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Beacom Hall, Room 124
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
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Welcome to the Division of Economics and Decision Sciences

Perhaps the most important resource we have today is data. Data helps us make sense of the world around us and make decisions that impact the future. At the USD Beacom School of Business, our professors understand the importance of data and are experts at explaining its uses in the business world. As a student in the Division of Economics and Decision Sciences, you'll graduate having had hands-on experience in collecting, interpreting and applying data to real-world problems. You'll be ready for a career in a variety of fields, including accounting, the insurance industry, supply-chain management and more.

Join our community of data scientists, future planners and problem solvers in the USD Division of Economics and Decision Sciences.

 

Programs

Meet the Division

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Division of Economics and Decision Sciences. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in data analysis across areas like health care, finance and more.
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Mike Allgrunn

Professor
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Chad Birger

Instructor
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Kathryn Birkeland

Assoc Dean, School of Business
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Bart Hanus

Assistant Prof. Decision Scien
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Tom Martin

Instructor Op Mgmnt
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Reed Muehler

Visiting Instructor
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Thomas Tiahrt

Interim Chair
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Dan Tracy

Professor
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Sebastian Wai

Assistant Professor
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Mandie Weinandt

Director of CTL

Known for Excellence

At USD, you'll find a high quality educational experience strengthened by our faculty's research and creative scholarship. See what makes our division exceptional.

DEPARTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to economics and decision sciences students.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in the Division of Economics and Decision Sciences.
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Accounting & Finance

Accounting and finance are among the most needed skill sets in the business world. The Division of Accounting and Finance prepares students through hands-on-experience in and out of the classroom so they can lead successful financial careers in any field.

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Entrepreneurship, Management & Marketing

As the business world continues to grow and diversify, our students graduate with both a firm knowledge of business essentials and the experience they'll need to apply that knowledge to an exciting, ever-changing field.

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Economics & Decision Sciences

Analyzing and applying data is both one of the greatest opportunities and challenges modern business professionals face, and USD's Division of Economics and Decision is there to help you embrace that challenge head on.

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SDCEE

South Dakota Council on Economic Education (SDCEE) improves the quality and quantity of statewide economic and financial literacy education.

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Health Services Management

Learn to apply business principles to the rapidly growing health care field with the Division of Health Services Management in the Beacom School of Business. Equipped with real-world research projects, internships with industry-changing companies and student leadership opportunities, you'll graduate prepared to lead the charge into the future of health care.

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Engaging the Business Community

Every undergraduate program at the Beacom School of Business welcomes an advisory council of leaders in their respective industries. The council advises faculty and students on industry trends, consults on curriculum changes and connects students to through student organization engagement and career opportunities.  

student success story

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I really like how approachable the Economics and Operational Analytics faculty is and how they are willing to help me out with my concerns. The career planing facility offered by Beacom assisted me with updating and revising my resume. They even prepared me for job interviews that helped me get an internship with Amazon.

Pooja Modawel

B.B.A. Economics, Operational Analytics '22
New Delhi, India

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