Economics

Department of Economics and Finance

All levels of government, as well as international organizations, nonprofit organizations, industrial corporations, and financial institutions, such as banks and brokerage houses, hire economists to do economic analyses and planning. Economists perform economic analyses of various markets, execute pricing studies, determine the effects that government policies have on their businesses, and analyze the implications of international economic events.

As a Major (BA)

A BA degree with a major in economics deals with concepts, techniques, and cases in economics that acquaint the student with the general economic problems of modern society. This degree provides students with an excellent general background for a wide range of challenging business careers. Consult the Bulletin for more information on required courses and electives.

Liberal Arts Minor in Economics

The Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance offers a liberal arts minor in economics. The liberal arts minor consists of 9 credits and requires that students take:

  • ECO 3100 or ECO 3200
  • 3 additional credits at the 3000-level or 4000-level courses in economics
  • A 3 credit communication-intensive 4000-level capstone course in economics.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all prerequisites are met. If in doubt, students should check with an economics advisor to ensure their choices conform to the requirements of this concentration.

With the exception of ECO 4000, ECO 4091, ECO 4092, ECO 4093, and ECO 4094, all other 4000-level courses are communication-intensive courses. Sometimes ECO 4093 (a 3-credit special topics course) may be communication-intensive, depending on the course material. Students are required to check the course description in CUNYfirst.

Below is a list of capstone courses that have been regularly offered in recent years, along with the matching lower-level courses that could constitute an Economics minor.

Capstone

Prerequisite

Third course

ECO 4100 (Advanced Microeconomics)

ECO 3100 (Intermediate Micro-Economic Theory)

any 3000- or 4000-level economics course

ECO 4200 (Advanced Macroeconomics)

ECO 3200 (Intermediate Macro-Economic Theory)

any 3000- or 4000-level economics course

ECO 4201 (Monetary Economics)

ECO 3200 (Intermediate Macro-Economic Theory)

any 3000- or 4000-level economics course

ECO 4051 (Financial Econometrics, offered infrequently)

ECO 4000 (Statistical Analysis for Economics and Finance)

ECO 3100 or ECO 3200


Note: Not every course will be offered every semester. For further information about the capstone and other available courses, and to discuss which programs might be most appropriate to your interests, please consult the Student Bulletin or visit the Department of Economics and Finance [NVC 10-225; 646-312-3450].

Undergraduate students are able to fulfill the Tier III minor requirement by completing a minor in Economics. This Tier III minor in Economics requires that students take:

  • two courses in Economics at the 3000 level or above, followed by
  • a communications-intensive "capstone" course.

It is the responsibility of the student to insure that all prerequisites are met. Further, note that not every 4000 level and above Economics course qualifies as a capstone.

For further information about the capstone and other available courses, and to discuss which programs might be most appropriate to your interests, please consult the Student Bulletin or visit the Weissman School of Arts and Science, Office of the Dean, to make an appointment to see an advisor.

Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Dean 646 312-3890

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