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About the Program

Economics is the study of how we allocate scarce resources to satisfy our unlimited wants. Economics also helps us understand historical trends, interpret today's news and make optimal life decisions. 

Why Study Economics?

The study of economics 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, 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 role of government in correcting inefficient market outcomes 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).

The study of economics can also provide valuable insights when it comes to making important life choices, such as learning to identify costs and benefits, how to employ marginal analysis, and how to make optimal decisions. 

6% Projected growth for economists through 2024

Transfer Students

Career Opportunities

A major in economics can prepare you for a wide range of careers, including legal and government work or a job in banking and finance.

Graduate degrees are necessary for those who wish to teach at the college or university level and also afford opportunities for banking careers at the higher management levels and in the fields of securities analysis, finance, international finance and international trade.


What can you do with a degree in economics?

  • Actuary
  • Credit Analyst
  • Economic Consultant
  • Lawyer
  • Management Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst 

Degree & Program Types

Check out this list for a quick view of our economics programs. For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Arts Degree

  • Economics


Prerequisites for Econ 1A & 1B. 

California State Law now requires all students to satisfy an Elementary Algebra (Math 220) prerequisite prior to enrolling in Econ 1A & 1B. Students may satisfy the prerequisite through one of the following options:

OPTION 1: Take the math placement test


OPTION 2: Prerequisite Clearance

If you have completed Math 220 at another college, you will need to show that you have satisfied the requirement.


OPTION 3: Complete Math 220 with a grade of C or better



We offer a number of excellent courses. See our course catalog for descriptions and links to the schedule of classes currently available.

  • ECON 1A (5 units) – Macroeconomics
  • ECON 1B (5 units) – Microeconomics
  • ECON 25 (4 units) – The Global Economy
  • ECON 9 / POLI 9 (4 units) – Political Economy
  • ECON 54H (1 unit) – Econ Honors Seminar


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Economics Department


RM 3007, Main Campus

Division Office Contacts

Kurt Hueg, Division Dean
To meet with the dean, contact the Student & Faculty Support Center.
Business & Social Sciences Division


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