Economics Minor

Description. Economics follows human beings as they strive to fulfill their aspirations within different social and physical environments, notably via the production of commodities, their distribution and consumption, and the elaborations of institutions to organize these three processes. Additionally, economics courses enable students to improve their writing, analytical, and research skills. John Jay economics minor will not only learn mainstream economics, but also theoretical perspectives. The economics minor at John Jay will equuip students to critically evaluate how society and government policies affect their daily lives.

Rationale. The Economics Minor is a highly valued compliment to any major, but particularly for those who are interested in policy analysis, activism, employment relations, and business. Moreover, an economics minor is highly regarded and recognized by potential employers, and graduate and law schools because it is a rigorous analytical and critical discipline, thus suggesting that the students will already have the skills to succeed in many career or educational pahs they pursue.

Learning outcomes. Students will:

  • Demonstrate economic literacy by using its terminology in writing assignments, exercises, and oral presentations.
  • Critically evaluate economic/social phenomena from multiple theoretical perspectives.
  • Be able to analyze and critique government policies with particular attention to social injustices.

    Credits required. 18

    Minor coordinator. Professor Catherine Mulder, Department of Economics (212.484.1309,

    Requirements. Students who desire a minor in Economics must complete 18 credits (two required courses and four electives). A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student's major, other minors or programs.


    Select one                                  Subtotal: 6 credits

    ECO 101 Introduction to Economics and Global Capitalism
    ECO 120 Introduction to Macroeconomics
    ECO 125 Introduction to Microeconomics


    ECO 310 Economics in Historical Perspectives


    Select four                                 Subtotal: 12 credits

    ECO 105 Understanding U.S. Economic Data
    ECO 120 Introduction to Macroeconomics
    ECO 125 Introduction to Microeconomics
    ECO 170 Crime, Class, Capitalism: The Economics of Justice
    ECO 213 Political Economy 
    ECO 215 Economics of Regulation and the Law
    ECO 220 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
    ECO 225 Intermediate Microeconomics 
    ECO 231 Global Economic Development and Crime
    ECO 245 International Economics 
    ECO 260 Environmental Economics, Regulation and Policy 
    ECO 265 Introduction to Public Sector Economics 
    ECO 270 Urban Economics 
    ECO 280 Economics of Labor
    ECO 283 Selected Topics in Economics 
    ECO 315/PSC 315 An Economic Analysis of Crime
    ECO 324 Money and Banking
    ECO 327 Political Economy of Gender
    ECO 333 Sustainability: Perserving the Earth as a Human Habitat
    ECO 360/SOC 360 Corporate and White Collar Crime 
    AFR 250 Political Economy of Racism
    AFR 322 Inequality and Wealth

    Total: 18 credits