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Associate in Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts degree provides students with the foundational knowledge of economic principles, models and concepts to analyze social issues and challenges, and to prepare students to transfer to a 4-year institution for a baccalaureate degree in Economics. The AA degree in Economics provides the student with critical thinking skills, and an economics framework for addressing social issues and problem solving.

Major Core Requirements (8 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Select one:

Principles of Macroeconomics
Honors Principles of Macroeconomics

4 units
4 units
Select one:

Principles of Microeconomics
Honors Principles of Microeconomics

4 units
4 units

Major Electives: Choose from at least 4 fields (12-13 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ANTH001Introduction to Physical Anthropology3 units
ANTH002Introduction to Archaeology3 units
Only one:

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Honors Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 units
3 units
GEOG001Intro Physical Geography 3 units
GEOG002Introduction to Cultural Geography3 units
HIST004AWestern Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 CE3 units
HIST004BWestern Civilization II: 1500 CE to Present3 units
HIST005AWorld History: Prehistory to 15003 units
HIST005BWorld History from 15003 units
HIST012African American History3 units
HIST014History of the Native North Americans3 units
HIST016Mexican-American History3 units
HIST017AUnited States History3 units
Only one:

United States History
Honors United States History

3 units
3 units
HIST020History and Geography of California3 units
Only one:

American Government
Honors American Government

3 units
3 units
POLI002Comparative Governments3 units
Only one:

Introduction to Political Science
Honors Introduction to Political Science

3 units
3 units
POLI004International Relations3 units
Only one:

General Psychology
Honors General Psychology

3 units
3 units
Only one:

Experimental Psychophysiology
Honors Experimental Psychophysiology

4 units
4 units
PSYC007Physiological Psychology3 units
PSYC009Psychology of Women: A Multicultural Perspective3 units
PSYC012Human Growth and Development3 units
PSYC025Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3 units
SJST001Introduction to Ethnic and Social Justice Studies3 units
SOCI001Introduction to Sociology3 units
Only one:

Social Problems
Honors Social Problems

3 units
3 units
SOCI020Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3 units
SOCI040Marriage and Family Sociology3 units
SOCI045Sociology of Human Sexuality3 units
Only one:

Introduction to Women's Studies
Honors Introduction to Women's Studies

4 units
4 units

Total Major Units: 20-21 units

To be awarded an Associate Degree, a student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Completion of WVC, CSU-Breadth, or IGETC General Education patterns. Students whose goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree should complete the CSU-Breadth or IGETC General Education pattern.
  3. Complete additional degree applicable units to meet the minimum 60-unit Associate Degree requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Explain how individuals and firms make choices under scarcity.
  • Describe the major players and institutions that facilitate the market economy.
  • Describe the major players and institutions that facilitate the market economy.
  • Explain how individuals and firms make choices under scarcity
  • Analyze economic models as they apply to market economies
Last Updated 6/28/24