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The study of economics, as with the other social sciences, attempts to explain various types of human behavior and the impact that society's institutions have in determining that behavior. Of particular interest are the forces that determine an economy's pattern of production, employment, distribution of income, poverty, and its relationship to the global economy.

Economics at SUNY Potsdam is an integral part of the liberal arts. The department's primary goal is to cultivate patterns of inquiry that produce economic literacy, independent thinking, a commitment to lifelong learning and a socially responsible life.


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We expose a diverse student body to diverse points of view about economics and the economy.