Jan 21, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics - BA

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Foundational Courses

Foundational Courses include courses in Economics and prerequisites to these courses. These courses must be completed early in the major. Students with appropriate background may be exempted from some or all Foundational Courses. See department for proper placement.

Note: Several courses leading to (foundational) or within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core [CCC], Hunter Focus, Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement  

Courses CUNY Common Core Foundational or Major
MATH 12500  Math & Quantitative Reasoning Foundational
MATH 15000   Math & Quantitative Reasoning Foundational
ECO 20000   Scientific World Foundational
ECO 20100   Individual & Society Foundational

*Note: Please note MATH 12500 may not need to be taken; it is dependent upon math placement exam.


The Department of Economics offers two Economics majors. The first, discussed below, is the Economics - BA, requiring a minimum of 24 credits beyond the foundational courses. In addition, for motivated students, the department offers the opportunity to complete both the BA and MA degrees simulataneously, where 30 of the 120 credits required for graduation are graduate credits. Students interested in this option should click this link: Economics - Accelerated BA/MA  

Grade Options

The department strongly urges economics majors who plan to go on to graduate or professional school to choose letter grades rather than CR/NC.

Major- 24 credits

Students majoring in economics must take:

A. Courses Preliminary to the Economics Major

Additional Information

Although required, neither ECO 20000 nor ECO 20100 are counted as part of the 24 credits in the major. While it is preferable to start with ECO 20000, students may begin the study of economics with either ECO 20000  or ECO 20100 . If they wish a one-semester survey before embarking on the principles courses, they may take ECO 10000 , but this is not required. If taken, ECO 10000 cannot be substituted for either ECO 20000 or 20100 or credited toward the major.

B. Core of the Economics Major

C. Allied Required Course

Additional Information

Majors are advised to complete MATH 15000 (STEM)  and ECO 22100  within their first 75 credits of college work and ECO 30000  or ECO 30100  within their first 90 credits. For students already at or beyond these points when they become majors, such courses should be taken within the first 12 credits following declaration of the major. The department may waive the requirement of any of the above or other courses upon satisfactory proof of course equivalency. Courses waived through substitution or examination do not provide course credit nor do they count toward the major.

D. Elective courses

The remaining 12 credits needed to complete the 24-credit major shall be satisfied by other economics courses offered by the department. No courses in accounting or business law may be credited toward the economics major. No more than 3 credits may be at the 100-level (note: ECO 10000 , ECO 19600 , and ECO 29600  cannot be counted.)

Minor in Economics

Interdepartmental Fields

Students with majors in other departments may take courses in economics as part of an interdepartmental program of study in public policy, Latin American and Caribbean studies, environmental studies (geography), women’s and gender studies and Jewish social studies. Listings in each area discuss recommended courses.


Students may receive one credit for internships in government agencies, private firms, and not-for-profit institutions. The position must provide opportunities for learning about some area of economics, accounting, or business. The course may be taken no more than twice. Credits may not be applied towards the economics or accounting major. Internships will be graded on a CR/NC basis. Note that it is the responsibility of the student, not the Department, to identify internship opportunities.


Students with a 3.5 GPA in a major offered by the department and an overall 2.8 GPA at the beginning of their upper senior semester may apply for departmental honors at that time. Completion of the following and submission of an honors paper are required. Honors papers are written under faculty supervision and must be approved by a second reader as well. GPA levels must be maintained for the award of departmental honors.

Public Policy

Economics majors may find both the minor and the Certificate Program in Public Policy  of particular interest. 

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