• Welcome to the Department of Economics 

    Members of our faculty are known nationally and internationally for their applied microeconomic research on issues of public policy relevance.

    We have a high-quality undergraduate program within which we have two alternative tracks, BA and BS. In both tracks we provide a strong foundation in micro- and macroeconomics through our introductory and intermediate courses, which is followed by more specialized courses or electives. Undergraduates can choose from a wide range of electives in International Economics, Labor Economics, Public Economics, Urban Economics, Health Economics, Development Economics and Econometrics. There is an Economics Association, sponsored by the Department and run by students with advice from faculty. Students are also eligible for Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor society) and awards for academic distinction.

    The Graduate Program (PhD and Masters) reflects the Department's strengths in Labor Economics, Public Economics, International Economics (International Trade and Economic Development), Urban Economics, and Econometrics. A distinguishing feature of our Ph.D. program is that we have a tradition of providing guidance and support that helps students learn how to shape their work in ways that facilitate publication in peer-reviewed journals. As a result, many of our students publish papers from their dissertations in select journals.

    Some of the recent joint work in the department by faculty and graduate students includes: Flores-Lagunes, Alfonso, Hugo B. Jales, Judith Liu, and Norbert L. Wilson. 2018. "The Differential Incidence and Severity of Food Insecurity by Racial, Ethnic, and Immigrant Groups over the Great Recession in the United States."AEA Papers and Proceedings, 108 : 379-83. Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Boqian Jiang, and Abdulaziz Shifa, “Colonial Legacy, State-building and the Salience of Ethnicityin Sub-Saharan Africa,” Economic Journal, February 2018.

    Upcoming Important Dates

    • March 25th: Summer 2020 Registration begins
      IMPORTANT: Please note that all Summer 2020 courses for Maymester, Summer Session I, and Summer Session II have been moved online. To view a full listing of courses offered by the Economics Department for Summer 2020, please see our summer course schedule.
    • April 6th: Fall 2020 Registration begins
      NOTE: For a full listing of Fall 2020 Economics courses, please view this schedule.
    • April 10th: Last day to register a course as Pass/Fail
      IMPORTANT: For those considering a Pass/Fail option, we encourage you to consult with your Home College Advisor.
    • April 14th: Deadline to withdraw from a course
    • April 28th: Last day of classes

    Remote Access During COVID-19

    Please read below for information about how to access and submit forms, contact professors for office hours, FAQ, and more. Additional information will be posted here on an ongoing basis.

    For all calls, please dial 315-443-3843. You will be directed to the department voicemail. Leave your name, your SU ID (if applicable), your contact information, and a detailed reason for calling. Someone should return your phone call within 24 hours. If you have left a voice message and heard nothing back in over 24 hours, please email eobrie08@syr.edu with the same information. Thank you!


    Beginning Thursday, April 2, live online department office hours will be available through Blackboard to assist students with major declaration forms, plans of study, and related information. Each session will be attended by at least one faculty mentor and department staff.

    For the period from Thursday, April 2 through Friday, April 10, live department office hours are available from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon and again from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, EST. This schedule will be updated on a weekly basis.

    Students can meet with any major mentor during these sessions to declare their major.

    Click below to enter the morning department office hours: 11:00 to 12:00 noon

    Morning office hours: 11 - 12 noon

    Click below to enter the afternoon department office hours: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

    Afternoon office hours: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

    Finding Forms Electronically

    Forms that can typically be found in the Economics Office in Eggers Hall can now be found here, on our Department website. This includes Major Declaration and Plan of Study, Minor Declaration, and Course Petition forms. 

    Major Declaration Form 

    In declaring an Economics Major, students can make the decision to either pursue our B.A. in Economics, or our B.S. in Economics. We have information available (found here) as to which degree program might best fit a students' academic needs. If a student is having difficult deciding between the B.A. or B.S. track after reading the department information provided, the student can reach out to their Major Mentor for further assistance. Major Mentors are assigned by last name, and the full list of Mentors can be found here

    After deciding between the B.A. and the B.S., complete the Major Declaration Form (found here). In order to declare a major in Economics, students must submit both the Major Declaration Form, and their Plan of Study. Please read below for information on preparing a Plan of Study, links to required Plan of Study forms, and necessary steps for declaring the Economics Major.

    Plan of Study Forms

    The Plan of Study Forms are more specific than the Major Declaration form, so please follow the instructions below carefully.

    The Plan of Study Form is assigned by two factors. First, whether you are declaring a B.A. or a B.S. Once you choose, pick the plan of study form assigned based on your Year of Matriculation (the year a student entered Syracuse University). 

    Declaring a B.A., Matriculation Year prior to 2018

    Declaring a B.A., Matriculation Year after 2018

    Declaring a B.S., Matriculation Year prior to 2018

    Declaring a B.S., Matriculation Year after 2018

    Submitting an Economics Declaration

    After a student has filled out a Declaration Form, and the appropriate Plan of Study, they will need to contact their Major Mentor to schedule a virtual meeting. In this meeting, a Major Mentor will go over the course requirements of the degree they have chosen to pursue, and provide assistance for any course, departmental, and degree requirement concerns a student may have. During this meeting, the Major Mentor will provide a signature of approval to the student's Plan of Study Form. The student will then sign their name on both the Plan of Study and Declaration Form. After the Major Mentor and Student have signed the forms, both the Plan of Study and Declaration should be sent electronically to eobrie08@syr.edu. The Economics Department will then provide the required Department Chair Signature, and submit the Declaration form electronically to the student's Home College for final review.

