"[SUNY Geneseo is] one of the nation's most selective, highly regarded public colleges." - The New York Times.

This enviable reputation results from many factors that make Geneseo a very special place, not the least of which is an extraordinarily gifted student body. Geneseo students study and live in an idyllic campus environment where creativity, independent thinking and cooperative learning are a way of life.

The Economics program at SUNY Geneseo offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. The program is housed administratively in the School of Business, where it is one of three majors. The others are Business Administration, which awards a Bachelor of Science and Accounting, which also awards a Bachelor of Science degree. The School has about 820 majors pursuing degrees in the three degree programs.


The Economics major is a general education degree program that seeks to combine the breadth, analytical development, and flexibility of a liberal arts degree with a focus on the world of economic activity. The Economics major includes a thorough theoretical, quantitative, and empirical foundation. Emphasis is given to the development of critical thinking and oral and written communications skills.

The program seeks to prepare students for a wide array of positions in both the public and private sectors, as well as to qualify them for admission to graduate programs in a variety of fields. Economics graduates at Geneseo follow a number of career paths: graduate school in economics programs; graduate school in M.B.A., law, public administration, and other programs; and entry into employment in a number of fields. Recent economics graduates are currently attending graduate or professional schools at universities such as California-Berkley, College of William and Mary, Emory, New England School of Law, Northwestern, Pace, Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse, University of Rochester and Wisconsin.

Economics students frequently combine their economics major with internships, study abroad, independent research, and related study in the social science or mathematics fields. As a result, they are in great demand by employers, graduate schools and law schools.

Extracurricular Learning Experiences

In the School of Business, you will have numerous opportunities to apply and expand your learning outside of the traditional classroom.

Some economics students annually choose to complete a work experience internship with an area business or agency. In addition, an increasing number of Economic majors are choosing to expand their Geneseo learning experience through study abroad in countries such as Australia, England, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Spain and Turkey. You may plan to spend a year, a semester, or a summer studying and experiencing another culture.