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The Department of Economics offers undergraduate academic programs in Economics (with an optional Business specialization), Agricultural Business, Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Entrepreneurial Studies. The collection consists of reports by faculty and graduate assistants for the Economics Department, the Agricultural Experiment Station, and for the Cooperative Extension Service. Also included are general office records produced by the Economics Department.

Historical Note

Work in general economics dates back to the beginning of instructional work at South Dakota State College, when it was taught under the name of political economy. Later, it was taught with history and philosophy, but finally achieved full independence when, in 1921, the Department of Farm Economics was created as a separate department. Development in this department consisted mainly of teaching, research and extension. Over the years, the Economics Department has established itself as a pioneer in the scientific study of the economic problems of South Dakota.

According to the 1996-1998 Undergraduate Bulletin, the Economics Department trains students to apply economic concepts and techniques for decision-making in fields such as agricultural business, agricultural economics, economics and business. The objectives of the curricula taught in the department are to present the general economic principles necessary to understand the complexities of the economic business world and provide a foundation for graduate work in economics, agricultural economics, business administration, management, finance, law and other related areas of study.

The Economics Department offers majors leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in either agricultural business or agricultural economics from the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. The department also offers a major in economics leading to a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Arts and Science. Within the economics major, a student can choose an option in business economics. Minors are also available through the department in accounting, agricultural business, agricultural marketing and economics. The programs provide students with a background to pursue careers in farm and ranch management, agricultural finance, agribusiness, banking, business finance, business management, sales and marketing, government service and related fields.

Content Notes

Series 1. General office records.

This series is composed of publications produced by the Economics Department. Material included newsletters, programs, pamphlets, info sheets, reports, and posters.

Series 2. Agricultural Experiment Station.

This series is composed of publications by the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Economics Department. Topics include ranch management, irrigation, crop budgets, land value rates, sustainable agriculture.

Series 3. Cooperative Extension Service.

This series is composed of publications by the Cooperative Extension Service and the Economics Department. Topics include living and working in rural areas, property taxes, farm machinery financing and rural economic development.

Series 4. Economics pamphlets.

This series is composed of pamphlets published by the Economics Department. Topics include farm profitability, farm machinery, rural water systems, and land values.

Series 5. General reports.

This series is composed of general publications and pamphlets published by the Economics Department. Topics include budgets, rural and community development, irrigation development, swine and grain marketing, and the purchase and use of rural land in South Dakota. Also includes infrastructure-related issues, such as branch line economics, use of aqueducts, and groundwater management.

Series 6. Research reports.

This series is consists of faculty research papers published by the Economics Department. Topics include whole-farm economics, farm real estate, rural roads, food policy, crop and livestock budgets, water use, and women in agriculture.

Series 7. Staff papers.

This series is consists of staff papers published by the Economics Department. Topics include agricultural diversification, environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture, slaughter cattle economics, land value rates and wages, and voluntary price reports.

SDSU Archives and Special Collections

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South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


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