Begin learning today’s in-demand skills with the Economics program. Geared towards students who are interested in pursuing a liberal arts degree in economics from a university, this program satisfies the first two years of a 4-year curriculum. You can carry the knowledge you gain from this program over to a variety of careers, including budget and market analyst, marketing specialist, lawyer, economist, controller, urban and regional planner, and teacher.
The Economics program takes a theoretical approach in helping you develop critical thinking skills while analyzing and interpreting domestic and global economic data and learning how to make informed decisions in a variety of contexts using marginal analysis. You’ll learn about economic models and how to use them to interpret and predict economic outcomes and relationships. By the end of this program, you will be able to proficiently express your economic ideas and arguments, as well as flex your creative problem-solving skills in analyzing and recommending solutions to improve economic outcomes.
*This program isn't designed for students planning to transfer to a business economics program. If you plan on majoring in economics at a college of business, follow the Associate in Business-General Requirements (ABUS-GR) pathway.
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Economics is a science which studies human behavior as a relationship between ends and scarce means which have alternative uses. Economics is a word made up from two Greek words "oikos" and "nomos". The first means a household and the second is derived from "nemein", to distribute, manage. Economics focuses on the behavior and interactions of economic agents and how economies work. Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services by collecting and analyzing data, researching trends, and evaluating economic issues.
Students in the Economics program earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and online. Most students take a combination of in-person and online or hybrid courses to complete their Economics Courses.
Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.
Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no cost material provided by your instructors. General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.