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Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics - BA

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Hunter Core Requirement

Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core [CCCR], 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: General Education - Effective Fall 2019 .  

Courses/CUNY Common Core Requirement

Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common Core Requirement.


The Department of Economics offers two Economics majors. The first, discussed below, is the Economics - BA, requiring a minimum of 33 credits. In addition, for motivated students, the department offers the opportunity to complete both the BA and MA degrees simulataneously, where 30 of the 126 credits required for graduation are graduate credits. Students interested in this option should click this link: Economics -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.

Courses Required for the Major (33- 46 credits)

Students may place out of MATH 10100 /MATH 101EN , MATH 10150 , MATH 12400 (STEM) /MATH 12500 (STEM) /MATH 12550 (STEM) , MATH 14000 , MATH 15000 (STEM) /MATH 15200 (STEM)  and MATH 15500 (STEM)  requirements without replacing the credits. See the Mathematics and Statistics  department for details.

Students majoring in economics must take:


  1. *must be completed with a grade of C or better to be accepted for credit towards the major.
  2. **must be completed with a grade of C, CR or better to be accepted for credit towards the major and to serve as prerequisites for other courses in the major.

C. Elective courses

The remaining 12 credits needed to complete the 30-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 in elective courses may be at the 100-level. Students may take an optional capstone experience as part of their electives.


*These courses may be counted for credit in more than one program. Students planning on taking more than one semester of calculus should take MATH 15000 (STEM)   rather than MATH 15200 (STEM) .

Additional Information

Majors are advised to complete MATH 15000 (STEM) /MATH 15200 (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. Credits from courses waived through substitution or examination do not count toward the major.

The following courses may not be counted toward the major: ECO 19600 ECO 29600 ECO 26100 ECO 49700 .

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 Certificate  of particular interest. 

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