytical and critical problem solving, observation and inference from data, and written and oral communication. Having these skills opens up employment possibilities in many industries such as banking, energy, government, consulting, healthcare, education and agriculture. The American Economic Association has a few pointers on careers too!

Explore economics degrees

Career Paths for Economics Graduates

  • 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

See What Economics Alumni are Doing Now

Holly Bossart

Class of 2020

David Shin

Class of 2020

Josiah Bynum

Class of 2019

Lauren Butler

Class of 2018

Makenzie Peake

Class of 2018

Christian Sprague

Class of 2018

Cassie Sullivan

Class of 2014

Zachary Turk

Class of 2014

George Fenton

Class of 2012

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Phone:  208-426-3351

Hours:  M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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