The Hunter College Department of Economics and Accounting has undergraduate and graduate programs in economics. Click below for more information.

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.

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