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Estrella Mountain currently offers Macroeconomic Principles (ECN211) and Microeconomic Principles (ECN212).  Macroeconomics focuses on the national and global economy, how to measure economic performance (including measures of price inflation, the unemployment rate, and Gross Domestic Product), fiscal and monetary policy, and macroeconomic theories.  Students will learn to critically analyze macroeconomic news as presented in the media.   Microeconomics focuses on the theory of how consumers and firms make rational decisions to maximize an objective, given constraints, as well as determining individual market outcomes based on market structures. Students will learn to critically analyze decisions faced by consumers or entrepreneurs to achieve an optimum outcome. Either course can be taken first, but because these are 200-level courses, a strong academic background in math, writing, and reading is highly recommended.

Business majors take ECN211 and ECN212 as part of degree requirements for students pursuing the Associates in Business (ABUS) degree, but non-business students can also take these classes.

Why Economics @ EMCC?

Economics faculty at EMCC:

  • Blend theory with “real-world” application.  News, events and trends complement the textbook concepts to give students a wider and deeper understanding of how to apply economics concepts in their lives and profession. 
  • Emphasize student development of writing/composition, information literacy, numeracy and graphical analysis, and scientific inquiry.
  • Provide the extra help and support that students need to understand and reach their goals in the course.

Career and Employment Outlook

Students majoring in economics can also decide to pursue graduate and professional degrees in other fields, such as law, education, philosophy, history, business administration, and many more.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook for  2010-11,“the vast majority of bachelor’s degree holders in economics find employment in closely related fields, such as business, finance, or insurance.Those who obtain a master's or Ph.D. degree in economics will have the best employment prospects and advancement opportunities. Many economists apply these areas of economics to health, education, agriculture, urban and regional economics, law, history, energy, the environment, and other issues." Economists working in corporations:

  • are involved primarily in microeconomic issues, such as forecasting consumer demand and sales of the firm's products,
  • analyze their competitors' market share and advise their company on how to handle the competition,
  • monitor legislation passed by Congress, such as environmental and worker safety regulations, and assess how new laws will affect the corporation,
  • monitor economic situations in other countries.

University Transfer Options

Maricopa Degree Options

At EMCC, get a degree in... And transfer to a university to get a degree in...
Associate in Business, General Requirements (ABUS-GR) Bachelor of Science in Economics
Associate in Arts (AA) Bachelor of Science in Economics

Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program

This program has an MAPP (Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program) option. For more information about the MAPP program and to find additional information, see the MAPP page.