Liberal Arts AA – Economics Option

Code: AA.LA.ECON

The Associate in Arts (AA) Degree, Economics Option, is designed to present students with introductory & intermediate level courses to build a solid foundation in economic thinking and reasoning as well as understanding of fundamental concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics theory before students transfer to a four-year institution to complete their bachelor degree. The program promotes technical communication skills, analytical thinking, and problem solving through theoretical and practical learning methods. Students explore topics such as inflation, recession, unemployment, money & banking, fiscal & monetary policies, exchange rate movements, externalities & public goods as well as behavior of firms in pricing of products/resources and determining quantity of outputs/factors of production in different market environments.

 

Program learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate the way in which economists examine the real world to understand current events.
  • State and support their own views on economic issues addressed in their courses, in written, oral, and graphical forms, with logical rigor and clarity.
  • Understand the importance as well as the limitations of empirical evidence in evaluating the validity of economic models.
  • Evaluate and utilize economic data found on the Internet and other sources.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and quantitative reasoning skills to address economic or policy problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of major economic events that have shaped and determined the course of the economic history.

Career Pathways

     
     
     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

 
 PHR / LAN

Humanities Elective**

Recommended: PHR-101, PHR-111, or 2 semesters of World Languages.

3
 MAT

Mathematics Elective*†

Recommended: MAT-130, MAT-150, or MAT-155
refer to MAT electives in the General Education Section

3-4
  Free Electives 
Recommended: IST-123 Success 101
 3
ECO-101Principles of Macroeconomics

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Second Semester

 MAT/CIS/INF    

Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective

Recommended: MAT-130, MAT-155, CIS-158, INF-101

3-4

 PHR / LAN

Humanities Elective**

Recommended: PHR-101, PHR-111, or 2 semesters of World Languages.

 3

 HIS

History Elective

Recommended: HIS-107, HIS-114, HIS-121

3

ECO-102Principles of Microeconomics

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Third Semester

 HIS
History Elective
Recommended: HIS-107, HIS-114, HIS-121
3
 PHR / LAN
Humanities Elective**
Recommended: PHR-101, PHR-111, or 2 semesters of World Languages
3
  Natural Science Elective*
Recommended: BIO-107, BIO-108, CHM-100, CHM-102
4
  Diversity Course
Recommended: GEO-101, POL-103, SOC-120
 
ECO-203Intermediate Macroeconomics

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Social Sciences Elective***
Recommended: POL-101, SOC-101, PSY-101
6
  Natural Science Elective*
Recommended: BIO-107, BIO-108, CHM-100, CHM-102
4
 PHR / LAN
Humanities Elective****
Recommended: PHR-101, PHR-111, or 2 semesters of World Languages.
3
 

ECO-202Intermediate Microeconomics

3

Total Credit Hours:16

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Recommended:
HIS-107Modern Europe since the French Revolution

3

HIS-11420th Century US History since WWII

3

HIS-121Modern Asian History

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Recommended: PHR101, PHR111, World Languages and Culture

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Sciences

Recommended:
SOC-101Sociology

3

POL-101American Government

3

PSY-101General Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, & Technology

Recommended:

  Mathematics: MAT130, MAT150, MAT155 3-4
  Computer Science: CIS158 0-3
  Information Systems: INF101 0-3
  Natural Science Electives: BIO107, BIO108, CHM100, CHM102 8


Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Elective‡

Recommended:
GEO-101World Geography

3

POL-103Political Ideology

3

SOC-120Sociology of Gender Roles

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

Core Courses

ECO-101Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ECO-102Principles of Microeconomics

3

ECO-203Intermediate Macroeconomics

3

ECO-202Intermediate Microeconomics

3

Total Credit Hours:12

Humanities Electives

Recommended:

PHR-111Social and Political Philosophy

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Free Electives‡‡

Total Credit Hours: 2-6

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s)

**General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN)

***Choose from the following:  ECO-461-462; POL-101; PSY-101; SOC-101.

****Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN).

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

General Education Diversity Course Elective. Recommended: GEO-101; HIS-121; SOC-120; SOC-121; SOC-122.

‡‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or one of the following: another Economics course or BNF-101, BNF-201, or BNF-207.