Why study Economics at Le Moyne?

 

Why are some countries rich and others poor? How do political movements from across the world affect the price of your daily coffee? Why do businesses, governments, and people make the decisions that they do? Who gets what? And why do some people get more than others?

Economics - the study of people, how they use resources, and how their decisions shape our society - analyzes these questions daily. As an economics major, you’ll develop a comprehensive perspective of the world, from the most basic exchanges of goods and services to the more global and increasingly complex systems that drive economies today. You’ll hone your analytical and critical thinking skills, communicate effectively, and explore the growing research and theory behind current economic policies. Whether you are thinking about a career in business, finance, law, public policy, or one of the many other paths economics majors take, your study of people and how they make decisions will challenge you to reconsider the way the world works and your role in it. 

Program Highlights

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You’ll develop the conceptual frameworks and analytical skills necessary to critically evaluate economic outcomes, issues and policies. Our program reflects the liberal arts tradition of economics, including the study of a foreign language, as well as a business economics orientation that emphasizes the development of quantitative skills.

The departmental honors program provides an opportunity for eligible economics majors to conduct a high-quality independent research project during their senior year under the direction of a faculty member. In 2018, departmental honors theses in Economics were Hallam Doney's “What Influences College Student Success?” and  Rithika Vajjravelu's “The Battle for Brains”.


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Careers

The economics major prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, including economics, business, law, education and government. 

  • Academia: university and college teaching and research
  • Private sector / for-profit: health industry, finance, consulting, market research, risk analysis, analytics and strategy, and social enterprise
  • Public sector: local, state and federal governments and agencies (e.g., HUD, EPA, BLS, CBO, FTC, the Federal Reserve)
  • International organizations (e.g., International Monetary Fund, World Bank, United Nations)
  • Research and think tanks (e.g., Brookings Institution, J-PAL, Urban Institute)
  • Non-profit sector (e.g., Teach for America, Environmental Defense Fund, ideas42)
  • Other common economics careers and roles: auditor, stockbroker, business manager, retail merchandizer, pricing analyst, statistician, financial consultant, salesperson
  • Broader options: business intelligence, international development, human resource management, IT, journalism, law, management, market research, politics, public relations, social research, taxation
  • Entrepreneur: start your own business!

Degrees

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Majors 

Economics (B.S.)
Economics (B.A.)

Distinctive Courses: Economics of Sports; Strategic Competition in Market Economies; Economics of Crime & Punishment

Minors

Economics

Learn more in our Academic Catalog


Get in Touch

Contact the Department Chair:

Dr. Paul Blackley


PHONE:

(315) 445-4439


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Contact the Department:

Reilly Hall 334
Department of Economics
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


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(315) 445-4100


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