Academic Catalog

Economics

Program Description

Economics is the study of how society allocates scarce resources (land, labor, capital) in an attempt to satisfy unlimited wants. It is broadly divided into two branches: Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. Macroeconomics is concerned with the workings of the economy as a whole. It is the study of broad measures of economic performance: Gross Domestic Product (GDP), unemployment, and inflation. Given these measures, it considers the role of the government in guiding the macroeconomy. Microeconomics focuses on the role of individual decision-makers—consumers and firms—and analyzes the efficiencies and failures of a market system. The potential role of government to wholly or partially correct market failures is then considered. The two branches approach the fundamental questions of resource allocation from opposite sides: one from the perspective of the economy as a whole (macroeconomics) and one from the perspective of the individual agents in the economy (microeconomics).

Learn more about the program on the Economics website.

Associate Degree for Transfer

This program also offers an Associate Degree for Transfer. Learn more and review the degree requirements on the Economics AA-T listing.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Have a working understanding of the role of prices in a market economy, trade, economic growth, competition, market failures and the economic role of government.
  • Employ economic reasoning and logic to explain the world and make better decisions.

Career Opportunities

A major in economics is excellent undergraduate preparation for students who wish to enter the legal profession, politics, government service or teaching. Graduate degrees are necessary for those who wish to teach at the college or university level. Graduate degrees in economics also afford opportunities for banking careers at the higher management levels and in the fields of securities analysis, finance and, increasingly, in the fields of international finance and international trade. An economics major is highly recommended for entry into Master of Business Administration programs. Statistics and calculus are strongly encouraged for students intending to pursue a baccalaureate degree in economics.

Award Type(s)

  • AA = Associate in Arts Degree

Units Required

  • Major: 31

Additional Information

Note: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
Select one of the following:
MATH 105INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA5
MATH 180QUANTITATIVE REASONING5
or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking

A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (18 units)
  • Support courses (13 units)

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
ECON 1APRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS5
ECON 1BPRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS5
ECON 9POLITICAL ECONOMY4
or ECON 9H HONORS POLITICAL ECONOMY
or POLI 9 POLITICAL ECONOMY
or POLI 9H HONORS POLITICAL ECONOMY
ECON 25THE GLOBAL ECONOMY4
Support Courses
Select 13 units from the following:13
SURVEY OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
CALCULUS
HONORS CALCULUS I
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
or SOC 7
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
RESEARCH METHODS & DESIGNS
RESEARCH METHODS & DESIGNS
HONORS INSTITUTE SEMINAR IN ECONOMICS
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ECONOMICS
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ECONOMICS
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ECONOMICS
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ECONOMICS
Total Units31