The Hunter College Department of Economics and Accounting has undergraduate and graduate programs in economics. Click below for more information.
- B.A. in Economics
- M.A. in Economics
- Minor in Economics
- B.A./M.A. Program (combining the undergraduate B.A. and graduate M.A. degrees in an accelerated program)
- CUNY’s Ph.D. Program in Economics (located at the Graduate Center)
What is Economics About?
- Economics deals with how best to use scarce resources to satisfy unlimited needs and wants.
- While economists do not claim to have the answer to what people should want, they do have something to say about how to get it.
- Economics is more about how to think than what to think.
What Do Economics Students Learn?
- The economics curriculum stresses:
- the development of general problem-solving skills,
- finding, gathering and interpreting information,
- evaluating alternative courses of action, and
- analyzing the management of resources in both the public and private sectors.
- At the same time, economics students learn about the institutions and rules that shape daily life:
- the monetary system,
- the stock and bond markets, and
- the regulatory system that mandates warning labels on cigarette packs and seat belts in automobiles.
What Can I Do with an Economics Major?
- A major in economics is valuable for those who plan careers in finance, management, law, journalism, or public policy, such as in:
- government, either in research or policy-making positions,
- businesses, financial institutions, labor unions, trade associations and consulting firms, and
- teaching and research in colleges and universities.
- While an undergraduate major in economics does not lead directly to professional accreditation, it provides students with a set of skills that will be useful in almost any path taken.