Economics Major & Minor

Economics Clas

Where degrees in economics can take you.

Hartwick economics students get prepared for advanced study in the discipline or a range of career options through its deliberate focus on economic policy. You’ll build a solid foundation in economic principles and theory, and learn to think analytically. Each course in the department works to refine students’ analytical reasoning skills.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Actuaries
  • Budget Analysts
  • Compensation & Benefits Managers
  • Financial analysts
  • Lawyers
  • Management Analysts
  • Market Research Analysts


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of financial analysts is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. A growing range of financial products and the need for in-depth knowledge of geographic regions are expected to lead to strong employment growth. (U.S. BLS)

Putting economics to work.

Recent economics graduates are bankers, policy analysts, consultants, financial analysts, teachers, and entrepreneurs. They study at some of the world’s finest graduate schools.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Moody’s
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • The Urban Institute
  • The United Nations
  • The Chicago Bears

Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • The London School of Economics
  • Boston University
  • Boston College
  • New York University
  • Cornell University

Beyond the basic.

Students have completed internships at Coldwell Banker, the Otsego County Treasurer’s Office, Foton Motor Group, City of Binghamton Economic Development Office, and A.O. Fox Hospital. Omicron Delta Epsilon, Hartwick’s Economics Honor Society, inducts students who have achieved academic success in the major.

A closer look.

Hartwick encourages off-campus study in economics, whether at St. Andrews in Scotland or researching small-island sustainability in Barbados. Internships with firms like Merrill Lynch and government agencies like the Bureau of Labor Statistics provide practical, hands-on experience and often lead to employment after graduation.

Hartwick economics majors learn the technical skills of the discipline and how to apply these skills to a wide range of contemporary issues. You’ll develop analytical expertise and a deep appreciation for the diversity of areas in which economic inquiry is relevant.


Meet the economics faculty.

Hartwick’s economics faculty are experts in the field. They’re scholars. And they’re focused on the future. That’s because they work closely with students who will make a difference in the world of tomorrow. Hartwick students.

Carlena Cochi Ficano
Professor of Economics and Business Administration and Accounting
Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of expertise:
labor economics, applied econometrics, social policy on low income family well-being, the economics of higher education and, most recently, local economic development.
Kristin Jones
Associate Professor of Economics
Ph.D., University of Connecticut at Storrs
Areas of expertise:
Industrial organization, public economics, mathematical economics, environmental economics, law and economics, education policy.
Laurence Malone
Professor of Economics and Department Chair
Ph.D., The New School for Social Research
Areas of expertise:
introductory economics, macroeconomic policy, international economics, classical economic thought, American economic history, and off campus programs in Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and China.
Karl Seeley
Associate Professor of Economics and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Washington
Areas of expertise:
ecological macroeconomics, environmental economics and economic development, small-scale, sustainable farming and local food-supply issues.

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick economics experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

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