Economics Department

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Vision: The Economics Department vision is to be a quality academic department that provides best possible education to our undergraduate and graduate students, trains student scholars and fosters original intellectual growth through research.

Mission: Our mission is to prepare our students, through high quality teaching and research, to be engaged and informed citizens, and to contribute productively in their careers using knowledge learned during their study of Economics.

Degrees offered: The Economics Department offers a B.A. in Economics, an M.A. in Economics, and a Minor in Economics.

Program goals: Economics Department Program Goals.

For more information on our undergraduate and graduate programs, student resources, faculty, current activities in the department, or alumni, please follow the main navigation links or contact us.

Special Announcements

Position Available

San Francisco State University, Department of Economics invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Economics beginning September 2019. Please refer to the Assistant Professor of Urban Economics position announcement (pdf). The deadline for submissions is November 22, 2019. More information is available in the position description (pdf).

Economics Department Open House

Economics Department would like to welcome you to a student-staff-faculty mixer on August 22nd at 2-3pm. You will get a chance to meet the faculty, learn about mandatory advising, the Economics Student Association, available jobs and student assistantships and more. Refreshments will be provided. Location: HSS 143.

Graduation Application

Follow these graduation application steps (pdf) to apply for graduation.

Graduation Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2019:  September 27, 2019
  • Spring 2020:  February 21, 2020
  • Summer 2020:  July 10, 2020

Office Hours

Faculty office hours and contact details (pdf)

Economics Computer and Tutoring Labs

Computer Lab hours (pdf) and Tutoring Lab hours (pdf).


Betty Blecha Memorial Lecture

The distinguished lecture on "Equality of Opportunity in America: New Lessons from Big Data" by Dr. Raj Chetty (Stanford University) is now available on the SF State YouTube channel for viewing.

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Dr. Paula Stephan will be speaking on "Are the Foreign Born a Source of Strength for Science?" on Tuesday, April 9, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, in HSS 130. Everybody is welcome to attend! Dr. Stephan is a labor economist from Georgia State University and is this year’s SFSU Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.

Economics Department Graduation Celebration 2019

The Department of Economics invites all graduating Economics Undergraduate and Graduate Students and their families, faculty and staff to a reception [pdf]. Date and time: Tuesday, May 28, 10:00am – 12:00pm, J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 121 – SF State Campus. Purchase reception tickets online (by credit card) at UCORP e-Market website (scroll to Economics Department), or in person (by check) at HSS 142. Important: online ticket sales will close 5:00 pm on May 20 - please purchase ticket(s) by this date. Cost: $15 per person / $10 for 3-10 years old.