What is Economics?


Economics is the study of how society allocates its scarce resources to satisfy its many needs and wants. There are two general fields of study: microeconomics and macroeconomics. The focus of lower-division economics courses at COCC are on the choices we made in the context of microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Macroeconomics studies the role of government in the economy, both in promoting social objectives and in keeping the economy healthy through fiscal and monetary policies.

Microeconomics provides an understanding of consumption, production, and distribution of goods and services subject to the forces of supply and demand.

Additional courses within the economics program expand upon these ideas. International Economics provides an introductory survey of economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of globalization. Political Economy covers various micro and macro topics related to the United States economy from a systems and institutional perspective.

Economics is a great choice for any student seeking a the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree or ASOT-Business meet the state of Oregon transfer degree requirements. EC 201, EC 202, EC 230, and EC 285 are each listed as an approved Social Sciences courses on the COCC Discipline Studies List. 

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) with a focus in Economics is good preparation for careers in business, engineering, resource management, public health, or government, as well as solid training for graduate or law school.

For more information, please contact:

Abhay Ghiara

For course requirements see:
Economics - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (Online Catalog)