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Economics and Finance Program at SUNY Plattsburgh

Our Economics and Finance Program Prepares You to Excel in:

  • The financial sector, as well as law or business.
  • Understanding fundamental economic theory.
  • The stock market and banking.

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.

Why Study Economics and Finance at SUNY Plattsburgh?

Prepare for a Field with Great Placement and Salaries

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, 2015. Current starting (median) salaries in economics and finance/financial management services are $49,514 and $50,616, respectively. Comparatively, the median salary for liberal arts and humanities majors is $36,237, for business majors the median salary is $49,035, and for engineering majors it is $64,367.

Gain Real World Experience

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.

Benefit from Small Class Sizes and Faculty that Care about Student Learning

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.

Location, Location, Location!!!

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.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the economics and finance program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Robert Christopherson, Department Chair
Office: Au Sable 203
Phone: (518) 564-4195
Fax: (518) 564-4215

SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901