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Department of Economics

Building human capital

The Department of Economics offers students a high-quality education and excellent job-placement opportunities. Our 30 full-time faculty members teach a broad range of courses in economics and related business disciplines, including finance, accounting, entrepreneurship, strategic management, and marketing. We conduct research on applied micro- and macroeconomics, agricultural marketing and trade, farm and ranch management, agricultural policy and rural development, and natural resources/environmental issues, and we provide extension, outreach, and general service programs in economics.

The Department of Economics offers undergraduate majors in economics, business economics, entrepreneurial studies, agricultural business, and agricultural and resources economics. We also offer minors in accounting, management, marketing, human resource management, economics, agricultural business, agricultural marketing, and entrepreneurial studies. Moreover, we offer a master’s degree in economics, with two options. The research-oriented thesis option that is structured a full-time, day-time, face-to-face classes. An accelerated-track option allows students to earn both their bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in a total of five years. The second option is a non-thesis, business-oriented program of study. This option is offered as a hybrid structure with classes held in the evenings and on weekends on alternative weeks and that can be completed in 12 months or 24 months.




Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, certified volunteers helped prepare taxes from January 30th to March 1st for FREE! This program was sponsored by the SDSU Economics Department, and was led by Vicki Dubbelde.

Spring Economics and Management Career Fair

The Economics & Management Career Fair is a bi-annual event that provides a unique opportunity for prospective employers from a wide range of industries to meet with our motivated students and recruit the best candidates for available positions. Students can learn about career opportunities, seek internships and full-time positions, and network with employers.

The spring career fair took place on February 27th, 2018 in the Volstorff Ballroom from 2-5 pm. Click here for more information.


Economics Club T-Shirt Fundraiser

The Economics clubs are hosting a fundraiser and are selling these great Economics shirts! You can also get crewnecks and sweatshirts. Go to our Facebook page for more information, and click here to order! The shirts are on sale until 8 am on November 27th, and the pickup date will be December 6th. You'll be able to get your shirts right here in DePuy.

Fall Economics and Management Career Fair

The fall career fair took place on October 24, 2017 in the Volstorff Ballroom from 2-5 pm. Click here for more information.

Fall Kick Off!

Welcome, or welcome back! At the beginning of each academic year, the Department of Economic hosts a warm (literally, South Dakota warm!) welcome to our new and returning students. This event is an opportunity to learn how students can get involved in activities within the department. Plus you get to meet the profesors, advisors, and the department head! Join us Monday, August 28th, on the Jackrabbit Green (North side of the union) from 4-6 pm.


We've moved!

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The Economics Department has moved from Scobey Hall (50 on the map), and found a temporary home in the Depuy Military Hall gym (19 on the map; by the student union) while we wait for Harding Hall to be renovated within the next 18 months. Walk right through the front doors and head back through the open door immediately straight. We also have an alternate entrance in the back of the building. Everyone is in full operation; feel free to stop by! If you have trouble finding our new location, give us a call and we will send you in the right direction. Click here for more information about the move.

Spring Semester

SDSU Students Capture Title at G.A.M.E. VII Forum

Zhiguang (Gerald) Wang, Chad Te Slaa, and Justin Price
Faculty adviser Zhiguang (Gerald) Wang with student presenters Chad Te Slaa and Justin Price

"South Dakota State University’s student-managed investment fund team won national acclaim last week, earning first place in the student-managed portfolio competition at the Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) VII Forum.

The three-day event was held in New York City and brought together more than 1,500 students and faculty mentors representing 157 colleges and universities. The participants were from 41 countries, 46 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., and were able to learn and interact with 140 speakers from nearly 100 companies and organizations. The SDSU team was one of 18 selected to present to the judges, earning first place in the undergraduate competition.

This is a significant accomplishment for not only the students, but for the university,” said Zhiguang (Gerald) Wang, associate professor of finance in the Department of Economics..." Read More

Watch KSFY's News Story Here


Fall Semester

Students: What are the Driving Forces for Bank Selection?

Members of the Economics Graduate Student Team are conducting a student research project entitled "Driving Forces for Bank Selection" as part of a class project at South Dakota State University.

The purpose of the study is to identify what factors bring SDSU students "to the door" of banks and what services students want from their banking institution.

Students are invited to participate in the study.


SDSU Travel Blog-ABS 482/582

Read along with the adventures of the faculty and students of ABS 482/582 as they travel across Germany.


State dedicates First Dakota National Bank e-Trading Education Laboratory

Trading Ed Lab Dedication







South Dakota State University dedicated the First Dakota National Bank e-Trading Education Laboratory Saturday.

The e-Trading Lab, located in Berg Hall 139, will enable faculty to engage students in commodity marketing, agricultural finance, business finance and investments in ways that more accurately reflect activities in professional environments. Students from across campus will benefit from this experiential learning space.

Impacting South Dakota

The South Dakota Agricultural Land Market Trends 1991-2015 has been released. Read it online or contact the Economics Department to get your copy.