Major in Economics

Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Business and Justice Studies

Economics Major


Utica College's business and economics faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarly accomplishments as well as for their real-world business experience. Collectively they represent a wide range of expertise and research interests, including health care financing, public school aid formulas, banking, and managing change.

At the same time, at Utica College, teaching is the faculty's first priority. Small classes provide opportunities for close interaction between and among faculty and students, and the relationships students form with their professors often last a lifetime.

The overwhelming majority of faculty are doctorally trained; several additionally hold an M.B.A. Faculty regularly share their expertise by serving as members of professional organizations, presenting at scholarly conferences, and consulting with local businesses and government agencies. These connections help faculty develop internship opportunities for students, and also serve as networking resources for UC graduates seeking employment.

The faculty's scholarly accomplishments, professional experiences, and academic credentials combine to provide students majoring in business and economics programs with a dynamic and fulfilling learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.

Professor Patricia "Pat" A. Swann , M.S.

Professor of Public Relations & Journalism

Patricia Swann M.S.
Phone: (315) 792-3243
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 503


Patricia Swann is the former dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies and the senior public relations and journalism faculty member at Utica College, Utica, NY. She is author of a textbook “Cases in Public Relations Management: The Rise of Social Media and Activism” (Routledge) which uses national and international communication management case studies for graduate and undergraduate public relations programs nationwide. Swann is past head of the public relations division of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the leading national educational organization for public relations college professors.

Professor Swann is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and serves as faculty advisor for the Raymond Simon Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America at Utica College. She is executive director of the Raymond Simon Institute of Public Relations and Journalism.

She has more than 20 years experience in the field of public relations and journalism. She was a news reporter/feature writer for The Southeast Missourian, a daily newspaper, and spent the bulk of her professional career in healthcare and educational public relations and marketing. She has won national, state and local awards for writing, graphic design and public relations.

Before joining the Utica College program, Professor Swann taught at Morrisville State College’s journalism program. She received her master’s degree in public relations from Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and her bachelor’s of arts degree in mass communication from Truman State University.


Rick Fenner, Ph.D.
Chair, Economics and Finance
123 DePerno Hall

(315) 792-3112
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