2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, AA



The Economics degree builds upon a theoretical foundation and statistical training that prepares students to think analytically and critically to solve complex problems as well as to recognize the component of human behavior reflecting economics as a social science. The Associate of Arts Degree with an Economics Emphasis offers the choice between a General Economics track and an Applied Financial Economics (AFE) track. The General Economics track is a general transfer program for students who are planning to transfer to a baccalaureate-level program. The AFE program will assist in preparing students for a multitude of investment and risk management licenses for those seeking to continue in that path. Completion of the AFE track will include an Internship in Financial Economics with interactive participation of financial institutions.


Academic Maps: AA Economics     


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish between alternative forms of market structure and their resulting social impact.
  2. Utilize the language of economics to form reasoned judgments about contemporary issues.
  3. Interpret and manipulate economic data.
  4. Create an individual financial plan that utilizes investment science and risk management to optimize decision making processes.

General Education Requirements



Mathematics (3 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level MATH course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

Recommended: MATH 124 or 124E.

Required: Must earn a C or higher.

  • or   or above
  • REMINDER: If a student does not place into the correct college-level MATH course, they are required to complete a preparatory or prerequisite course(s) or attempt to gain a higher score on the MATH placement exam. Such preparatory or prerequisite courses are not part of the degree, may delay degree completion, and will cause the student to complete more credits than the total listed on this degree.

English Composition (6-8 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level ENG course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

Required: Must earn a C or higher in both courses.

Literature (3 Credits)

Analytical Reasoning (3 Credits)

Recommended: PHIL 102.

Natural Science (6-7 Credits)

Two courses from the following, one must include a lab.

Fine Arts (3 Credits)

Values and Diversity

All students MUST fulfill this requirement. Course chosen may also be used to fulfill the corresponding general education or special program requirements.

Recommended: ECON 180.

Special Program Requirements



Choose one from the following (3 Credits)

Social Science/World Languages (8-9 Credits)

Nine credits from at least two different disciplines or 8 credits in two courses in the same language.

  • any ANTH prefix course (except ANTH 102 and ANTH 110L) 
  • or  any GLO prefix course
  • or   or above
  • or  any PSY prefix course
  • or  any SOC prefix course
  • or  
  • or  World Languages 111 or above (8 credits in two courses in the same language; this includes the following
    course prefixes: ARA, ARM, CHI, FIL, FREN, GER, GRE, ITAL, JPN, KOR, LAT, PORT, RUS,
    SPAN, and THAI).