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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.

    Setting the Stage for Scholarship

    Lucas Greer, '16

    A veteran of multiple theatrical productions, Lucas Greer ’16 is used to the spotlight. It was his research that took center stage at Le Moyne’s Scholars Day, though. An economics major, Greer studied how earning potential impacts people’s perceptions of various academic disciplines. Greer's work, which was supported by a grant from the Student Research Committee, added to the body of knowledge in this critical field – and pulled the curtain back to reveal how that knowledge is acquired.

    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

    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

    View Story
    Jennifer Rayner

    Jennifer Raynor

    Economics / 2005

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

    View Story
    Jamie Garzia

    Jamie Garzia

    Economics / 1995

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

    View Story

    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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