About Economics

Economics provides the necessary insights for the individual to effectively understand and analyze the increasingly interrelated national and international economic world of today.

Economics is a major that can be used in many fields. Graduates learn how to effectively communicate and think critically in many contexts, such as the workplace, social settings, community events and interpersonal situations.

Economics trains students in the skills of conceptual analysis and argument comprehension, construction, and evaluation.

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Economics can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • Corporate Business roles
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Government
  • Non-profits
  • International relations
  • Academic roles

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units
CSU Area C1 Arts 3
Major Requirement Elective (Statistics) See Counselor 5
CSU Area E Lifelong Learning
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 6

Total Units: 17

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units
ECON 1 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
CSU Area A3 Critical Thinking 4
CSU Area C2 Humanities 3
POLS 1 American Government 3
Major Requirement Elective (List B) See Counselor 3

Total Units: 16 

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units
MATH 100A or 110A Short Calculus I or Calculus I 5
CSU Area C1 or C2 Arts or Humanities 3
CSU Area B1 Physical Sciences 3
ECON 3 Principles of Microeconomics 3

Total Units: 14

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units
Major Requirement Elective (List A) See Counselor 5
CSU Area A1 Oral Communication 3
CSU Area B2 Biological/Life Sciences 3-4
CSU Area B3 Laboratory Activity (See Counselor) 1
CSU U.S. History Graduation Requirement See Counselor 3

Total Units: 15-17

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Economics programs at the following institutions: 

  • University of California
  • California State Universities
  • Public & Private Universities

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.