Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Economics

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society

Should you buy a more useful but expensive SUV or a compact car with great mileage? How much additional revenue could Amazon.com earn from a new distribution center? Will the IRS need to collect more taxes to finance a new prescription drug bill? These are questions of economics, a field that studies how individuals, businesses, and governments produce, distribute, and consume goods and services.

In MCC’s economics program you will learn how human behavior, beliefs, structures, constraints, and needs impact economic decision making. You will study supply and demand, competition and monopoly, market equilibrium, and more.

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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Economics (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8111
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Program Notes

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

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.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges to earn a degree with this emphasis.

Transfer Options

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.  

A list of available transfer options for the Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Economics program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Bachelor of Science Economics
University of Arizona Bachelor of Arts Economics

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Analyze and interpret domestic and global economic data.
  2. Use marginal analysis to evaluate decisions in a wide variety of contexts.
  3. Apply models to interpret and predict economic outcomes and relationships.
  4. Describe the limitations of economic models.
  5. Recommend solutions to improve economic outcomes.
  6. Communicate economic ideas and arguments to varied audiences.

Career Opportunities

In studying economics, you will learn to analyze and understand current market trends and economic structures and to become a more well-informed citizen. Our economics program can help you build the foundation that can lead to a fulfilling career in business, consulting, government, law, or public policy.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

$58,354

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT212 or
MAT213
Brief Calculus or Brief Calculus Critical course MA 3–4
HU Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
Elective Elective 0–3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ECN211 or
ECN212
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ECN211 or
ECN212
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles SB 3
GBS221 or
MAT206 or
SWU225
Business Statistics or Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government CS 3
SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
L Value Literacy and Critical Inquiry Select a course with the L value if COM225 or CRE101 not selected 3
Elective Elective Course 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ or SG Any Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course 4
HU Any Humanities, Arts, and Design Course 3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT212 or
MAT213
Brief Calculus or Brief Calculus MA 3–4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 0–3
ECN211 or
ECN212
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles SB 3
Elective Elective Course 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GBS221 or
MAT206 or
SWU225
Business Statistics or Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government CS 3
SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ Course 4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
SQ or SG Any Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
L Literacy and Critical Inquiry Select a course with the L value if COM225 or CRE101 not selected in previous term. 3
Elective Elective 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ECN211 or
ECN212
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles SB 3
Elective Elective Course 3

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Economics (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=158299).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Economics program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2021-2022 8/1/2021 – 7/31/2022
2021-2022 (Current)    5/25/2021 – 7/31/2021
2020-2021 5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2019-2020 5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019