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Economics teaches analytical thinking skills that apply to many areas. Economics majors may go to law school or pursue graduate study in economics. Many seek employment and experience in business and industry, or public policy.
Finance is one of the most dynamic sectors of the world economy. Today’s businesses demand finance professionals who can interpret information, implement financial strategy, and understand economic theory.
The economics and finance program provides a balance of hands-on experience and academics to prepare you for a 21st century career in a variety of industries and successful careers in financial management and investment banking.
This agency will only accredit programs of high quality and ensures that continuous improvement processes are evident in all areas. Nationally, only a handful of schools that only offer the undergraduate degree in business are accredited through AACSB International. Our finance program includes the business core and is thus subject to accreditation through AACSB, however the economics major does not require students to take the business core and is thus not subject to accreditation.
Economics and finance remains one of the best majors for job placement and starting salaries according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Salary Survey, 2005. Current starting salaries in the areas of economics and finance are at slightly above $42,000.
Internships, independent studies, and study abroad opportunities are all distinct possibilities within the Department of Economics and Finance at SUNY Plattsburgh. Every semester numerous students avail themselves of these opportunities and in the process gain significant real world experience to augment their classroom experience.
Students taking classes in their third and fourth years are likely to have classes of 10–15 students. While first and second year students might have classes of about 40 students, we offer no large lecture classes.
Whether you like to ski, bike, run, fish, hike, or tube down the Saranac River, its all here in the Champlain Valley. We’re close to Lake Placid, Burlington, Vermont, and Montreal, Canada. Additionally we’re only five hours from New York City, Boston, Syracuse, Ottawa, Quebec City, and Toronto. Please take the time to visit our campus, you won’t be disappointed.
If you would like more information about the economics and finance program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
Dr. Colin Read, Department Chair
Office: SBE/CS Room 324
Phone: (518) 564-4120
Fax: (518) 564-4215