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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Economics

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Economics provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to pursue a liberal arts degree in Economics from a four-year institution. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to, budget analysts, market research analysts, and marketing specialists. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to economists, environmental economists, treasurers, controllers, urban and regional planners, economics teachers, and lawyers.

Details

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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Economics (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Students who plan to major in economics at a college of business should consider following the Associate in Business-General Requirements (ABUS-GR) pathway instead of this award. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify the associate degree that best aligns with your academic and professional goals.

What You'll Learn
  • Analyze and interpret domestic and global economic data. (ECN211, ECN212, GBS221, MAT206, MAT217, MAT218, SWU225, LANG, [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Use marginal analysis to evaluate decisions in a wide variety of contexts. (ECN211, ECN212, MAT217, MAT218, [MA])
  • Apply models to interpret and predict economic outcomes and relationships. (ECN211, ECN212, GBS221, MAT206, MAT217, MAT218, SWU225, [MA])
  • Describe the limitations of economic models. (ECN211, ECN212, GBS221, MAT206, SWU225)
  • Recommend solutions to improve economic outcomes. (ECN211, ECN212, GBS221, MAT206, MAT217, MAT218, SWU225, [MA], (COM))
  • Communicate economic ideas and arguments to varied audiences. (ECN211, ECN212, GBS221, MAT206, MAT217, MAT218, SWU225, LANG, [FYC], [HU], [MA], (COM))
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:9
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles3
ECN212Microeconomic Principles3
GBS221Business Statistics (3) OR
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
SWU225Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government (3)3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-20
Complete requirements in the transfer plan that best aligns with academic and professional goals. If academic and professional goals do not align with any of the transfer plans below, select elective courses in consultation with an academic, faculty, or program advisor.
This transfer pathway is not designed for students planning to transfer to a business economics program at a university or four-year college. Students who plan to major in economics at a college of business should follow the Associate in Business-General Requirements (ABUS-GR) pathway.
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Economics
MAT217Mathematical Analysis for Business (3) OR
MAT218Mathematical Analysis for Business (4)3-4
Transfer Plan 2: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts, Economics
Second Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the elementary level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 26-34
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-5
MAT212Brief Calculus (3) OR
MAT213Brief Calculus (4) OR
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT22+ is a prerequisite. (4-5)3-5
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0
Met by GBS221, MAT206, or SWU225 in the Required Courses area.
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0
Met by ECN211 and ECN212 in the Required Courses area.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Historical [H] and Global Awareness [G] area.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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