Economics - B.S.

Economics is a social science that examines the production, distribution, sales and purchases of goods and services. It is a global force that influences business and government, and permeates every aspect of our lives.

Why Choose Economics

The Well-Rounded Education

Both the School of Business and the School of Liberal Arts offer economics degrees. So which do you choose? Pursuing an economics degree in the School of Business (B.S.) is ideal if you:

  • Excel at and enjoy mathematics
  • Want to pursue hands-on economics such as trading or studying financial markets
  • Want to pursue a master’s degree or Ph.D. in economics
  • Are interested in taking business-centric electives
  • Want to double major in finance or another business program

Whether you pursue a B.S. or a B.A. in economics, you will study a liberal arts core at Manhattan College. These are the classes that hone your writing, interpersonal and critical thinking skills. Your business courses round out your education and provide the more technical, quantitative skills.

The Real World Preparation

Real world preparation starts in the classroom. Our professors are trusted experts in the field of economics. They are published authors and world-class researchers. They hold students to a high academic standard, and this is evident in the success of our graduates. In today’s competitive job market, economics graduates are working for:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • American Express
  • Bloomberg
  • JP Morgan

Outside of the classroom, you have one of the world’s greatest economic centers at your disposal. As an undergraduate student, you may have the chance to:

  • Tour New York City’s economic landmarks from Wall Street to the New York Stock Exchange
  • Conduct one-on-one research with a faculty member
  • Intern at a Fortune 500 company
  • Take part in the College Fed Challenge, a rigorous academic competition judged by economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The Facilities

The School of Business boasts a state-of-the-art finance lab outfitted with professional technology used in the industry. It is open during the day as a classroom and remains open until late in the evening for students who need to use the equipment for market-based group projects. Because class sizes are small, you often get to work with the technology individually. You have the opportunity to learn using live market data, which adds a practical element to theoretical topics. The lab includes:

  • A full-sized, real-time stock ticker
  • Two large flat panel TVs with scrolling financial data
  • HP 8200 series desktops with 22-inch dual monitors equipped with Morningstar Direct
  • 11 Bloomberg Terminals that offer:
    • Real-time and historic price data from around the world
    • Company financial data
    • Trading news
    • Analyst coverage
    • Professional analytic tools

What Will You Learn?

Choosing to major in economics will provide you with a strong understanding of:

  • Corporate finance
  • Options
  • Derivatives
  • Macro & microeconomics
  • Accounting
  • Financial markets
  • Risk and return
  • Monetary policy

Economics is offered as a major and a minor. Students are encouraged to pursue a dual degree in economics and finance, which is officially recognized by the CFA Institute. This status is only given to schools whose degree programs cover at least 70% of the material that appears on the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam, which is the certification needed to become a qualified investment or financial professional. Manhattan’s professors teach CFA review courses in-house at no extra cost, so students can go into the exam feeling confident.

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What Will You Do?

A B.S. in economics prepares students for graduate school, work in research or consulting, as well as work in the private and public sectors. Many of these careers require the technical and interpersonal skills acquired while enrolled in this program.

Manhattan College has played a huge role in my career, between the networking opportunities and the relationships I’ve built with professors and students, which I know will stick with me wherever I go. I would not do anything differently, and being a Jasper has certainly been an amazing experience.

Christina Costas ’12, Economics and finance major, manager of Global Corporate Payments Strategy at American Express