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Economics, Bachelor of Arts



Economists — and professionals with a solid foundation in the economics — are in greater demand than ever.

The continuing volatility of the world's economies has created a growing need by industries across-the-board for informed economic analyses to aid them in making sound business decisions. Economists help oil the wheels of society by monitoring trends, evaluating the distribution of goods and services and developing forecasts on such vital issues as interest and exchange rates, inflation, consumer demand, energy costs, employment levels and taxes. In addition, given the unprecedented importance of economic decisions, the need for secondary school economics is also intensifying.

You can prepare for these career paths through the 120-credit Bachelor of Arts degree program in Economics at St. John's University, offered by St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Major courses are provided in partnership with The Peter J. Tobin College of Business — taking advantage of the acclaimed resources and faculty of two outstanding University divisions.

Reflecting the University's Vincentian and Catholic values, emphasis is put on the ethical dimensions of business decisions.

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For more information about admission to this and other undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.


To earn a B.A. in Economics, you must complete 120 credits, including core, major sequence, and elective requirements. The major sequence and elective requirements are outlined below. For more information about courses, please see the St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and The Peter J. Tobin College of Business sections of our Undergraduate Bulletin.

Major Sequence — 36 Credits

ECO1301Principles of Economics I3
ECO1302Principles of Economics II3
ECO3303History of Economic Thought3
ECO3341Macroeconomic Theory3
ECO3343Microeconomic Theory3
DS2333Business and Economic Statistics I3
DS2334Business and Economic Statistics II3
In consultation with your departmental advisor, choose five elective courses from among the following offerings:
ECO2309Money and Banking3
ECO3306Comparative Economic Systems3
ECO3307Labor Economics3
ECO3313Public Finance3
ECO3323Economics of State and Local Governments3
ECO3335Mathematical Economics3
ECO3344International Economics3
Introduction to Econometrics 
ECO3346Economic Growth and Development3
ECO3347Urban Economics3
ECO3348Environmental Economics3
ECO4340Managerial Economics3
ECO4350Seminar in Economics3
FIN3310Foundations in Finance3
FIN3316Capital and Money Markets3
FIN3318International Banking and Finance3

Career Outcomes

The program is designed for students interested in getting a broad liberal arts foundation as well as an introduction to cutting-edge economic and finance theories. It provides an excellent preparation for careers in business, law, education, public policy, and advanced graduate study. For more information, please visit Career Services.

Global Approach to Education

You also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as during the winter and summer semesters. You can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location. Visit Global Education for more information. 

Additional Information

As an Economics major at St. John's, you gain a solid foundation in the theory and application of economic concepts and principles. You learn and are mentored by an enormously gifted, internationally known faculty of scholar-teachers who care about each student's progress.

You develop a strong academic and professional edge by joining any of St. John's more than 180 student clubs and organizations. St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also offers a wide range of honor society chapters, including the Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society chapter, to recognize scholastic achievement and connect students to opportunities in their fields.

Facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories, and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our D’Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café, and a full-service food court.

All students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Services have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. 

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