Business Economics

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Offered since 1971, SUNY Oneonta’s business economics major provides a solid foundation for successful careers in business and other organizations. Building upon a strong liberal arts, sciences and economics base, the major emphasizes the management of organizations, supported by knowledge of the general business disciplines of accounting, finance, law and marketing.

Business economics majors have the option of advancing their knowledge of a functional field of business beyond the business core curriculum by pursuing concentrations in finance, international business, marketing and non-CPA accounting. Students are also provided with opportunities to develop and demonstrate business-related skills through internship experiences, professionally relevant extracurricular activities, and study abroad programs.

The major is open to all entering undergraduates and matriculated undergraduates who have a 2.0 grade point average and grades of "C" or better in courses required for the major, and who follow the prescribed course sequences. An SAT score (math+verbal) of 1100 or higher is recommended. After basic courses in economics and accounting, students progress to fundamental courses in management, marketing, finance and intermediate economics.

Thereafter, students develop additional depth in the business disciplines through required courses and the election of concentrations in specific fields. All majors complete a capstone course in strategic management in residence. All advanced courses and most introductory courses are taught by full-time faculty whose focus is on their functional area of training.


Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting
225 Netzer Administration Building

Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems
324 Netzer Administration Building

Odalis Galeano
Just like our students are passionate about their activities, I’ve realized alumni are passionate about coming back and helping either through scholarship funds or just coming to give a presentation or have lunch with students. I have attended breakfasts and lunches and things like that. I'll remember those experiences forever. For someone like me – I come from a family who didn't go to college so I'm first-generation – having those people talk about their experiences and all that networking that is available to me is beyond anything I could ever imagine, honestly. So I'm very grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had on this campus.
Phil Gajdorus
I took a micro theory class and I started off not doing well; it was a very tough class for me. But I had a great professor, honestly, and I just kept studying and trying to understand the material. As I was understanding it, it became more and more interesting to me. And as I was kind of building on everything it became almost like I was trying to solve a puzzle. By the end of the semester, I was actually able to obtain the highest grade in my class.
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