Unlike most universities, the Department of Economics faculty is distinctly different from the Ph.D. Program faculty, which is called the Graduate Field of Economics faculty at Cornell. This gives a two-faculty structure.
- Undergraduate Faculty
- The members of the Cornell University Economics Department teach most undergraduate courses and do all major advising for students taking economics in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Economists who are members of other departments at Cornell and visiting professors from other universities also teach economics courses. Many economics courses at all levels are cross-listed by the various schools and departments that offer economics-related undergraduate majors.
- Graduate Faculty
- At Cornell graduate students are admitted to a "Graduate Field," rather than to a "Department." In practice, many departments and graduate fields are essentially the same-but this is not the case for Cornell Economics. The "Graduate Field of Economics" is in charge of the Ph.D. Program in Economics. Field of Economics faculty come from the Cornell University Economics Department, the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the Hotel School, the Johnson School, the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Division of Nutritional Sciences.
- For the purposes of the Ph.D. Program, departmental distinctions are
not material. A Ph.D. student in economics can designate any economics field faculty member as his
or her primary thesis advisor (chair). The Ph.D. degree will be a Ph.D. in Economics, regardless
of the department affiliation of the chair and other members of the student's committee.
Department of Economics
404 Uris Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-4254
Fax: (607) 255-2818