The HSU Department of Economics provides students with a rigorous core combined with applications that range from development and international trade to the environment, natural resources, sustainability, and clean energy. Economics majors get opportunities for hands-on analytical work, many of which are paid, and examples include the Humboldt Economic Index, HIIMR, the Eureka CPI project, sustainable rural development service learning, and instructional student assistant for classroom supplemental instruction sections. Majors choose either a traditional economics pathway or an interdisciplinary pathway that links the major to coursework in related fields such as business, international studies, natural resources planning, and more.

HSU Economics Ruprecht Assistantship

Humboldt Economic Index

One of the best-known ongoing, community-based research projects at HSU is the Humboldt Economic Index. The Index has primarily tracked six sectors of the Humboldt County economy since 1994.

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Humboldt Interdisciplinary Institute for Marijuana Research (HIIMR)

HIIMR is a recently formed institute dedicated to generating high quality research relating to marijuana. Headed by Dr. Erick Eschker and Dr. Josh Meisel, this institute's aim is to be on the forefront of marijuana research.

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Ruprecht Research Assistantship

The Ruprecht Research Assistantship engages students in Economics research projects with faculty while providing a stipend to help with college costs. This hands-on learning opportunity helps students synthesize what they learn class.

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Why Study Economics

Service Learning Course – ECON 470

Students in this course get an opportunity to get hands on learning through a sustainable rural economic development service learning project.

Capstone Projects

All economics majors take the Econ 490 capstone experience course in their last spring semester at HSU. In this capstone experience every student gets an opportunity to engage in a capstone project. Examples include buying and retiring CO2 allowances from California’s cap and trade market, running the department’s Economic Forum events, planning Alumni Speaker events, or writing the Short Run department newsletter.

Eureka CPI

Since 2013 students in the HSU Department of Economics have been gathering consumer price data in the Eureka area to construct and update the Eureka CPI project. In recent years the team leader is funded through the Ruprecht Research Assistantship.

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