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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in Economics

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, on the other hand, focuses on the role of individual decision-makers - consumers and firms – and analyzes the efficiencies and failures of a market system. The role of the 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).

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.

Associate Degree Requirements

Units required for Major: 30
English proficiency:
ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 108 or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.

A minimum of 90 units is required to include

  • Completion of one of the following general eduation patterns:
    • Foothill General Education
    • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or
    • the Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (18 units)
  • Support courses (12 units)
  • Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

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.

Online Courses for Economics

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see online Schedule of Classes for verification.

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.

Core Courses (18 units)

ECON 1A Principles of Macroeconomics 5
ECON 1B Principles of Microeconomics 5
ECON 9 Political Economy 4
or POLI 9 Political Economy 4
ECON 25 The Global Economy 4


Support Courses (12 units)

BUSI 53 Survey of International Business 4
GEOG 5 Introduction to Economic Geography 4
or GEOG 10 World Regional Geography 4
MATH 1A Calculus 5
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 5
or PSYC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
or SOC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
PSYC 10 Research Methods & Designs 5
or SOC 10 Research Methods & Designs 5
Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a complete list of degree requirements, please visit Economics 2020-2021 Degree & Certificates.

Based on the 2020 - 2021 degree program.