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About the Program

Why We Study Economics

When you think of the word “economics,” what comes to mind?

You may be surprised to know that at its foundation, economics is a study of human behavior. Economics considers the inevitable trade-offs that come with the choices that we make, and the costs and benefits related to those decisions.

Studying economics will provide you with a new framework with which to understand the world.

The critical thinking skills you gain will make you an informed voter, a better citizen, and a more effective decision-maker.

Virtually every industry, from high-end finance to non-profits who provide vital support to underserved populations, need employees with an economic skill set.


Want to succeed? Take an introductory Econ course.

Listen to this Marketplace Podcast from Jan. 28, 2020 to learn why—with David Brancaccio and Daniel Shin.

Questions Economists Ask

  • What causes inequality gaps (and how do we fix them)?
  • Why are homes so expensive in the Bay Area?
  • How can we support low-income families?
  • What policies can lower greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the worst effects of climate change?
  • What is the deal with bitcoin? What is money?

Two Type of Degrees at Foothill

A.A. – An Economics Associate in Arts allows you to transfer to a four-year school of your choice or start working right away. You’ll develop a broad knowledge of the economy and market systems as well as valuable insights on identifying costs and benefits and making optimal decisions.

A.A.-T – With an Economics Associate in Arts for Transfer, you can learn your Economics fundamentals and also prepare for transfer to California State Universities (CSU).

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

What Students Say

“Economics will allow you to recognize options in life that will optimize your future.” – Carlos, Class of 2016 and Economics major at UC Davis


By studying Economics, you acquire tools that can help you answer the questions you have about how the world works. Whether it's healthcare or education that most captures your attention, Economics helps you develop a greater understanding of the world around you.

–Anita, Class of 2019 and Economics major at Vanderbilt

Meet Anita


Meet Kristal

“When I changed my major to economics, I really began to understand how others’ biases affect what homes we can purchase, educational tests we must take or even what Airbnb’s we’re approved for. The depth in which economics dives into social, political and economic policies that affect people of color really surprised me. I’ve learned more through economics than I have in any other class.”

–Krystal, Economics major and transfer student


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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