Department Chair

  • James Booker
    Professor of Economics
    Kiernan Hall 102A



The Economics Department focuses on helping students apply economic ideas and data to policy issues. This is accomplished through work on research, problem solving, writing, and development quantitative and analytic analysis. Students develop their abilities within individual courses, and through the cumulative experience of a major or minor in Economics.




The mission of the Economics Department at Siena College is to educate undergraduate students in a learning environment that emphasizes both mainstream and heterodox approaches to economics, as well as principles of economic justice related to Siena's Franciscan tradition.

The Economics Department offers a curriculum that is taught critically and comparatively to promote inquiry and intellectual growth for students, department faculty, and the campus community. The B.A. offers students the opportunity to focus on the relationship between economics and society, while the B.S. requires training in functional areas of business.

Learning Goals

1. Concept mastery. Show mastery in central concepts of mainstream and heterodox approaches to economics.

2. Inquiry. Provide critical and comparative inquiry through engagement with texts, models, and data. (Includes critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis.)

3. Policy analysis. Analyze policy with respect to mainstream and heterodox approaches to economics, and principles of economic justice related to Siena’s Franciscan tradition.

4. Communication. Demonstrate intellectual growth by communicating inquiry based findings.

What do we do in economics?

Adam Smith may have expressed it best: we inquire into the "nature and causes of the wealth of nations." What is this wealth? It could be life. It could be measured by those who have the least. Or by liberty,happiness, or a clean, sustainable environment. Our concern might be global, or it might be local. Economics concerns itself with all of this.

Siena College offers both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Economics, and a minor in Economics