QC Economics

DECLARING A MAJOR DURING COVID-19

To declare an Economics Major please follow these steps!

APPLYING FOR THE BBA PROGRAM

The BBA application deadline has been extended to 9/25/2020. We will start collecting applications on July 1, 2020. If you are interested and have a GPA of at least 3.3 for the four required courses, you can download and fill out the form then send it to qcbbaprogram@qc.cuny.edu after July 1, 2020. Historically, however, we only accept students whose GPA in the four required courses is 3.3 or higher.

Note: Career Services is being run virtually. Please visit: www.qc.cuny.edu/career


CONTACTING THE DEPARTMENT – SPRING AND SUMMER 2020

Due to the COVID-19 virus, our physical office will be closed.

COVID-19 Faculty Resource Guide

For general assistance please email the department at: econdept@qc.cuny.edu. Alternatively, visit our faculty page to find the email addresses of our faculty. Please feel free to send your questions to the appropriate faculty member.

Students looking for in-department registration for Summer and/or Fall 2020 courses should email Carolina Acosta-Clark (cacosta@qc.cuny.edu) and Dianne Marin (dmarin@qc.cuny.edu) with the following information:
-Their name and CUNYFirst ID
-The 4- or 5-digit course code of the class (4 digits for Summer courses; 5 digits for Fall) in which they’d like to be enrolled
-The course (ex: ECON 101, BUS 250, etc.)
Please be sure to include all of the points listed above, as incomplete registration requests cannot be processed.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT OFFER PRE-REGISTRATION***

Visit this page for information on student advisement.

The American Economics Association has launched an informational video entitled "A career in Economics . . . it's much more than you think." This 9-minute film is aimed at anyone who may be investigating economics as a career option but are unclear how broadly a degree in economics can be applied. Available free at the AEA website and on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/135871291.

You can access some of our working papers on RePEc.


A Conversation with Michael Minikes ’65

Students recently attended a Professionals off Campus event hosted by Michael Minikes ’65, managing director and vice-chairman of J.P. Morgan Prime Brokerage.


Queens College students Daniel Baruch, Max Fruchter, and Shlomo Sandler won the nationwide TD Ameritrade U 2017 thinkorswim Challenge, sponsored by TD Ameritrade. It is a remarkable achievement from our students. They finished first, competing against around 930 teams from more than 325 college. Max Fruchter is majoring in finance and economics. Daniel Baruch is majoring Physics and his main interest is the effects of global events on financial markets. Shlomo Sandler is majoring in accounting. Daniel, Max and Shlomo had the opportunity to go to Chicago November 20 for a ceremony held at the TD Ameritrade thinkorswim office in Chicago, IL. They went also to NASDAQ the following week.



As a result of this major win, Queens College got a $30,000 prize which will help to fund our own trading competition that is taking place every semester. Our competition, in coordination with the Social Science Department and the Experiential Education at QC, provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in financial markets. They learn a lot not only about theory but mainly about the reality of the markets, how to find and use data, how it can be difficult to implement a strategy and how it can be complex. Our competition is using simulated trading accounts through TD Ameritrade's thinkorswim platform.

"We are so proud of Daniel, Max, and Shlomo for their excellent work, which will help to ensure that our students can participate in these competitions for years to come," said Queens College President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez. "As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, these students' sterling representation of the college on the national stage again confirms that this is an institution that prepares its students to excel in the most challenging fields."

QC Trading Competition Fall 2017

Since 2016, the Economics & Business Club and the Economics Department in association with the Department of Social Science and working with Experiential Education at QC organize each semester a Trading Competition within Queens College. We get Ameritrade as a free trading platform and it is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the markets and to face the reality of investing or trading.

The trading competition this semester, fall 2017, took place from 9/26/2017 to 11/17/2017, and 76 students participated, not only from the economics department but also from other departments.



The winners were:
First place: Lucas Martinez 67.83% return
Second place: Eyob Abay 33.45%
Third place: Vanessa Jan 27.79%
Fourth place: Mordy Yager 18.59%
Fifth place: Gabriela Kobylska 12.22%
Sixth place: Aziz Khan 10.60%
Seventh place: Dominic Bracy 7.05%
Eighth place: Andleeb Khushnood 5.76%
Ninth place: Maryam Deanna Jaafar 5.40%
Tenth place: Allen Yazdan 4.19%

The award ceremony for the competition took place Wednesday December 6 and winners got their money prize.

It has been a great motivating experience again; students learn a lot not only about theory but mainly about the reality of the markets, how to find and use data, how it can be difficult to implement a strategy and how it can be complex.

Professor Feliciano's research on potential tax exemptions for U.S. Corporations in Puerto Rico has made the front page of El Nuevo:



Internship for Economics (ECO 393)
In the summer of 2018, under the direction of Prof. Schiro Withanachchi, students from ECO 393 obtained real-world experience while enhancing the knowledge they gained in their academic courses. Students worked as a Tax Intern at Deloitte, a Financial Analyst at the National Institute of Health, an Operations Intern at CBS Sports, an Operations Assistant at Federal Credit Union, a Wealth Management Intern at Morgan Stanley, and an Assistant Financial Advisor at a private Southampton Tennis Club. The virtual and in-person presentations exhibited students' insight into career interests through this experiential-learning.