Welcome to Economics

In the last twenty years the global community has seen many dramatic changes including structural transformation in globalization, economic crisis, and increased attention to the economic dimensions of social justice issues. Climate change, inequality, health care, and global poverty and other pressing issues of the 21st century all demand our attention.  In our department we use modern quantitative methods and frameworks to consider these pressing issues as well as important historical episodes and theories in the discipline. 

Our program is STEM certified by the U.S. Department of Education, which certifies our analytical approach and quantitative skill building. It also conveys some post-graduate employment visa benefits for international students on F1 visas. 

A Hands-On Approach

The Department of Economics at Ithaca College blends economic theory with practical applications. Our students do more than just attend lectures and take notes: Some classes engage in collaborative activities that stimulate creative solutions to economic problems. Others use simulations that require students to make decisions about their own corporation.

Our goal is to make students active participants in the learning process. Internships both on and off campus are another way to acquire practical experience. In addition, economics majors and minors with the appropriate prerequisites may conduct tutoring sessions for entry-level students or become teaching assistants.

Career Booster

Students majoring in economics typically find themselves in an advantageous position upon graduation. Because of its emphasis on critical thinking, economics is an excellent undergraduate major for those considering law school. Our alumni have also gone on to graduate school in economics, data science, and political economy. However, most students choose to work immediately after taking their undergraduate degree. Our graduates have jumped into a variety of industries, including consulting a, analysis, and financial management.


The economics faculty at Ithaca College would be happy to tell you more about the programs. If you would like to visit the department or have questions about the economics majors, please contact us.

Contact the Department of Economics

Shaianne Osterreich, Chair
Tina Bennett, Administrative Assistant

Office: 425 Muller Center