Zicklin Undergraduate Programs


BBA in Economics

The BBA in Economics is offered by the Department of Economics and Finance. This major prepares students for entry-level positions in business, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and private consulting. This work includes economic analysis, research, and empirical analysis.

Students choosing an economics major are advised that a position as a professional economist usually requires a graduate degree in economics. Students planning to enter a graduate program in economics are strongly recommended to include advanced courses in mathematics, statistics, and econometrics in their undergraduate programs.

The BBA required courses form a foundational of knowledge in micro- and macro-economics, respectively. These courses are prerequisites for all other economics courses.

An internship training program is available to qualified day seniors majoring in economics, with 3 credits a semester for 20 weekly hours of work and for no more than two semesters. These credits cannot be counted toward the credits needed for the major.

The economics major includes three required courses (9 credits) and five electives (15 credits). Economics majors should plan on taking all three required courses, especially ECO 4000, as early in their major program as possible. When registering, students should keep in mind that these courses are not given every semester and should plan their courses accordingly, particularly when the course is a prerequisite for further courses in the field.

PDF Version of Degree Requirements (entered Baruch prior to Fall 2021)
PDF Version of Degree Requirements (entered Baruch Fall 2021 or later)

Required Courses (9 credits)
ECO 3100 Intermediate Micro-Economics 3
ECO 3200 Intermediate Macro-Economics 3
ECO 4000 Statistical Analysis for Economics and Finance 3
Elective Courses (15 credits)

In addition to the required courses, an economics major must take a meaningful combination of five economics, finance, or insurance courses at the 3000-level or higher as electives. Of these five courses, at least two must be economics courses at the 4000-level or higher.

FIN 3000 is not applicable to the major, although it is a prerequisite to other finance courses. When appropriate, a student may include up to two advanced courses from other disciplines among the five electives. These courses must be meaningfully integrated and approved by the department advisor.

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BA in Economics

A BA degree with a major in economics deals with concepts, techniques, and cases in economics that acquaint the student with the general economic problems of modern society. This degree provides students with an excellent general background for a wide range of challenging business careers.

There are several prerequisites for the major. The major itself includes three required courses (9 credits) and five electives (15 credits).

Prerequisites, Required Courses, and Electives

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Career Opportunities

Economics majors are employed by government, nonprofit organizations, industrial corporations and financial institutions such as banks and brokerage houses. Economists do economic analyses of various markets, do pricing studies, determine the effects that government policies have on their businesses, and analyze the implications of international economic events for their operations. All levels of government, as well as international organizations, hire economists to do economic analyses and planning. A graduate degree is desirable but not necessary for most jobs in economics. The exception is an academic job, which generally requires a Ph.D. for entry or advancement. As in all professions, people with graduate degrees command higher salaries and often have better opportunities for advancement. See the website of Baruch’s STARR Career Development Center and the video from American Economic Association for more information about careers in economics.