Student Research

Through the generous contributions of supporters, foundations and alumni the Department of Economics is able to offer two research paper competitions: Annual Best Paper Competition and Semiannual Best Paper Proposal Competitions.

Open Group Academic Program

The Open Group Academic Program is a pilot program at San Jose State’s Economics Department to help promote and encourage students to become certified in and use Open Group and Open FAIR standards to help emerging practitioners develop qualifications before they graduate. The Program also seeks to provide students with valuable work experience.


Through the generous contributions of supporters, foundations and alumni the Department of Economics offers two scholarships: Spartonomics and Austrian Economics Scholarships to economics students. In addition, find information for more funding opportunites offered through the College of Social Sciences on our scholarships page.

Student Travel

The Economics Department is dedicated to providing support to students seeking to expand their academic experience by attending professional and academic conferences in related fields. Find out how to secure funding for your for your travel.

Honors and Awards

Students can apply for the Economics Departmental Honors program, if awarded they will be honored at the Department Awards Ceremony. The Department has three perpetual award plaques to recognize outstanding students and alumni. Faculty members nominate and select the award recipients: James F. Willis Award for Excellence in Economics, Rodolfo Gonzalez Award for Outstanding Alumni, and the David S. Saurman Most Valuable Player in the Department. Find out more about our Honors and Awards.

Independent Studies

Students can also complete a supervised independent study (ECON 180 or ECON 298) for course credit. More information

Careers in Economics

Individuals with a Bachelor's degree in Economics can be found in a wide variety of fields and positions. See a list of of careers you might persue.


For more information on internships within the field of Economics, please visit the Internships page. The Department’s Internship Program provides credit for work in an economics-related field.