Department Information

Chair:
Kathleen Burke
Timothy Phillips (Acting)
Old Main, Room 136
Phone: 607-753-4109
Fax: 607-753-5983
Email:
economics.department
@cortland.edu

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Program Details

Business Economics [BUSE] (Major)

The major in business economics leads to the award of the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science. This major in the Economics Department is unique among SUNY institutions in its emphasis on the development of both technical and analytical skills in a strong liberal arts context.

Students may focus on one of the four concentrations described below or may choose a different combination of electives which will provide them with a broad perspective of important issues.

Career Potential

  • Economic consultant
  • Management
  • Entrepreneur
  • Policy analyst

A. Required Core in Economics: 21 credit hours

Note: A minimum grade of C in the foundational classes (ECO 105, ECO 110 and ECO 111) is required for all economics and business economics majors before taking upper-level courses that require any of these foundational classes as prerequisites.

  • ECO 105 - Political Economy and Social Thought (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 110 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 111 - Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 221 - Economic Statistics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 301 - Economics of the Firm (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 352 - Finance (3 cr. hr.)
Select:
  • ECO 222 - Mathematical Economics (3 cr. hr.) or
    Calculus sequence:
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.) and
  • MAT 122 - Calculus B (3 cr. hr.)
B. Required Core in Management: 18 credit hours
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 250 - Principles of Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 254 - Principles of Accounting I (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 423 - Computer Applications in Economics and Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 454 - Strategic Management (3 cr. hr.)
Select one of the following:
  • MGT 385 - Human Resource Management (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MGT 253 - Principles of Marketing (3 cr. hr.)
C. Elective Courses: 12 credit hours

Select 12 credit hours from among the following three broad perspective categories as described below:

Three credit hours in Alternate Economic Theory selected from the following courses:
  • ECO 303 - History of Economic Thought (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 304 - Comparative Economic Systems (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 305 - Political Economy of Globalization (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 306 - Comparative Approaches in Political Economy (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 307 - Marxian Economics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 311 - Economic Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 325 - Political Economy of Women (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 326 - Political Economy of Race and Class (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 335 - Resource and Environmental Economics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 383 - Labor Economics (3 cr. hr.)
Three credit hours in International Economics selected from the following courses:
  • ECO 304 - Comparative Economic Systems (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 305 - Political Economy of Globalization (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 311 - Economic Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 312 - Economic Development of Latin America (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 313 - Economic Development of Asia (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 441 - International Trade (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 443 - International Finance (3 cr. hr.)
Three credit hours in Applied and Policy Perspectives selected from the following courses:
  • ECO 300 - Macroeconomic Theory (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 325 - Political Economy of Women (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 326 - Political Economy of Race and Class (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 335 - Resource and Environmental Economics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 340 - Government and Business: Regulation and Public Policy (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 366 - The Economics of Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 383 - Labor Economics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 393 - Urban Economics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 401 - Co-op Education/Internship in Economics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 421 - Econometrics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 431 - Money and Banking (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 432 - Fiscal Economics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 441 - International Trade (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 443 - International Finance (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 452 - Advanced Finance (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 455 - Asset Markets (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 482 - Labor Market Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 494 - Regional Economics (3 cr. hr.)
Three additional credit hours in any one of the above categories
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120

Example of the bachelor's degree in Business Economics over four years

This is just a model and does not reflect the expectations for all of our programs.

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign language
  • GE course
  • Elective
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 105 - Political Economy and Social Thought (3 cr. hr.) (GE)
Spring Total credit hours:15-16
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Elective
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 110 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • ECO 111 - Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 250 - Principles of Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 254 - Principles of Accounting I (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • Elective
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 222 - Mathematical Economics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 352 - Finance (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • Elective or minor
  • ECO 221 - Economic Statistics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 301 - Economics of the Firm (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 253 - Principles of Marketing (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • ECO elective
  • Elective
  • Elective or minor
  • MGT 423 - Computer Applications in Economics and Management (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • ECO elective
  • ECO elective
  • Elective or minor
  • Elective or minor
  • Elective
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Internship or ECO elective
  • Elective/minor
  • Elective/minor
  • Elective
  • MGT 454 - Strategic Management (3 cr. hr.) (WRIT)