Welcome to the Economics Department at Foothill College

*For more information regarding prerequisites for Economics, please see below.

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Economics is the study of how society allocates scarce resources such as land, labor and 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, 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). 

Why Major in Economics?

A major in Economics is excellent undergraduate preparation for students who wish to enter the legal profession, politics, government services 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, international finance and international trade.  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.

Courses in Economics

We are offering a number of excellent courses including:

Information Regarding 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:

  • Determine which placement test is best for you
  • Schedule your appointment (as soon as possible!)
    If you have completed MATH 220 (Beginning Algebra) at another college, you will need to show that you have satisfied the requirement. Visit our Admission & Registration Prerequisites page to learn how to Clear a Prerequisite Hold.

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

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    For more information,
    please contact:

    Brian Evans
    Economics Instructor
    (650) 949-7575

    Jay Patyk
    Economics Instructor
    (650) 949-7471