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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in 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.

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.

Online Courses for Economics

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see the Class Schedule 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.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency: Select one of the following
ENGL 1A Composition & Reading 5
ENGL 1AH Honors Composition & Reading 5
ESLL 26 Advanced Composition & Reading 5
or equivalent    
Mathematics Proficiency:
College-level math course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra

A minimum of 90 units is required* 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)

*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.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses

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

Support Courses (13 units)

Select 13 units from the following:

BUSI 45 Fundamentals of Personal Finance 4
ECON 54H Honors Institute Seminar in Economics 1
ECON 70R Independent Study in Economics 1
ECON 71R Independent Study in Economics 2
ECON 72R Independent Study in Economics 3
ECON 73R Independent Study in Economics 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 Social Research Methods & Designs 5
Total Units   31
Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a complete list of degree requirements, please visit Economics 2023-2024 Degree & Certificates.

Based on the 2023 - 2024 degree program.