Overview | LSU Department of Economics

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The Department of Economics is committed to excellence in teaching and research. Our goal is to provide students with analytic skills and a breadth of economic understanding that prepares them for careers in business,  government, or for further study in economics, law, or public policy. Our faculty are frequently honored with teaching awards, regularly publish in prestigious professional journals, and several serve as editors of professional journals.

The Department of Economics offers the following:

Students in economics have multiple opportunities to participate in various groups and organized events, including:

At the undergraduate level, we offer a bachelor's degree in economics and one in international trade and finance through the E. J. Ourso College of Business and a bachelor's degree in economics through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students can choose a concentration in quantitative economics, and non-majors can obtain a formal minor in economics (through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences). The department is pleased to participate in the University’s Honors Program. At the graduate level, we offer MS and PhD degrees in economics and a Certificate in Econometrics​.

More detailed information about our programs and the department can be found in the links above, and further information about the study of economics can be found at the American Economic Association’s sites for undergraduate and graduate study of economics.


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Bachelor of Science in Economics

A 120-hour program with several learning objectives for students including identifying the role of supply and demand in a market economy and identifying the necessary conditions for market economies to function well.

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Bachelor of Science in International Trade and Finance

A 120-hour program with several learning objectives for students including identifying policy options and their effectiveness and understanding importance of international relations to trade and finance. 

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Bachelor of Arts in Economics

A 120-hour program offered to students in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. A minor in economics is also available in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.


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Master of Science in Economics

The MS program is designed to provide the training necessary for careers in government and business where original research is generally not the primary concern. 

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PhD in Economics

The PhD program is designed to train economists capable of adding to the knowledge of economics, doing independent research, and teaching at college or university levels.

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Certificate in Econometrics

The certificate pro​gram has prerequisites of multivariate calculus and linear algebra and is open to graduate students at LSU and to non-traditional students from business, industry, and government. 


Congratulations to Professor Faik Koray, who will take over as Department of Economics chair from Professor Robert Newman who is stepping down in August after 15 years of service to the department as chair. 

The Department is pleased that Daniel Keniston will join the department as an associate professor in Fall 2018. Keniston received his PhD in economics from M.I.T. and is currently in the economics department at Yale University. His research and teaching focus is development economics.

The department is also pleased to announce that Abigail Peralta, who is completing her PhD at Texas A&M University, and Barton Willage, who is completing his PhD at Cornell University, will join the department as assistant professors this fall. Peralta's focus is public economics, political economy, development economics, and experimental economics. Willage's focus is health economics, public economics, and applied microeconomics.

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