Economics

Overview

A background in Economics is essential to understanding how the world works. As the social science that deals with markets, money and the creation of income and wealth, economics has much insight to lend regarding business, the economy, household consumption and investment. Economics is a rewarding major on many levels: it is interesting and challenging, highly demanded by employers and highly respected by graduate schools, law schools and business schools. Our Economics department offers a wide variety of exciting and unique courses, taught by faculty dedicated to teaching and active in research, as well as quality advisement.

Majors and Programs

The Economics major requires 36 to 37 credits, including two math cognates. A total of ten economics courses are required: principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics and microeconomics, a capstone course and five upper-level electives. The department also offers an Applied Mathematical Economics major in conjunction with the Mathematics department. An International Trade Concentration is available to majors in economics or foreign languages. The department cosponsors a program leading to a degree in American Studies. The department also runs an Economics Honors Program that includes a course in econometrics and an advanced independent study.

The Economics minor requires 18 credits, including principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, along with four upper-level electives.

Student Opportunities

Students can choose from a wide variety of economics courses, including relatively unique offerings such as forensic economics, the economics of gender and baseball economics. The department is committed to offering courses at convenient, non-overlapping times, including online sections. Economics majors receive a great deal of time and attention from their faculty advisors. Majors in the senior capstone seminar conduct and present their own research.

Economics students at Oswego have held various internships, including at major banks and investment institutions.  Students have worked as teaching assistants and peer tutors. Other students have participated in national and regional competitions such as SIFE and the College Fed Challenge.

Faculty

The economics department at SUNY Oswego consists of eight full-time and two emeritus faculty members. Each has a Ph.D. in economics. All are highly committed to teaching; one faculty member recently received the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.  The faculty’s strong commitment to research is reflected in their extensive publication record.

Adjunct and Visiting Faculty:

  • Peter Howe
  • Mark Karper

Department Secretary:

  • Patti Tifft

Emeritus Faculty:

After Oswego

The average starting salary for new college graduates is higher for economics majors than for all other majors except engineering and computer science. Economics majors from SUNY Oswego have gone on to successful careers in a variety of areas, including business, finance, law, banking, international trade and diplomacy, government research, private consulting and teaching at all levels. 

Recent graduates have worked for such firms and agencies as AT&T, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Prudential, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Federal Reserve System. Many others go on to graduate or professional school. Some graduates completed Ph.Ds in economics and are now teaching at such institutions as the University of Rochester, SUNY Buffalo and the University of Richmond.