Economics courses are designed to maximize students’ capacity to analyze, interpret and evaluate economic events, institutions and processes. Students are expected to learn the basic concepts of the discipline as they relate to the American economy in general (macroeconomics) and to markets for specific goods (microeconomics).
Students are introduced to the elementary methods of economic analysis as a means to analyze and understand economic problems and public policy issues. Students will learn to do elementary economic analysis themselves and to apply what they have learned.
Although the substance of the courses provides a general, but challenging economics education for students, it is primarily intended to provide the basis for their continued academic educations, whatever their major fields of study may be. The courses also provide especially good preparation for academic transfer students who may choose economics as their major field for their bachelor’s degree, as well as those who pursue careers in teaching, government service, business management and law, among others.