The average starting salary for economics majors is among the highest of all new college graduates. Gain a firm grounding in modern economic theory, a basic descriptive knowledge of the U.S. and world economy and the capability for quantitative research and critical thought.

Requirements allow substantial freedom for students both in designing individual programs within economics and in balancing the programs with subjects in other disciplines. Choose from a wide variety of economics courses, including relatively unique offerings such as American economic history, the economics of gender and baseball economics. Excel and you may qualify for our honors program, which includes a course in econometrics and an advanced independent study.

Launch your career


Take advantage of internships: Oswego students have interned at major banks and investment institutions, and worked as teaching assistants and peer tutors. Participate in national and regional competitions such as the College Fed Challenge, which encourages students to learn more about the U.S. macro economy and the Federal Reserve System. Our Enactus student organization designs educational projects to help developing countries better understand free-enterprise principles. Conduct and present your own research in the senior capstone seminar.


Opportunities include

  • Business
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Government
  • Consulting
  • International trade and diplomacy

Graduate studies may include

  • Economics
  • Industrial relations
  • Business administration
  • Law

“The faculty here has impacted me greatly in my college career. One beneficial option students have is our professor's office hours, and they have been the reason for an increase by a whole letter grade in a class for me. Also, faculty have been references for me with jobs all across campus.”

— Kelsey Thomas ’16