Liberal Arts AA – Economics Option

Code: AA.LA.ECON

The Economics option is designed to present students with introductory and  intermediate level courses to build a solid foundation in economic thinking and reasoning as well as understanding of fundamental concepts of microeconomic and macroeconomic theory before students transfer to a four-year institution to complete their bachelor degree. It 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 economic history.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

 

Humanities Elective

3
  Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102 3
  Free Electives
 3
ECO-101Principles of Macroeconomics

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester


Mathematics, Natural Science, Technology Elective

4
  Humanities Elective  3

 HIS

History Elective

3
ECO-102Principles of Microeconomics

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Third Semester

 HIS
History Elective
3
 
Humanities Elective
3
  Social Science Elective
3
  Natural Science Elective  4
  Free Elective
3
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Social Sciences Elective
3
  Natural Science Elective
4

Diversity Elective
3
ECO-202Intermediate Microeconomics

3

Total Credit Hours:13

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

Two general education courses in History (HIS)

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives

3 general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN)

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Sciences

2 general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: ECO, GEO, POL, PSY, SOC, ANT

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

 

 

One 4-cr general education course in Mathematics (MAT)
OR  
[One 3 cr general education Mathematics (MAT) plus one 1-credit gen ed course in Technology (INF-102)

4
  Two general education courses selected from the following fields: BIO, CHM, PHY 8
Total Credit Hours:12

Diversity Elective

Select from the list of gen ed diversity courses

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45

Program Requirements

Core Courses

ECO-101Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ECO-102Principles of Microeconomics

3

ECO-202Intermediate Microeconomics

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Free Electives

Recommended:

IST-123Success 101

3

ECO-203Intermediate Macroeconomics

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

*General Education Elective(s)