Undergraduate Programs in

Economics

Economics is woven into the fabric of our society. It is the engine that drives and shapes public policy, determining how individuals and families live and work, how business and industry operate – in short, how the world works. If you’re curious about people and human behavior, have an interest in history and political science, and enjoy the structure and reasoning of mathematical-style analysis, you’d do well majoring in economics.

Why Economics?

As an economics student at Hofstra, you will learn about every level of economics – from how people go about the everyday business of making a living, to how our shared actions and attitudes affect the livelihoods of every person on the planet. You will be exposed to a wide variety of ideas about how corporate, regional, national, and international economies grow and change over time. And you will gain insights into how sound economic policies influence and inform nearly every aspect of society.

Programs and Courses

Studying economics, you will learn about important problems, understand future challenges, and see how challenges of the past have been overcome. You will analyze events – how their consequences have repercussions – regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

All economics students at Hofstra receive a thorough grounding in basic economics principles, including micro- and macroeconomics, historical economic theory, mathematical methods, and econometrics. From there, your program will diverge depending on whether you choose to pursue a BA or BS in Economics. View our undergraduate courses

BA Programs

BA in Economics

Students in the BA in Economics program gain a deeper understanding of economic theories and their effect on society, often as a precursor to a government, academic, or consulting career. The BA is great preparation for graduate study in law or business administration.

BA in Mathematical Economics

The BA in Mathematical Economics focuses more on the use of analytical tools to understand broader economic issues. Students in this program often pursue careers in government, consulting, or academic research.

BA in Labor Studies

The BA in Labor Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that lets you explore both sides of the labor/management equation. You will learn about the impact of historical events as well as the changing nature of local, national, and international industries and workplaces.

BS Programs

BS in Economics

The BS in Economics focuses on the practical aspects of economics as preparation for students who plan to work in the corporate world. You’ll explore specific business disciplines more deeply and discover how economic theory and practices interact with individual businesses and industries. You will take electives at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.

BS in Mathematical Business Economics

Students in the BS in Mathematical Business Economics use quantitative analytics to address specific needs in the corporate world, grooming themselves for careers as economists, actuaries, investment managers, financial planners, marketing managers, and more. 

For Your Consideration

Double Major, Minor, Dual Degrees

Many students choose to pursue double majors, combining economics with political science, philosophy, or other social sciences, or with various business disciplines or pre-law.

We also offer a minor in economics. In addition, students may opt for an accelerated dual degree program that leads to either a BA or BS in Economics/MBA degree. Hofstra's dual degree programs allow you to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in less time than if each degree was pursued separately.

In the Classroom

Learn from the Experts

Our faculty is diverse and international, which provides a real-life, global dimension to your studies. We are also engaged in relevant and important research, which enables us to constantly enliven our classes with discussions of up-to-date theoretical and real-world debates and issues.

Internships

We encourage students, particularly those in our business economics program, to acquire professional experiences through internships with local and regional businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit institutions. These opportunities let students explore different careers, learn general business skills, and explore the practical application of their studies. What’s more, many internships have led to eventual full-time jobs with the same employer, or in the same area of business or government.

According to a survey of recent alumni who majored in economics, 75% completed at least one internship during their time at Hofstra. 

Examples of recent internship opportunities:

  • Central American Refugee Center

  • Edward Jones Investments

  • Ernst & Young, LLP

  • Foresters Financial

  • Goldman Sachs

  • Northwell Health

  • Queens Supreme Court

  • Wells Fargo

JP Morgan internship

The Outlook

Economics students at Hofstra are ready to achieve success in academic, corporate, government, and nonprofit jobs, or to pursue an advanced degree. Majoring in economics signals to employers across all industries that you possess a highly prized set of skills and talents – critical thinking, the ability to do qualitative and quantitative research, and a deep, abiding curiosity about the world.

Job growth for this major is projected to increase about 14% by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies. For students with a business/managerial economics degree, job growth is expected to rise about 20%.

According to responses from a survey of recent alumni:

93%

of respondents in this major reported they were employed or attending or planning to attend graduate school within a year of graduation. 

Some examples of the prestigious institutions where our graduates are pursuing advanced degrees include:

  • Brown University

  • Columbia University

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • New York University

  • Penn State University

  • University of California, Los Angeles

  • Yale University

85%

of alumni reporting employment said they had landed their position within six month of graduation. While 77% said they landed their position within three months of graduation. Examples of where they are working include:

  • Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

  • Chase Bank

  • Empire Financial Partners of New York

  • Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

  • Prudential Financial, Inc.

  • Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management

  • Wells Fargo

$42K

is the mean reported annual salary among recent alumni in this major for their first year after graduation. 

Office Information

Room 200 Barnard Hall
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Senior Executive Secretary
Sharron Papaccio
Phone: 516-463-5592

Department Chair

Dr. Roberto Mazzoleni
Professor of Economics
Phone: 516-463-5593
Room 200B Barnard Hall
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