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Economics Department

Economics shapes a wide variety of policies that end up influencing our lives more than we can imagine.

Building on the present and past research, economics influences the design and implementation of monetary and fiscal policies, and social safety-net programs such as Unemployment Insurance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Economics research also sheds light on the benefits and costs of market power and the role or regulation.

In addition, current and past work in the field allows us to understand the link between consumption, poverty and welfare as well as the importance of institutions, contracts, the rule of law, and private property rights in promoting growth and development. Economics also provides answers to questions regarding international trade and capital patterns as well as the locational choice of multinational enterprises.

Our program

The Economics Department at SUNY Oswego has established a national and an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. The department is small enough such that students and faculty easily interact with each other. This, however, does not preclude the department from offering courses across a wide array of fields such as American Economic History, Baseball Economics, Economic Development, Environmental Economics, Health Economics, Industrial Organization, International Trade, International Finance, Labor Economics, and Monetary Economics. In collaboration with the mathematics department, we also offer a major in Mathematical Economics.

We take pride in motivating, challenging, and preparing our students for employment within the banking and finance, insurance, healthcare, and human resource management sectors, federal, state, and local government branches, or private research and consulting firms, or further study opportunities as graduate students.

What skills do students graduate with?

Economic students are trained to think critically, analytically and most importantly, objectively in solving a wide array of complex problems. Courses place emphasis on the development of quantitative and data-analysis skills as well as practical written and verbal communication skills.


The economics program equips students with unique skills used to analyze markets, individual consumer conduct, the behavior of U.S. and foreign firms and economies, as well as the connections between them. These skills are highly valued by firms in the private sector, policy makers in various governmental branches, and researchers in the academic arena because of their direct applicability to the important issues of our time.

According to a report published by Carnevale, Cheah, and Hanson (2015) the median annual wage of those graduating with degrees in economics and business economics is approximately $75,000.



Economics Department
431 Mahar Hall

Phone: 315.312.2175
Email: [email protected]