With 30 faculty who teach, conduct research, and participate in outreach, the Department of Economics plays a vital role in the life of the university and the state. The department resides administratively in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (effective July 1, 2018), but also maintains close ties to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, through which the Agricultural Business and Agricultural and Resource Economics are conferred. It occupies the first floor of Depuy Military Hall, until its move to a new and improved Harding Hall in 2018.
The department offers undergraduate academic programs in Business Economics, Agricultural Business, Entrepreneurial Studies, Economics, and Agricultural and Resource Economics. These programs currently combine for over 700 undergraduate majors.
The graduate program in economics prepares students for professions in business and government as well as for advanced studies in economics and finance. The program offers two curriculum options: an economic theory option and an applied business-economics option.
Many Economics faculty engage in research funded by the federal and state governments, regional commodity groups, and other external stakeholders with the aim of improving the economic conditions and quality of life for the citizens of South Dakota. Faculty also pursue scholarship that furthers their discipline.
The Department of Economics collaborates with SDSU Extension to disseminate and apply economic knowledge. Some of its faculty have a portion of their time devoted to extension and other outreach efforts, and the department also employs several SDSU Extension Field Specialists who are stationed around the state.