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Welcome to the Economics Department!

Economics is a social science concerned with the study of how society organizes the production and distribution of goods and services. There is practically no dimension of human activity that remains unaffected by economic forces, making economics central to our lives as informed, articulate, and responsible citizens. The main goal of economics is to understand the workings of the society at fundamental levels, and to help us address social problems effectively. To this end, economic theory is often fruitfully applied to the analysis of public and private sector issues to formulate appropriate policies that address the well-being of the society. Such issues include the terms of international trade, the environment, taxation and economic behavior, distribution of wealth and poverty, discrimination, law, labor relations, healthcare, agriculture, insurance, finance, and business.

The economics program at New Paltz prepares students for careers in private and public sectors and nonprofit organizations. The program is also designed to prepare students for graduate studies in economics, business, law, and international relations. The curriculum has a pluralistic and liberal arts approach to teaching economic theory with a strong applied component. It emphasizes quantitative and research methods, writing, and effective communications.

Economics has been shown to be the most appropriate field in preparation for graduate work in business and law, as a large percentage of students admitted to the leading graduate programs in business administration (MBA), and law schools have undergraduate degrees in economics. It has also been shown that economics majors consistently score highest in the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Economists enjoy rewarding careers in government, international organizations, foreign service, nonprofit sector, non-governmental organizations, business, financial and banking sectors, education, consulting, and research.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, is an excellent source of information on careers. It reports that employment of economists continue to grow and they encounter favorable job prospects. The Job Outlook Report, published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, reports that economics graduates also enjoy high starting salaries. For more information about Economics visit American Economic Association's undergraduate Economics web site.


How to Contact the Department:

     Office Location: Jacobson Faculty Tower (JFT) 814

     Mailing Address:
     State University of New York at New Paltz
     Department of Economics - JFT 814
     600 Hawk Drive
     New Paltz, NY 12561-2440

     Telephone: 845-257-2969
     Fax: 845-257-3581

Chair: Prof. H. Azari
Secretary: Patricia Stewart