The AACSB-accredited School of Economics and Business at SUNY Oneonta created its first business program in 1970. It believes in the importance of having all business disciplines grounded in the understanding of economics. In small class settings, students will learn from well-educated, committed, highly qualified, and accessible professors who not only provide a depth of knowledge in a variety of fields, but teach ethical principles, analytical decision-making skills, excellence, and teamwork. Graduates enter the workforce transformed into confident leaders who appreciate responsible management, service, flexibility, diversity, and sustainability.
The SEB focuses on undergraduate studies and is made up of two departments: Economics, Finance & Accounting, and Management, Marketing & Information Systems. Students can major in Economics with an optional concentration in Finance; Business Economics with optional concentrations in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management; or Professional Accounting with optional concentrations in International Business, Finance, or Marketing. Through the Cooperative Business Program, students who complete an undergraduate business degree at Oneonta can acquire either a Masters in Accounting or a Masters in Business Administration from Clarkson University or Rochester Institute of Technology. Students can also achieve a Bachelors from Oneonta and an Associates from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in just four years. The qualifying FIT programs are in Fashion Business Management, Textile Development & Marketing, and Advertising & Marketing Communications.
SEB majors can benefit from several scholarships, including the SEB Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Founders Scholarship in Accounting, and the John Doherty Scholarship. Many awards also exist to help send students to other countries to experience an international education. Business students can join faculty members in China to study fashion and textiles industries. They can spend semesters at universities in Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, or Greece. There are even international internship opportunities all over the world.
Co-curricular activities provide as much benefit as classroom instruction. An excellent co-curricular experience and way to grow in professional and relational skills, network, and serve the community is through the different student organizations created explicitly for business students. These groups include Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honor Society), Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society), Accounting Society, Finance Club, Economics Club, Management Club, American Marketing Association, and the Entrepreneur Club.
Along with student organizations, the SEB provides many other opportunities for team projects and practical application of the learned material. Students compete in many case competitions like the Fed Challenge Competition in New York City. They can help manage and oversee a real money investment portfolio and experience real-world technologically-enhanced simulations.
An incredible way to experience learning, hands-on training, professional development, and networking opportunities is through completing an internship. The SEB provides an Internship Coordinator to help students find the right placement and guide them through the experience from start to finish. Some organizations that accept SEB students into their internship positions are Bank of New York, ABM Industries, Sweet Home Productions, and Bassett Healthcare.