The Department of Economics at Hunter College has undergraduate and graduate programs in economics. The department offers a B.A. in economics, and an M.A. in economics, as well as a minor in economics. The B.A./M.A. program combines the undergraduate B.A. and graduate M.A. degrees in an accelerated program. CUNY’s Ph.D. program in economics is located at the Graduate Center.
What is Economics About?
Here’s one definition of economics: the social science that 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; predicting the consequences of decisions; 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?
Many professional economists work in government, either in research or policy-making positions. Some are employed by businesses, financial institutions, labor unions, trade associations and consulting firms. Still others are involved in 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 point of view and a set of skills that will be useful in almost any path taken after the completion of the major. A major in economics is especially valuable for those who plan careers in finance, management, law, journalism, or public policy.
For more information, see Careers for Economics Majors