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.

Dr. Samuel E. Ferrara , Ph.D.

Professor of Practice-Management & Strategy

Samuel Ferrara
Phone: (315) 792-3060
Office: 181 Genesee Street Suite 525


Samuel Ferrara, Professor of Practice-Management and Strategy, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Brockport State University, his Master’s of Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College and his Doctorate of Organizational Studies from the University at Albany. He has 20 years of experience in the business world in Sales and Marketing both in North America and Europe and is interested in corporate governance. Sam's hobbies include biking, kayaking, golfing, and playing the piano.

His recent publications include:

  • Ferrara, S.E. (2017). A Comparative Analysis of Agency and Stewardship Theories of Corporate Governance. Changes in a Global Economy, Codrington, H., Winkler, R. and Frances, C. (ed's.).
  • Van Ness, R.K., Ferrara, S.E. and Gozy, C. (2012). Collegiate Schools of Business: Now What? Thoughts of Generational Cohorts. Journal of International Management Studies, 12 (4), 46-59.
  • Van Ness, R.K., Ferrara, S.E., Van Ness, R. and Hughes, B. (2010) B-School Identity Crisis: Students Beliefs May Be An Antidote. Review of Business Research, 10 (3), 53-65.


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

(315) 792-3112
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