Undergraduate Program Overview

The Department of Economics at University of Colorado at Boulder is recognized as a very high quality research and teaching department.

The department offers BA and PhD degrees, and consists of more than 30 faculty members, more than 85 graduate students, and over 1000 undergraduate majors and 200 minors.

Economics is a quantitative, policy oriented social science with a highly developed body of theory and a wide range of real-world applications.  Economists seek to describe the process by which societies use scarce resources to attain societal goals and predict the consequences of changes in those processes.  Theoretical models, understanding of economic and policy making institutions, quantitative analysis, and the examination of data are all part of this field of knowledge.

In general, economists are interested in the economic behavior of individuals.  Investigations of the daily decisions that consumers, workers, and firm managers make, as well as the interactions of such economic decisions in markets, is the subject of microeconomics.  Macroeconomics refers to the analysis of economic activity of individuals aggregated over many markets.  Some of the specific issues of macroeconomics include economic growth, inflation, recession, and unemployment.  Finally, international economics investigates the interrelationships among different economies, and in particular studies the pattern of trade and payments between countries.

Faculty fields of specialization include international trade/finance, natural resource and environmental economics, public economics, urban and regional economics, development economics, labor economics and demography, political economics, economic history, industrial organization/game theory, and econometrics.

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