- The economics curriculum takes a pluralistic approach to teaching economic theory with a strong applied component. It emphasizes quantitative research methods, writing, history of economic thought, and effective communication.
- The program prepares students for graduate studies in economics, business, law, international relations, public administration, and statistics. New Paltz economics alumni have been accepted to graduate programs at prestigious institutions such as Cornell University, Columbia University, New York University, and the London School of Economics.
- The C. R. Seshu Scholarship, named after the late SUNY New Paltz economics professor Chigurupati Rama Seshu, offers several awards to economics majors each year.
- Two student groups, the Economics Club and the New Paltz Beta Upsilon chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics, support students’ study and personal growth. The groups organize field trips to New York City’s financial district and to professional conferences, and also host lectures and workshops featuring prominent economists.
- Faculty publish cutting edge books and articles on topics such as the role of multinational corporations in the global economy, sustainability in China and in the U.S., and women’s economic writing in the history of economic thought. They also collaborate with students on research projects, presentations, and publications.