    For any questions or concerns regarding Major Declaration and Plan of Study forms or procedures, please email eobrie08@syr.edu.

    Minor Declaration Form

    The Minor Declaration Form (found here) differs from the Economics Department Major Declaration process. Firstly, there is no Plan of Study form required for a Minor Declaration Form. 

    However, in order to Declare a Minor, a student must meet with either a Home College Advisor, or their assigned Minor Mentor to discuss their academic plan for pursuing an Economics Minor. Minor Mentors are assigned by a student's last name. A list of Minor Mentors can be found at the top of any Minor Requirement Form (linked below).

    Once a student has met with AND obtained the signature of their Minor Mentor, they must submit the Minor Declaration electronically to eobrie08@syr.edu for the Department Chair signature. After a Minor Declaration form has been submitted to eobrie08@syr.edu, the Economics Department will then electronically forward a student's Minor Declaration form to their Home College for final review.

    The Minor Requirements differ based on a student's year of matriculation to Syracuse University. 

    Minor Requirements, Year of Matriculation prior to 2018

    Minor Requirements, Year of Matriculation after 2018

    Withdrawal from an Economics Course

    To withdraw from an Economics course, please fill out the Withdrawal Form and indicate all relevant class information. After finishing the paperwork, please submit an electronic copy to the professor of the course you wish to drop for an approval signature. After this, email your signed Withdrawal Form to the Economics Department at eobrie08@syr.edu. The Department will then send the withdrawal form to the Office of the Registrar for final review. 

    Submitting Petitions Electronically

    Petition forms differ depending on a student's Home College. For any student whose home college is Arts and Sciences, they can find our Petition to Faculty form here. This form is used for students interested in taking a course at another institution and receiving credit at Syracuse University. All courses must be pre-approved before a student enrolls in order to receive Syracuse credit. When submitting this petition form, please attach a syllabus for the specific semester a student intends on taking said course. For example, if the petitioned course occurs during the Summer 2020 semester, then the attached syllabus MUST be from the Summer 2020 semester as well. The syllabus must include the name of the faculty member teaching the petitioned course. All petitions without the current syllabi and faculty member teaching the petitioned course will be returned to students for further detail.

    When a student has completed the Arts and Sciences petition linked above, they should submit an electronic copy of the form along with the current syllabus and lecturer name to eobrie08@syr.edu. After confirming that all the required documents are present, the forms will be sent to the Economics Department Director of Undergraduate Studies for review. When a decision has been made regarding the petition, the student will be notified via email. If a petition is denied, the student will be provided some information as to why. If the petition is approved, the students will be sent instructions for the next steps in the petition submission process.

    For further information regarding the Arts and Sciences petition process, visit their advising website.

    For general petitions to the Economics Department faculty, please use this form. This general petition can be used to request permission regarding departmental courses offered within Syracuse University. For example, this could mean requesting to substitute a Syracuse University Math course for an Economics course in the pursuit of the Economics Major. These petitions do not require a syllabus to be attached. However, a student must submit the General Petition form to eobrie08@syr.edu for review as well. As with the Arts and Sciences Petition, a student will be notified about any decision made regarding their submitted petition.

    For our general standing policies regarding student petitions, please visit our student handbook.

    For questions regarding petition form requirements, please email eobrie08@syr.edu.

    Important Links

    For information about the College of Arts and Sciences advising resources, please visit this link. You will find a list of advisors at the far right of this page. For access to additional academic forms through the College of Arts and Sciences, please visit this link. The Syracuse University Registrar homepage has additional resources for the online transition, and can be found here. Additionally, the complete contact information for the Office of the Registrar can be found here

  • Economics News

  • Lovely explains the economic impact of coronavirus on CGTN

    "We're looking at a labor market catastrophe right now here in the United States," says Professor Mary Lovely. "What we seem to need right now is employment support to keep these people attached to their employers and able to get back to work relatively quickly when the economy comes back." Lovely was interviewed on CGTN's The Heat for a segment on the latest on COVID-19.


    Lovely op-ed on addressing economic impact of COVID-19 featured on CNN

    "Getting rid of these tariffs will remove a painful yoke that had depressed American manufacturing and farming long before the coronavirus hit our shores," says Professor Mary Lovely. Her article "What Trump can do now to rescue America's factories and farms," was published by CNN.


    Lovely quoted in Washington Times article on US-China trade deal

    "There’s a real question as to the economic capacity in both countries [right now]," says Professor Mary Lovely, adding that "it’s hopeful that the officials are saying that they still intend to meet these obligations." Lovely was interviewed for the Washington Times article "China trade deal holding up despite strains, U.S. says."