Economics Minor

Economics Minor

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 minors will not only learn mainstream economics, but also alternative theoretical perspectives. The economics minor at John Jay will equip 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 paths 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 Geert Dhondt, Department of Economics, (646.557.4845,

Requirements. Students who desire a minor in Economics must complete 18 credits (two required courses and four electives). A maximum of two 100-level courses can be used for this minor. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student’s major, other minors or programs.

PART ONE. REQUIRED COURSES                               Subtotal: 6 credits

Select one                                  

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


ECO 310 Economics in Historical Perspectives

PART TWO. ECONOMICS ELECTIVES                       Subtotal: 12 credits 

Select four (Only 1 course may be at the 100-level)

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 255 Statistics for Economists
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 The Political Economy of Gender
ECO 333 Sustainability: Preserving the Earth as Human Habitat
ECO 360/SOC 360 Corporate and White-Collar Crime 
AFR 250 Political Economy of Racism
AFR 322 Inequality and Wealth

Total Credit Hours: 18
Last Updated: 9/28/16