Economics

School of Business and Technology

Dean: Mink Stavenga, DBA

Department Chair: Elisabeth Shapiro, Esq., J.D., M.A.L.D

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Office: 470K, (619) 482-6569

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Economics is a social science that examines the functions of various markets, the determination of prices, the distribution of income, the rates of unemployment, income, and inflation. The study of economics deals with social problems and issues such as racism, sexism, war, and poverty. The focus of learning is on principles of economic analysis, fiscal and monetary policy, macro and micro theories, consumer protection, international trade, American economic history, monetary systems, and governmental regulations.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the economics major. A few of these require an associate degree, most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: economist, general manager, budget analyst, industrial relations specialist, high school or college instructor, research technician, market analyst, labor relations arbitrator, business conditions forecaster, investment analyst, economic commentator, manpower economist, natural resource economist, commodity economist, energy economist, international economist, and commodity price forecaster.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
Economics 01190

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Faculty

Peggy Crane, M.S.
pcrane@swccd.edu

ECON 100

CONTEMPORARY ECONOMIC PROBLEMS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Presents a nontechnical introduction to the basic concepts of economics. Investigates economic basis of such real-world problems as inflation, unemployment, economic power, and international trade deficits. (Does not fulfill the lower-division economics requirements for business or economics majors transferring to four-year institutions.) [D; CSU; UC]

ECON 101

PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MATH 60 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Mathematics Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces students to the basic tools necessary to analyze a nation's economy from the macroeconomic perspective. Emphasizes understanding of core topics including: market systems, aggregate measures of economic activity, macroeconomic equilibrium, money and financial institutions, monetary and fiscal policy, international economics, and economic growth. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID ECON 202]

ECON 102

PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS II

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: ECON 101 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MATH 60 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Mathematics Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the basic analytic tools necessary to understand an economy from the microeconomic perspective. Emphasizes core topics including: choices of individual economic decision-makers, scarcity and its effects, specialization and trade, market equilibrium, elasticity, production and cost theory, market structures, factor markets, and market failure. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID ECON 201]

ECON 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study of research in some area of economics of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU; **UC] (**UC Limitation: credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus.)