From the Dean

Wade Thomas

Providing excellent education in the fields of economics and business is our priority. Our programs emphasize student success, heightened understanding, ethical judgment, sound business decision making and intelligent public policy choices.

The School of Economics and Business is accredited by AACSB International--The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Of some 16,000 business schools in the world, just five percent have achieved this prestigious level of business accreditation. Economics and Business has almost 50 years of experience in preparing students for careers and entry into graduate or professional schools. Students can choose from three undergraduate majors: Professional Accounting, Business Economics, and Economics. Business program graduates are among the most demanded by employers according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Instruction takes place in moderate-sized classes for beginning courses and small upper-division classes in technologically advanced classrooms. Most faculty members are full time and possess terminal degrees in their fields of teaching. They bring to the classroom an extensive collection of industry, government, consulting, and international experience.  The programs are a distinctive infusion of economics, management information systems, production management and operations research, and business and professional ethics.

Many sources of exciting co-curricular experiences exist through clubs organized around accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, management and marketing.  Students are exposed to practical experiences and participation in various team projects.  Applied learning experiences include the opportunities to participate in the School's internship program, a student-managed investment portfolio, and the Fed Challenge team in the Second Federal Reserve District. The School of Economics and Business has also earned the Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner designation with students achieving a level of of Bloomberg Market Concepts certifications that is among the highest globally.

Academic achievement is recognized and rewarded. The School of Economics and Business is home to a chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society Recognizing Business Excellence, and the Alpha-Lambda Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon—the international honor society in economics. The Beta Gamma Sigma chapter has achieved "Highest Honors" status for several consecutive years. Outstanding graduates are recognized with College and Divisional Honors. A growing number of scholarship awards are made each year from endowed scholarship funds targeted at top students from Economics and Business who demonstrate academic excellence. First-year students and transfer students with excellent academic records are eligible for one of many scholarships for academic merit awarded by the college.

Quality is here. I invite you to thoroughly explore the website and contact us if you want more information or have questions.

Wade L. Thomas, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor 
School of Economics and Business
226 Netzer Administration Building
SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820
Office: (607) 436-3458
Fax: (607) 436-2543


The School of Economics and Business enables undergraduate students to exercise their intellectual capacity, acquire disciplinary knowledge and analytical skills, value diversity in people and ideas, and develop ethical decision making abilities.

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The School of Economics and Business has addressed diversity and cross-cultural topics throughout the curriculum for many years.

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