B.A. degree program in economics
HEGIS code 2204
NYS SED program code 01889

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The B.A. degree program in Economics allows students to choose from three concentrations: financial and international economics, urban economics and public policy, and economic analysis. The BA in economics develops critical thinking and communication skills that come with a liberal arts degree, rather than specific skills and knowledge useful to businesses. By combining liberal arts critical thinking skills with analytical skills, a BA prepares students for a broad range of private and public sector careers, as well as for graduate study.

Program/Department Advisers

Office Hours
Wang, Chun UG Deputy 718.951.5000 x2094 216 Whitehead Hall cwang @ brooklyn.cuny.edu by appointment


Department requirements (34-38 credits)
The department chair may allow substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program.

a. All of the following: Economics 2100, 2200; Economics 3400 or Business 3400 or Mathematics 1501 or 2501 or 3501 or Sociology 2112 or Psychology 3400; Economics 3410 or Mathematics 1231 or Mathematics 1201 or Mathematics 2101.

b. Economics 4400W or Business 4400W.

c. At least one of the following courses: Economics 3102, 3202.

d. One of the following three concentrations:

1. Financial and International Economics:
Any four courses from Economics 3320, 3332, 3342, 3352, 3362, 3370, 3375, 3378, 4102, 5102, 5112, 5302, 5312, 5322, 5402, 5602.

2. Urban Economics and Public Policy:
Any four courses from Economics 3154, 3212, 3222, 3232, 3242, 3252, 3253, 3254, 5202, 5212, 5222, 5402, 5602.

3. Economic Analysis:
Economics 3102 and 3202, one of which can be used to satisfy requirement c.
Any three Economics courses from the Financial and International Economics or Urban Economics and Public Policy concentrations.

e. One additional course selected from those listed under c or d, but not used to meet requirements in b) or c) or d) above.

Students considering graduate work in economics are strongly encouraged to take Economics 4422 and the Economic Analysis concentration.

Students must achieve a grade of C- or better in each course submitted in satisfaction of Department requirements a, b, c, d and e, and an average grade of C for courses satisfying said major requirements.

Note: Only courses submitted in fulfillment of requirements b,c,d and e qualify as "advanced courses" in Economics.

Writing-Intensive Requirement:
Students are required to take at least one writing-intensive course (W course).
Residence requirement:
Candidates for a bachelor's degree are required to complete at least 30 credits at Brooklyn College, including no fewer than 15 credits in advanced courses in the major department, which must be completed with a grade of C or higher in each course.