Message from the chair

Welcome to the Department of Economics at the University of Kansas, home of the Oswald Program in Economics.  We are excited about our Department, our University and the community of Lawrence.  We hope that this web site shows you why we are so excited and answers your questions.

To meet our new faculty and to read about the upcoming departmental events, please go to the News and Events Page. Information about faculty members and graduate students is on the People Page.  Prospective students please visit the Undergraduate Page or the Graduate Page as is appropriate. 

Our programs emphasize faculty interaction with students at all levels. Typically about 200 students pursue undergraduate economics degrees in the Oswald Program.  We are committed to limiting enrollment in all classes beyond the introductory level to 30 or fewer students. There are about 25 students in the M.A. program and 40 students in the Ph.D program. Graduate courses almost always have fewer than 20 students and often fewer than 10.

We are proud of the wonderful diversity of our department. Faculty and graduate students come from approximately 30 different countries, representing every continent. They are brought together in our community by their academic curiosity and their love of economics.

The University of Kansas and the community of Lawrence provide an exceptional setting for our Department. Check out the link to the KU Homepage from our website. Lawrence is a lovely and vibrant college town on the Kansas River and our beautiful campus sits on a hill in the middle of town, surrounded by cultural attractions. 

We are anxious for you to learn more about our Department, about our University, and the City of Lawrence. If you have questions or if I can be of further service, please send me an e-mail at

Joe Sicilian

Visiting our Department

Visitors are always welcome to the Department of Economics, at the University of Kansas.

We are happy to arrange a tour of Snow Hall, new home of the department, and answer any questions you might have about our programs.

Telephone: 785-864 3501

Department of Economics
415 Snow Hall
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

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News / Events
Junior architecture student Zach Zielke steps along the tessellated tiles winding through the gallery of the Art & Design building. After completing the pathway as a class project, his roommate, junior Anthony Schmiedeler, snapped a photo to show off Zielke’s work. Zielke says the installation was an intervention — to encourage students and visitors to pause and consider the displays of artwork instead of using the gallery as a shortcut through the building. “The gallery allows the creativity and hard work of KU art students to be seen and appreciated,” Schmiedeler says. “By exploring different campus buildings, students can garner an appreciation for the great diversity of the university.” As you continue to explore KU, make sure to stop by the gallery to see the new tiles and the gallery artwork! KU School Of The Arts KU Design Department KU Architecture

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