The study of economics focuses, in large part, on how various societies deal with scarcity.
Economists delve deeply into the arrangements that societies make to solve this fundamental human problem. Students explore the basic ideas of economics as developed by ancient civilizations and as further shaped by such seminal theorists as Smith, Ricardo, Malthus, Marx, Keynes and Friedman.
The economics program, situated within the SJC Brooklyn Department of Social Sciences, offers a major in social sciences with a concentration in economics as well as a minor in economics. Program graduates gain admittance to graduate programs in such varied fields as economics, business, law and public policy, and they find employment in both public and private enterprises.
Program faculty work closely with other programs — from business and accounting to sociology and political science — to promote knowledge and understanding of essential economics concepts and methods, especially as viewed in a larger social context.