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.

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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Mike DeCory, alumnus of the economics degree program, economics major at Nazareth College.

Alumni Spotlight: Mike DeCory '91

Vice President of Wegmans Brand

“A lot of schools can teach the science of business, but at Nazareth I also learned the human side as well. The life skills I gained—in class with professors, on the tennis team, one-on-one with my academic advisors—are as imperative to me now as the theories of supply and demand.”

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