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About the Economics Program

Broadly defined, economics is the study of how society allocates scarce resources. The goal is to understand the decisions of businesses and consumers as well as the implications and causes of contemporary economic issues by developing a systematic and thorough understanding of precisely how economic systems operate. Courses in the discipline of economics study the structure of markets and economies, the relationship between regions within the global economy, and strive to convey how economists reason and how they analyze models and compare model implications to observations.

A student of economics will have a good understanding of how markets function.

Knowledge of economics is useful for a variety of entry-level jobs in government, industry, or finance. A rapidly growing area of employment for majors, especially those who have strong analytical skills in mathematics and statistics, is management consulting. Another is banking, both commercial banking and investment banking. Governments at all levels, including international organizations such as the United Nations, are also significant employers of economics majors for positions involving analyses of revenues and expenditures, cost-benefit studies of programs in education, health, and transportation.

Degrees and Certificates

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Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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18 units + General Education Requirements

This program involves the study of how society can best use scarce resources such as land, raw materials, capital, and labor. The course of study analyzes the relationships between the supply of goods and services and the demand for them, as well as how these goods and services are produced, distributed, and consumed. Some economists work on public issues such as the control of inflation, business cycles, unemployment, wage, tax, and tariff policies. Economics is widely recognized as a solid background for a career in business, government, law, teaching, and research.

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Program Level Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  1. Exhibit strong academic behaviors, evidenced by their timeliness, regular attendance, participation in class activities, adherence to the College Honor Code, and awareness of their opportunities and obligations as students.

  2. Demonstrate through oral and/or written work knowledge of how society can best use scarce resources such as land, raw materials, capital, and labor. 

  3. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate evidence and make compelling arguments about the relationships between the supply of goods and services and the demand for them, as well as how these goods and services are produced, distributed, and consumed. 

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Supply Chain Managers Bachelor's Degree $74,759
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists Bachelor's Degree $137,441
Climate Change Analyst Bachelor's Degree $82,040
Economist Bachelor's Degree $134,160
Environmental Economist Bachelor's Degree $134,160
Survey Researchers Bachelor's Degree $65,969
City and Regional Planning Aides Bachelor's Degree $54,469
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary Master's Degree $82,451
Economic Consultant Bachelor's Degree $78,940
Management Consultant Bachelor's Degree $105,461
Policy Analyst Bachelor's Degree $67,691