Economics (BS)

Economics (BS)

ECONOMICS (BS)

Economics is the study of how people and societies make choices to accomplish individual and social purposes. In this major, students learn about individual, national and global economic behavior, and then apply various theoretical insights and methods of analysis to the contemporary challenges involving social and economic justice, discrimination, immigration, markets, and crime, among other topics.

Learning Outcomes.
Graduates in Economics will be able to:

  • Identify and describe economic issues including, but not limited to: justice, the law, crime, the causes and effects of fraud, sustainability and administration.
  • Analyze economic information by separating it into its constituent parts, carefully examining them so as to identify causes, relationships and possible results.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of alternative theoretical perspectives.
  • Propose ethical and logically consistent remedies/policies for economic problems.
  • Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences by means of oral presentation, written documents and quantitative graphs, charts and tables.
     

Credits required. 36 or more, depending upon the completion of prerequisites (if needed).

Prerequisites. ECO 101 or ECO 120 or ECO 125 are prerequisites for required courses in the Economics major. ECO 105  is also a prerequisite for higher-level required ECO courses. Depending on math placement, students may need to take MAT 105 and/or MAT 108 (or MAT 141) as prerequisites for the required statistics course, ECO 255.

Note: Students considering graduate programs in economics should consider additional mathematics and statistics courses as free electives. Students are strongly advised to discuss graduate school options early in their progression through the major.

Economics Major CUNY Gateway Courses. ECO 120 Introduction to Macroeconomics, ECO 125 Introduction to Microeconomics, ECO 255 Statistics for Economists.

Coordinator. Professors Catherine Mulder, Fall 2016 (212.484.1309, cmulder@jjay.cuny.edu) and Ian Seda-Irizarry, Spring 2017 (212.393.6425, iseda@jjay.cuny.edu), Department of Economics. 

Honors Option. Honors in the BS in Economics is bestowed upon students who graduate with an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher, a GPA of 3.5 or higher for courses taken in fulfillment of the major, complete at least one additional Economics elective course at the 300-level, and complete a written capstone project in ECO 405 Seminar in Economics.  

Additional information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2016 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

PART ONE. ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS                      Subtotal: 21 credits

Required

ECO 105 Understanding U.S. Economic Data
ECO 213 Political Economy
ECO 220 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
ECO 225 Intermediate Microeconomics
ECO 255 Statistics for Economists
ECO 310 Economics in Historical Perspectives
ECO 405 Seminar in Economics

PART TWO. ELECTIVES                                                       Subtotal: 15 credits

Select five courses, at least one from each cluster with no single course satisfying more than one cluster. 

Please note: Students may only use one 100-level course towards Part II. Electives.

Elective Clusters

Criminal Justice Cluster
Select at least one course

ECO 231 Global Economic Development and Crime
ECO 235 Finance for Forensic Economics
ECO 260 Environmental Economics, Regulation and Policy 
ECO 283 Selected Topics in Economics
ECO 315/PSC 315 An Economic Analysis of Crime
ECO 360/SOC 360 Corporate and White-Collar Crime

Public Sector Cluster
Select at least one course

ECO 125 Introduction to Microeconomics
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 324 Money and Banking 
ECO 360/SOC 360 Corporate and White Collar Crime 

Economic Justice Cluster
Select at least one course

AFR 250 Political Economy of Racism 
AFR 322 Inequality and Wealth
ECO 280 Economics of Labor
ECO 283 Selected Topics in Economics
ECO 327 The Political Economy of Gender
ECO 333 Sustainability: Preserving the Earth as Human Habitat

International Cluster
Select at least one course

AFR 250 Political Economy of Racism 
ECO 120 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECO 231 Global Economic Development and Crime 
ECO 245 International Economics 
ECO 283 Selected Topics in Economics
ECO 327 The Political Economy of Gender
ECO 333 Sustainability: Preserving the Earth as Human Habitat

 

                                                                                                            Total Credit Hours: 36

                                                                                                                  Last Updated: 12/08/16