Why Choose Nazareth for Economics?

Trickledown or supply-side. Marx or Milton Friedman. The tension between socialism and capitalism. In our program, economics is anything but dull. We look at the economic forces that shaped history and investigate present-day topics such as the challenges of a global marketplace, the psychology of the stock market, and the monetary systems in which we live. As they explore economic models and argue the relative merits of Keynes and Krugman, our students acquire a foundation for wisdom and leadership in a global economy.

The economics degree program at Nazareth College thoughtfully analyzes market forces and their effect on daily life, public policy, and our success or failure as a society. Rooted in a liberal arts perspective, this approach helps students prepare for graduate study in finance, business, law, and related disciplines, as well as for careers in a variety of fields.

Program Highlights

  • Seminar-style classes and individual mentoring from professors.
  • Coursework focuses on writing, critical thinking, communication, technology, and current events.
  • Internship opportunities, which are fairly rare in this field of study.
  • Program emphasizes quantitative skills and econometric research methods which prepares students for careers and graduate school.
  • The option to use the economics major to achieve inclusive education certification for elementary education (grades one through nine) and as a generalist at the middle school level.
  • Flexibility to double-major, such as with finance or business management (which has led to investment research or analyst careers), with history (one such alumnus is a trust administrative officer in Boston), or with math (alumni have pursued data analysis and advanced study in actuarial science).

Contact Information

Rochelle L. Ruffer

Rochelle L. Ruffer

Professor of Economics, Department Chair of the Undergraduate Program
Smyth Hall 147E

Education: B.A. in Economics, Colgate University; M.S. in Economics, University of Wisconsin; Ph.D. in Economics with a concentration in Industrial Organization, University of Wisconsin

Teaching and Research Interests: Principles of microeconomics, international business economics, intermediate microeconomics, and development economics. Areas of research interest include assessing the use of innovative teaching strategies in the classroom.

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Rachel Piemonte, alum, economics degree program, economics major at Nazareth College.

Spotlight: Rachel Piemonte ‘11

“One skill I learned from the economics program at Naz that I use most in my day-to-day work is the ability to think creatively about possible solutions to a problem. The faculty members of the econ department were constantly asking me to think deeper and push the boundaries of what might be the ‘easy answer,’ which is something I continue to do every day at Bates White.”

Piemonte is a senior consultant at Bates White Economic Consulting in Washington, D.C.

Example Careers

  • Financial analyst
  • Insurance agent
  • Economist
  • Lawyer
  • Stockbroker
  • Risk management
  • Public administration
  • Bank officer

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • The Hartford Financial Services
  • Merrill Lynch
  • CIA
  • Library of Congress

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Cambridge University
  • Tufts University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • Binghamton University
  • Manning & Napier
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Justice Department