You should consider Economics if you enjoy clear and logical approaches to exploring the riches and poverty which characterize economic life. Your studies in Economics will help you gain perspectives and solve problems related to public life, the business world, and the decisions shaping your future.
If you pick up the newspaper or turn on the news, it’s clear that economic forces impact all of us on a daily basis. The field of economics encompasses important societal issues, from social welfare programs, employment rates, and income inequality to inflation, monopolies, and antitrust laws.
Why study economics?
A background in economics helps you understand, debate, discuss and form national and international policy. Economists ask questions about societal programs and problems and employ mathematical and statistical tools to form sound policy. If you’re interested in international trade, international affairs, business cycles, or the stock markets, consider majoring in economics. A degree in economics also prepares you for careers in banking, law, marketing, journalism, environmental science, and medicine.
Siena’s economics program is committed to undergraduate education and takes seriously the principles of economic justice related to Siena’s Franciscan tradition. The program provides an education valuable for employment and for life via:
Liberal arts focus, preparing students for a variety of rewarding careers.
Focus on data, policy, and Siena’s Franciscan tradition.
Strong analytic foundation, including calculus and econometrics.
Diverse faculty of over 40% women
The program emphasizes community engagement and undergraduate research including:
Working with community partners is an essential element of selected economics classes.
Undergraduate research mentored by departmental faculty
Funded summer research
Off-campus presentation of research
Econometrics capstone project
Fed Challenge competition on monetary policy
Honors program thesis mentoring
The B.S. provides professional preparation appropriate for immediate employment in business and public sector occupations within and outside economics. The program also provides a foundation for graduate study in areas including Business Administration, Law, Forecasting, and of course Economics.
Requirements for the Major (30 credits)
ECON101 - Principles of Economics, Micro 3 credits
ECON102 - Principles of Economics,Macro 3 credits
ECON201 - Micro-Economic Analysis 3 credits
ECON202 - Macro-Economic Analysis 3 credits
ECON430 - Econometrics 3 credits
Economics electives (15 credits). Three courses (9 credits) of electives must be at the 300 level or above.
Economics electives will be selected after consultation with an academic advisor to determine the best mix of courses to prepare the student for their career and educational goals.
Economics graduates at Siena College become particularly skilled at analysis and problem-solving. Taking seriously our objective to use economic theory and data together to assess economic policy in light of Franciscan values, students pursuing the major and minor work develop not only data management skills but also logical and ethical frameworks in which to analyze data. Employers repeatedly comment on the exceptional analytical thinking shown by our graduates.
Employers of our Graduates
Bank of America
Briglia, Hundley, Nuttal & Lopez, P.C.
Campbell Soup Company
CFI Securities LLC
Cioffi Slezak Wildgrube PC
Dion Money Managment
Franciscan Community Center
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Governor’s Budget Division
H.D. Fayette Elementary School
Halliday Financial Group
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
New York Independent System Operator
New York Life Insurance Company
New York Stock Exchange
NYS Dept. of Health
Oppenheimer & Company
Orange County District Attorney
State University Construction Fund
The Albany Academies
The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc
Travelers Insurance Company
Travelers Insurance Company
Union Savings Bank
University of California, Davis
Walsh, Wicks & Sallisbury
City of Schenectady
Connecticut State Department of Corrections
General Electric Global
New York State Office of the Controller
Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment Program
Public Service Commission
Riverkeeper (Hudson River)
United States Public Interest Research Group
Bank of America
The Ayco Co. (a Goldman Sachs Company)
Peter Harris Clothing