Undergraduate Program

The Department of Economics at the Syracuse University has a national reputation of excellence in microeconomic research and analysis of public policies.

Undergraduates may earn either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), or a combined B.S. and Master's (M.A.) degree.  Students benefit from the Department's commitment to teaching excellence, the availability of the faculty, the presence of our regular faculty in all courses, outstanding advising, and an active economics club. In addition, students are eligible for Omicron Delta Epsilon (an honors society) and awards for academic distinction.

Many economics majors also take advantage of Syracuse study abroad programs. Click here to see sample plans of study to combine study abroad with economics. Additional information is also available at the Syracuse University study abroad site.

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Faculty in the department have received considerable public recognition for their work. In many instances faculty have held advisory positions as consultants to business, governments, and international organizations. Many of our faculty are also editors of leading academic journals and recipients of numerous honors. The focus of the faculty reflects a strong applied orientation in the department that enhances the experience for undergraduate students studying economics here at Syracuse University. Economics majors regularly secure employment in business and government positions in addition to going on to further study in graduate school.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is encouraged and occurs most often through the Renee Crown Honors program or the department’s economics distinction program. However, several other research opportunities are available to undergraduate students. 

Yijing Chen, for example, is pursuing her B.S. in Economics. Yijing was recently awarded a SOURCE grant (a student grant from the Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement) for her research proposal titled "The Impact of Environmental and Worker Safety Regulations on Environmental Performance and Workplace Accidents." Yijing's proposal is a one year project, lasting through Summer 2020, and the 2020-21 academic year. She will be working with Carmen Carrión-Flores, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, on this endeavor. 

For more information on Yijing and Carmen's outstanding work, please take a look at the project's overview and goals.

The Thompson-Burkhead Fund supports undergraduate research for students whose interests and projects draw on elements of both economics and geography.

Lia Chabot
Faculty Advisor: Perry Singleton
Project Title: The Effects of Racial Segregation on Recovery from the U.S. Foreclosure Crisis
Lexin Lu
Faculty Advisor: Perry Singleton
Project Title: The Effect of 2018 Tax Reform on Homeownership
Antonio Ramos Rivera
Faculty Advisor: Kristy Buzard
Project Title: Spatial Concentration of R&D Labs by Industry
Jacob Waldron
Faculty Advisor: Perry Singleton
Project Title: The Effects of Crime on House Prices

Major Degree Requirements

Economics, BA

Economics, BS

Economics, combined BS/MA 

For a complete description, please view the BS/MA course catalog.

Minor Requirements

Economics Minor