The Economics Major

Economics is a social science that examines the functioning of markets, the determination of prices and distribution of income, and the determination of the overall level of income and rates of unemployment and inflation. In addition, Economics deals with various social problems. The Economics major at Sacramento State is designed to provide students with a liberal education with special emphasis on the economic aspects of society; on familiarization with techniques for the analysis of contemporary economic problems; and on developing the ability to think critically, to conceptualize and to possess the communication and computer skills to evaluate private and public policy issues.

The Economics program is appealing to students due to the quality of its faculty, the breadth of its course offerings, and the amount of choice it offers the student in planning his or her course work. In addition to training in the traditional economics areas, the program offers such diverse courses as: The California Economy; State and Local Finance; Energy; Environmental and Resource Economics, and Urban Economics. Students find the Department of Economics congenial to their educational and career objectives.

The Economics Minor

A Minor in Economics may be especially attractive to students majoring in Mathematics, Business Administration, Government, Environmental Studies - or any of the other Social Science disciplines. The Economics minor adds both theoretical and analytical depth. In addition, it provides the historical and institutional background important to an understanding of contemporary economic issues. It offers students in other majors a broader-based undergraduate education while widening the choice of job possibilities. Employers view the minor in Economics favorably.

The Center for Economic Education

The Economic Education Certificate Program is designed to give participants a solid foundation in economics that will enable them to teach the subject in primary and secondary schools. Participants who are not enrolled at Sacramento State may take these courses through the College of Continuing Education. For more information about the program, please contact the Director for Economic Education: Dr. Tim Ford

Graduation Admission

Graduate Admissions Deadlines


Congratulations to our Scholarship Recipients:  

The Rod Swanson Scholarship in Economics

Colby Dotson (Spring 2018)
Matthew Sepulveda (Spring 2016)
Amy Chen (Fall 2014)

The John G. Ranlett Memorial Scholarship in Economics

Katherine Koulouris (Fall 2018)
Nikaya Southworth (Spring 2018)
Lauren Lombardo (Spring 2015)
Katya Hoque (Spring 2014)

The Robert and Chi-Ming Dana Curry Scholarship

Leidy Cadena Gomez (Spring 2018)
Lisa Marie Holzen (Spring 2017)
Max Norton (Spring 2016)
Daniel Tatenko (Spring 2015)

Please enjoy this wonderful article about the John G. Ranlett Memorial scholarship created by alumnus Rod Swanson.


Former professor, Robert L. Curry and Chi-Ming Dana Curry, have provided funds to the Economics Department as Scholarship donors. Professor Curry is being honored in the SSIS Academy of Honor and Distinction.  Please read more about this remarkable professor here.



Career Network link (job and internship listings).


Internships/Job Opportunities

U.S. Economic Research Service (ERS) - Lists job openings requiring a Master's Degree or Ph.D.

More Resources

Click on this link for information on remaining Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 deadlines and dates to remember


Watch this video and learn more about ECON MAJOR Melissa Holden - recipient of the 2010 College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies Dean's Award.