Why major in Economics?

  • A STEM-like major – While economics is not usually classified as a STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) major, in studies of lifetime salary and employment patterns, economics majors fall into the same class as STEM majors. Virtually all research on career performance and college majors suggests that if a student is able to do a major with technical content like economics, he or she should. For some interesting evidence on salary and major, take a look at payscale.com or the Wall Street Journal’s salary by major search engine.
  • Something for everyone – Economics is at heart a theory of how people make decisions when confronted with scarcity. It can lend insight into a wide range of diverse subjects, such as History, Law, Environment, and Health. Economics majors may maintain an interest in social science and\or humanities while at the same time developing useful technical skills.

    Economics Degree Map

    Freshman Year Sophomore Year
    Fall Spring Fall Spring
    MATH 125 MATH 152 ECO 201 ECO 300
    ENGL 120 ENGL 220 ECO 221 Hunter College Requirement
    Foreign Language Foreign Language Foreign Language Foreign Language
    ECO 100 ECO 200 Hunter College Requirement Hunter College Requirement
    Hunter College Requirement Hunter College Requirement Elective ECO 200/300/400 Elective
    Junior Year Senior Year
    Fall Spring Fall Spring
    ECO 301 ECO 321 ECO 200/300/400 Elective Elective
    ECO 200/300/400 Elective ECO 200/300/400 Elective Elective Elective
    Elective Elective Elective Elective
    Elective Elective Elective Elective
    Hunter College Requirement Elective Elective ECO 400 Capstone

      Other Opportunities 

      • Economics Minor – The economics minor requires that students complete ECO 200 and ECO 201, and two electives for a total of twelve credits. Students may count ECO 100 for credit towards the minor if it was taken prior to ECO 200 and 201. ECO 221 may not be counted towards the minor.
      • Honors – Students who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or better within the major are eligible for Honors. A semester-long research project must be completed with a selected faculty member in ECO 499. Before doing the thesis, students must have completed ECO 300, 301, and 321.
      • BA/MA program – In this program, students simultaneously complete a bachelor’s and a masters degree in economics. If begun early in a student’s career, this can be done with the normal 120 credits required for a BA degree, although some students find that additional time is necessary. Read more here.
      • The 700 level courses – 700-level courses are graduate courses, and are primarily intended for BA/MA students and MA students. However, advanced students, students attempting department Honors, and other students with a strong background in mathematics can, and should, take these advanced courses to further expand their knowledge of economics.

      Full-time Faculty

      A list of full-time faculty with courses taught, research interests, and publications can be found here.


      A description of advising services offered by the department is here.

      Further Questions?

      Further questions about the major, and how best to go about negotiating it can be found by consulting the Economics Majors’ FAQ.