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Santa Monica College|Academic Programs|Philosophy and Social Sciences|Economics


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. This knowledge 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.
Courses Taught
Ahmad Abdel-Rahman
HSS 379
310 434-8085
HSS 379
​310 434-4244
310 434-4244
T. D. Carter
HSS 379
310 434-4244
Anthony Chan
HSS 382
310 434-4515
Ibrahim Ganley
HSS 379
310 454-8151
HSS 370
310 434-4517
Harry Gill
HSS 383
310 434-4931
Meric Keskinel
310 434-8181
D.W. Moore
HSS 379
310 434-8180
Eileen Rabach
HSS 381
310 434-4897
ECON 6 | ECON 15
Boo Su
310 434-4244
For major requirements and individual course descriptions, go to the College Catalog.
For class schedules, go to Class Schedule.