2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook (Unofficial) 
    May 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook (Unofficial)

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.


Explore the link below for transfer pathways to various institutions.

CSN Associate of Arts in Economics Map for Undecided Transfer  


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


300-level and above courses cannot be used to satisfy GE requirements.
Courses with a B suffix (i.e. 100B) cannot be used to satisfy general education or degree requirements for Associate of Arts, Associate of Business, and Associate of Science degrees. B suffix courses may not be transferable within NSHE.

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 grade of 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 grade of C or higher in both courses.

Analytical Reasoning (3 Credits)

Recommended: PHIL 102.

Natural Science (7 Credits)

Seven credits of coursework to include at least one laboratory experience.

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.

ENG 231  or ENG 232  or ECON 180  fulfills this requirement. 

Major Requirements



Electives (10 Credits)

Must complete at least 10 credits of 100-level or higher courses, excluding those with the B designation (example 100B), that are NOT listed under General Education or Major Requirements on this degree.  It is recommended to consult with a counselor or advisor to determine your options.