Economics of Sustainable Development and Management

economics of sustainable development and management



This major is part of the Business Exploration Group and Social & Behavioral Sciences Exploration Group

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Business Management and Marketing Minor

Environmental Economics and Policy Minor

Development Economics and Policy Minor

Equine Business Management Minor

The Economics of Sustainable Development and Management major applies economic and business analytic methods to address problems pertaining to markets, marketing, financial management, business development, regional and community sustainable development, production and distribution in the food industries, public health, nutrition, poverty, economics of public policy to promote equity. The curriculum promotes critical thinking, communication, and hands-on practice with an extraordinary suite of technical and analytical tools.

Examples of questions answered through the ESDM curriculum: How does one develop and use a business plan? How does one create and use a marketing strategy? What is the best way to market locally grown foods? How do farmers’ markets benefit local economies? What is the economic value of national parks? What is the economic value of herd immunity from vaccines? How do poverty, affluence and population changes affect the environment? What can you do in your career to promote sustainable economic development? How does agriculture benefit non-farmers in the rural/urban interface? How does water quality connect the economies of different regions? How do incentives rule the world?

ESDM Program highlights:

-The Department and faculty have a long-standing academic tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and public service, courses are taught by faculty with Ph.Ds.

-Economic theory, methods, and techniques equivalent to an economics degree taught through methods that incorporate real-world examples pertaining to problems in natural resources, the environment, and policy. Economic concepts are learned through highly relevant applications aligned with career interests, and applicable to any other interests.

-The ARE Department has dedicated Scholarships to award each semester to our majors based on academic performance, leadership skills, and financial need.

-Individual attention through small-class settings and personalized advising.

-Many varied opportunities for research experience and internship supervisionstudents benefit from high level of faculty research activity and public engagement.

-Rewarding career opportunities and high starting salaries.

-Optional 4 + 1 fast track to an MS degree in Applied Economics.

-Internships for experience, including with the ARE Department’s Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy.

-Motivated, high achieving undergraduates are employed as research assistants with Department faculty on their research grants.


Students can choose to concentrate in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Business Management and Marketing
  • Development Economics and Policy

Learn more about these concentrations here.


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Major Requirements Overview



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ARE 1110E - Population, Food, and the Environment  (Gen Ed: CA 2, Environmental Literacy)

ARE 1150 - Principles of Applied and Resource Economics (Major Requirement) (Gen Ed: CA 2)

ARE 2260 – Food Policy

ARE 2434E – Environmental and Resource Policy



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