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Department of Economics

Undergraduate Programs

Individuals, businesses, and governments face many important economic decisions. Should the individual attend college or accept a job offer? Should the business expand into a new region? Should the government raise payroll taxes to assure the financial viability of social security? Should government impose tariffs on imports from China and place stronger limits on immigration?

Economists study the implications of such decisions and how these decisions impact our lives. The well-trained economist has a solid understanding of economic theory as well as the technical tools to apply this theory to make informed choices. Not surprisingly, these skills are valuable in the job market. They also help students prepare for graduate studies in economics, law, or related fields.

The Department of Economics offers undergraduate programs leading to the B.A. or B.S. degree. In addition, many students complement their major area of study with a minor in economics. Students with an outstanding academic record can join our accelerated masters program leading to an undergraduate degree in economics at the end of four years of study and a master of arts in economics at the end of five.

In earning a B.A. or B.S degree, students choose between the general degree option and four different specialized tracks. The general degree is designed for flexibility. It works well for those who want to choose their own area of emphasis or perhaps earn a second major in another field. Many students prefer to specialize in a more narrow area of economics and choose one of the tracks within the major. The tracks are designed to give students the opportunity to develop those skills most relevant to a specific area within economics.

Other Opportunities

Scholarships: The department currently awards nearly thirty undergraduate scholarships and this number is on the rise.

Mentorship Program: The department’s mentoring program pairs students with alumni who have achieved success in an area of the student’s interest. The program is a great way to make a connection for the future and explore life after graduation with a mentor dedicated to students’ advancement.

Economics Club:  The Economics Club is dedicated to connecting students who share an interest in economics and providing an exciting atmosphere where this interest can flourish. Meetings generally feature speakers from academia or industry who use economics in their daily lives. The club hosts a high profile debate series, with renowned economists discussing the biggest issues in economics. The club has frequent social outings and arranges a field trip each year. Recent trips include Chicago, Topeka, and Boston. Next up is Washington D.C.

Undergraduate Research:  Students are encouraged to apply their learning by working with a professor on a research topic of their choosing.  Students completing research have numerous ways to showcase their work, including a yearly trip to the Dallas Federal Reserve. At this conference, economics students from all over the country present their research and network.

Message from the Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Dan Kuester

Economics is a challenging and rewarding major. Training in economics prepares one for a variety of positions with corporations and other business firms, federal and state governments, and research and policy institutes. Law school admissions officers look favorably on economics graduates because economics trains students to think analytically and rigorously. Economics majors rank highly among the various disciplines in salaries.


At K-State, our faculty is dedicated to providing outstanding undergraduate instruction in economics. Our talented students also contribute to create an enthusiastic learning environment. If you think that economics might be the major you are looking for, or if you would just like to explore it a bit more, stop by for a visit. You can contact me at dkuester@k-state.edu or 785-532-6341.


Dr. Dan Kuester
Director of Undergraduate Studies