About Us

About Us

The Economics Department at John Jay College is dedicated to a heterodox approach to Economics. Simply put, we embrace a wide array of approaches to the study of economics. If you like giving names to these different approaches, then you can call them Marxist, Radical, Institutionalist, Behavioral, Neoclassical, Austrian, etc. Because of our commitment to a pluralist approach we don’t have one single definition of economics. But here is one alternative to get you started: Economics is the study of people, independently and through organizations and institutions make decision over the use of scarce resources and the distribution of society’s surpluses.  As you can imagine, this covers a huge range of topics. Here is a small sample of topics students can study with their professors in the Economics Department: criminal justice, inequality, race, environmental justice, sustainability, labor collectives, financialization, capitalism’s crises, etc. We teach “Economics in Context” which means we pay attention to the historical, cultural, ecological and social environment that surrounds the study of economics. 

We offer a Bachelors of Science in Economics, a minor in Economics and a Master’s of Arts in Economics.