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Welcome to the Economics Department
Welcome to the Economics Department

Economics is the study of individual and collective decisions that relate to the production, consumption, and exchange of goods and services. The economics curriculum contributes to a well-balanced liberal arts education by providing students with the fundamental economic concepts necessary to better understand the world around them. The economics major prepares students for entry-level careers in a variety of fields, including economics, business, law, education and government. The major is also valuable preparation for students planning to pursue advanced degrees in economics, business, public administration, law or related fields.

Sound interesting? Have a look at Economics for College Students, a website sponsored by the American Economic Association, and watch this video:

A career in's much more than you think from American Economic Association on Vimeo.

Economics Courses and Requirements

We offer both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree. Both major programs develop the conceptual frameworks and analytical skills necessary to critically evaluate economic outcomes, issues and policies. Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree reflect the liberal arts tradition of economics and include the study of a foreign language. Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree reflect a business economics orientation and emphasize the development of quantitative skills.

An economics minor complements many majors, including political science, sociology, criminology, history, biology, mathematics, and any field of business.

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. The project culminates in a written paper and oral presentation that will be evaluated by the economics faculty. Students may also present their projects at the annual Le Moyne College Student Scholars Day.

If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities for the Economics major or Economics minor, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.

The Right Connection

"Looking back on my time at Le Moyne, I think one of the most important aspects of my education was the level of interest the economics department faculty members took in me." - Peter Wagner '13

Learning Goals for Economics Majors
Economics graduates will be able to:
  1. Explain and apply economic concepts and theories in various contexts.
  2. Analyze contemporary and historical issues and policies.
  3. Access and evaluate relevant economic information.
  4. Organize and interpret economic information.
  5. Analyze economic data using appropriate quantitative methods.
  6. Communicate effectively through writing and speaking.

Meet the Faculty

Ted Shepard

Ted Shepard

Department Chair, Professor View Bio
Paul Blackley

Paul R. Blackley

Professor View Bio
Wayne A. Grove

Wayne A. Grove

Professor View Bio

Our Next Social Sciences Seminar

Tuesday, October 25

Dr. Brenda Kirby
Department of Psychology; Le Moyne College
"But There Was No Body! Insights from Doing Jury Deliberation Research”

Reilley Room (Reilly Hall 446), 4:00 pm
Presentation and Q&A: 4-5 pm; time to socialize: 5-5:30 pm
Click here for the full schedule of Fall 2016 Social Science seminars.

Social Sciences Seminars
Presentations by invited guests and Le Moyne faculty and students

Join us to learn about the active social science research programs at Le Moyne and beyond. Speakers include Le Moyne faculty members and students, as well as researchers and professors from other colleges and universities.

Sponsored by the social science departments. For more information, contact Dr. Frank Ridzi.

Seminars are held on Tuesday afternoons in the Reilly Room, Reilly Hall 446, at 4:00pm

Tuesday, September 13

Dr. Matthew Loveland
Department of Political Science; Le Moyne College
"Your Atheist Friend: Secularism and Trust?"

Tuesday, October 4

Dr. Cliff Donn
Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology; Le Moyne College
“The Educational Reform Movement: Why Are Public Schools Failing and Who Is To Blame?”

Tuesday, October 25

Dr. Brenda Kirby
Department of Psychology; Le Moyne College
"But There Was No Body! Insights from Doing Jury Deliberation Research”

Tuesday, November 15

Dr. Hugo Jales
Department of Economics; Syracuse University
"Measuring the Role of the 1959 Revolution on Cuba's Economic Performance"

Get Involved on Campus
Economics Club

The Economics Club sponsors outside speakers, holds social meetings and sponsors an off-campus trip to an area of interest such as a Federal Reserve bank, the New York Stock Exchange, and government and business agencies in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. The Economics Club also acts as an information center for careers in economics, opportunities for graduate study, networking with alumni, and current job openings.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

The Alpha Omega chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics, was chartered in May 1982 and is open to economics majors and minors who have demonstrated academic excellence in economics and throughout their curriculum. Omicron Delta Epsilon recognizes scholastic attainment in economics and outstanding achievements economists at all levels, promotes closer interaction between students and faculty in economics within each college or university and among campuses, and emphasizes the professional aspects of economics as a career choice for service in academia, business, government and international organizations.

Pi Gamma Mu

Le Moyne has a chapter of the national social science honor society, Pi Gamma Mu. The purpose of Pi Gamma Mu is to improve scholarship in the social sciences, to inspire social service to humanity, to engender sympathy toward others with different opinions and institutions by a better mutual understanding, and to supplement and support existing social science organizations by promoting sociability and attendance at meetings.

Investment Club

The Investment Club exists to enhance the overall financial knowledge of its members. Using various media sources, members will facilitate sound investments to help develop skills that can serve as a foundation in the financial world.

Meet Economics Alumni


Ryan Barrett

Economics / 2005

"The education I received helped me to understand the impact I can make professionally and in the surrounding

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Jennifer Rayner

Jennifer Raynor

Economics / 2005

"The Economics Program at Le Moyne College helped prepare me for my post-collegiate career."

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Jamie Garzia

Jamie Garzia

Economics / 1995

I was hooked on studying economics after completing my freshman year.

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Get in Touch

Contact the Department Chair:

Dr. Edward Shepard


(315) 445-4262


Contact the Department:

Reilly Hall 335
Department of Economics
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4100


Economics Club member discuss with Robert Frank his book "Success and Luck"

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