About the Major
As an Economics major at SUNY Oneonta, you will:
- develop the analytical, written, oral and presentation skills necessary for postgraduate employment, graduate education and civic engagement;
- learn the economic methods used to analyze contemporary issues in international economics, applied microeconomics and applied macroeconomics; and
- apply these skills to an independent research project under the mentorship of a faculty member in your capstone course.
SUNY Oneonta’s Economics major has been offered since 1963. All advanced and most introductory courses are taught by a diverse group of Ph.D.-qualified faculty with regional and national reputations in the economics profession. Our faculty have teaching and research expertise in areas including international trade and development; labor, health, sports and environmental economics; macroeconomics; economic history; and econometrics/data analytics.
We invite you to explore our course offerings. Certain finance courses offered by the Department of Business may also be used in the Economics major. (See the Degree Requirements below.)
Our major prepares students for a wide range of careers and graduate programs. See a list of firms and agencies where some of our recent graduates are working!
Real-World Learning Opportunities
In your capstone senior seminar, you'll conduct an independent research project under the direction of an individual faculty member. All students are provided opportunities to showcase their work outside of the college at events such as the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference and the student paper competition sponsored by the New York State Economics Association.
Economics majors may receive course credit through internships and by participating in the annual Federal Reserve Challenge, an intercollegiate monetary policy competition. Inspired by the policy-making role of the Federal Reserve System’s Federal Open Market Committee, this competition requires that students work as a team to research and analyze current economic data, develop a forecast for the economy and review potential future economic risks. Students prepare a presentation for the competition and answer questions on monetary policy from the judges. SUNY Oneonta teams have reached the semifinals and won honorable mention awards in recent years.
Economics students participate in Backpacks to Briefcases, an annual event in which students travel to New York City to visit with alumni in their places of employment. Additionally, the Economics Club sponsors the Life After Graduation Series, featuring panel sessions with recent graduates. These events provide an opportunity for current students to access our network of successful alumni across a wide range of employment areas .