Economics Department

Hartwick student and faculty member

Economics Department Overview

Hartwick students who choose to major in economics learn the technical skills of the discipline and how to apply these skills to a wide range of contemporary issues. A complement to the Hartwick liberal arts education, the economics major develops in students both analytical expertise and a deep appreciation for the diversity of areas in which economic inquiry is relevant.

Departmental offerings promote collegial working and personal relationships among faculty and students through collaborative research and peer-critical learning. Off-campus study, whether via an internship or study-abroad program, is promoted to help students understand economic issues through firsthand experience.

Students who earn the B.A. in Economics are well-prepared for careers in a variety of fields. Recent graduates have put their knowledge to work for employers such as Goldman Sachs, the Urban Institute, and federal and state government agencies such as the Federal Reserve and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Others have pursued an M.A. or Ph.D. in economics, or advanced study in law, public policy, education, and business administration.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.

Exciting Student Outcomes

The key to economics education is making the connection to the real world. Our faculty involve our students in research, and our students’ own interests and drive help them find rewarding internships. The results are good placements in employment or graduate school after college.


National Development Council
New York, NY
Chris Kenney ‘23
Madison Wayman ’24

Public Consulting Group
Albany, NY
Jack Mahn ’23

PRiME National Science Foundation Program
Pomona, CA
Joelle Ocheltree ’24

Graduate School

Department of Economics
Syracuse University
Neiva Fortes ’22

Department of Economics
Binghamton University (SUNY)
Christo Tarazi ’14

Department of Economics
University of California at Irvine
Kelsey Heider ’09


Surety Product Line Underwriter – Surety Underwriting Development Program
Liberty Mutual (Philadelphia)
Matthew Morrish ’18

Commercial Project Manager – Small Projects
Siemens (Raleigh-Durham)
Robert Shepard ’18

Reinhardt LLP (New York City)
Julia Jonaitis ’16

Partnership Development Manager for New Markets
Gear Launch (San Francisco)
Sawyer MacDonald ’15

Senior Research and Business Intelligence Analyst
University of California Los Angeles
Kelsey Heider ’09

Ready to be an economics major or minor?

Here’s what it takes.

Review all the requirements in the College Catalog.

Economics Courses

The economics faculty at Hartwick are deeply vested in partnering with our students to apply economics to problems of contemporary relevance through innovative teaching, shared research and community engagement projects.

Review the current course offerings in the College Catalog.

Special Opportunities

Hartwick economics students complete a range of rewarding internships and off-campus courses. The department maintains a strong alumni network so students benefit from connecting with our graduates.

More About Special Opportunities

Economics Faculty

Karl Seeley

Professor of Economics and Department Chair
607 431-4628

Carlena Cochi Ficano

Professor of Economics

Kristin Jones

Professor of Economics & Honors Program Co-Director
607 431-4941

Lawrence Ogbeifun

Assistant Professor of Economics

Still have questions?

Contact Dr. Karl Seeley, Professor & Department Chair