As an economics student at Hartwick, you will use previous and newly acquired experiences to motivate your learning about topics that affect the world on a daily basis. Sharing perspectives on problems will help to promote diversity in thinking and identify new questions for investigation. Independent and collaborative research on those questions will deepen your understanding and appreciation of the complexity of economic problems, and will lead you to offer possible solutions in the form of public policies. Your new knowledge might be used to debate real world issues withe fellow students in a class or to discuss topics relevant to everyday life over dinner. This unique framework for learning allows you to explore issues of significance and personal concern, and to delve in depth into the aspects of economics that you find most compelling.
The economics faculty at Hartwick reach out to every student in our close-knit learning community. The department suite in Golisano Hall has faculty and student offices, a comfortable lounge, space for seminars, and cups for the first-rate coffee brewed on a daily basis. Faculty are available to students for questions, concerns, or just a friendly chat. The economics faculty, with their national reputations in the field, treat their students first and foremost as colleagues in a quest to better understand how markets work.
Graduates with a B.A. in economics have put their knowledge to work in for-profit (e.g. Lehman Brothers, KPMG LLP) and not-for profit (e.g. the United Nations, the Urban Institute) organizations and state and federal government agencies (e.g. the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) as economic analysts, consultants, securities and commodities traders, international bankers, and lobbyists. Others have pursued a Ph.D. in economics or advanced study in law, public policy, education and business administration.