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    Welcome to Economics!

    The Economics Department prepares students for success in graduate education or careers in business, public policy, and the non-profit sector through a curriculum that integrates theory and analysis, develops communication and research skills, and examines issues and policies central to the economics discipline and to the contemporary world.

    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 the American Economic Association on Vimeo.

    Lucas Greer, '16

    Setting the Stage for Scholarship

    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.

    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.

    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. Identify, access and evaluate relevant economic information and data.
    4. Organize and interpret economic information and data.
    5. Analyze economic data using appropriate quantitative methods.
    6. Communicate effectively through writing and speaking.

    Jennifer Raynor '05

    Jennifer Raynor

    When I started at Le Moyne in 2001, I explored a number of very different majors – physics, math, business, ecology, and French, just to name a few. There were many subjects I enjoyed learning, but I had no real sense of how my interests would translate into a job. I have always been a “jack of all trades” type of person, so I quickly decided that my chosen major needed to have a broad application to a variety of disciplines. I spent a lot of time feeling uncertain about the best path, until I took a game-changer class in principles of microeconomics. This class had all of the right ingredients: conceptual theory, quantitative analysis, and seemingly limitless application…and a great teacher to guide me through it all. About two weeks into the course, I changed my major to economics and never looked back.

    Read more about Jennifer here.

    Career Preparation

    "Technical abilities are obviously important, but good communication and soft skills are also critical." - Kerrigan Coyle '15

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    Meet the Faculty

    Paul R. Blackley

    Paul R. Blackley

    Department Chair, Professor View Bio
    Edward M. Shepard

    Ted Shepard

    Professor View Bio
    Wayne A. Grove

    Wayne A. Grove

    Professor View Bio

    Our Next Social Sciences Seminar

    Tuesday, October 24

    Valuing Recreational Services, Like Hunting, Fishing and Camping, Using the Travel Cost Method
    Mariela Cavo, Ph.D.
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, Le Moyne College

    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 2017 Social Sciences 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. Wayne Grove.

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

    Tuesday, September 19

    My Heart is Too Steep: Emotional Moderation and the “Level” Self Among the Akha of Thailand and Burma
    Dr. Deborah Tooker
    Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology, Le Moyne College

    Tuesday, October 3

    Not Your Average Master’s Thesis: Connecting Research to Practice
    Brianna Vespone ’13 M.S., N.C.C.
    Career Advisor, University of Rochester

    Tuesday, October 24

    Valuing Recreational Services, Like Hunting, Fishing and Camping, Using the Travel Cost Method
    Mariela Cavo, Ph.D.
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, Le Moyne College

    Tuesday, November 14

    Right to Sell in the City: Politics of Informal Retail in the Neoliberal Era
    Anirban Acharya, M.A., M.Phil.
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Le Moyne College

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Get in Touch

    Contact the Department Chair:

    Dr. Paul R. Blackley


    (315) 445-4439


    Contact the Department:

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


    (315) 445-4100


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