The Economics Department offers both an economics major and a business economics major. Students may select courses from a wide variety of areas, including international trade and finance, economic development, fiscal economics, money and banking, labor economics, the political economy of women, environmental economics and sports economics.
The department offers two different concentrations that lead to the B.A. in economics: one leads to a traditional economics degree, the other emphasizes international political economy and public policy. Moreover, courses in the economics major may be combined with a professional sequence leading to qualification for provisional certification as a teacher of secondary social studies.
The major in business economics allows students with career goals in various management-related fields to acquire the skills necessary for such careers. The major leads to the award of the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree.
Business Economics [BUSE]
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.
- Economic consultant
- Policy analyst
Business Economics: Concentration in Environmental Management [BUSE/ENMG]
The concentration in environmental management provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the various environmental issues that confront society. For more information about this program, contact the Economics Department.
- Cost benefit analyst
- EPA economist
- Environmental consultant
- Waste manager
Business Economics: Concentration in Financial Management [BUSE/FMGT ]
The financial management concentration allows interested students to pursue courses that will allow them to function well in any area of finance. Proper financial management is an essential function of organizations and an important skill for individuals as well. For more information about this program, contact the Economics Department.
- Mortgage analyst
- Financial planner
- Stock broker
Business Economics: Concentration in Human Resource Management [BUSE/HRM]
The increased realization of the importance and diversity of the employees of an organization is captured in the concentration in human resource management. For more information about this program, contact the Economics Department.
- Affirmative action officer
- Compensation analyst
- Benefits administrator
- Human resource manager
Business Economics: Concentration in International Business and Economics [BUSE/IBE]
The concentration in international business and economics addresses the complexity of the economy through a variety of international course offerings, including course work in economic development, international trade and finance, and comparative analysis of different economies. For more information about this program, contact the Economics Department.
- Exchange rate risk manager
- Import/export manager
- Foreign exchange trader
- International law and business
Dual Major in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Economics (7-12) [SST and ECO]
This program in the Economics Department allows students who major in economics to qualify for certification to teach adolescence education in social studies (grades 7-12). It combines a major in economics with additional course work and professional teacher preparation.
- High school teacher
- Teaching adolescence social studies
- Financial analyst
- Professional schools such as law or social work
- Government and non-profit agencies and organizations
The economics major emphasizes critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills, in addition to providing technical training in the economics discipline. Students are encouraged to apply analytical techniques to real world problems that are developed in elective courses within the major.
- Financial Analyst
Economics Minor [ECO]
Program Details for Economics Minor [ECO]
Kathleen Burke, chair
Old Main, Room 136
Economics: Concentration in International Political Economy and Public Policy [ECO/IPEP]
This concentration in the Economics Department is designed to give students a solid grounding in the analysis of the contemporary international economy and the key issues that face policymakers on the local, state, national and international levels.
- City planner
- Country analyst, import/export bank
- Labor activist
- Nonprofit project manager