Why Choose Nazareth for Economics?

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 unique in this field of study.
  • Program emphasizes quantitative skills and econometric research methods which prepares students for careers and graduate school.
  • 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, Chair of the Undergraduate Program, Director of the Business Management Program, Director of the Economics 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


  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Bank of America
  • Manning and Napier Investments
  • Flower City Capital
  • Nazareth College Institutional Research
  • Merrill Lynch

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Bates White Economic Consulting
  • Citibank
  • Manning and Napier
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • Tufts University
  • Johns Hopkins