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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, entrepreneurial studies, agricultural business, agricultural and resources economics, and a business economics specialization. We also offer minors in accounting,  business, marketing, economics, agricultural business, agricultural marketing, and entrepreneurial studies. Moreover, we offer a master’s degree in economics, and our accelerated-track option allows students to earn both their bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in a total of five years.





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

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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.

The Economics Department Loves our Jackrabbits!

Curt Gustafson and Jack

Associate professor Dr. Curtis Gustafson working hard with Jack the Jackrabbit.