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Economics at MHCC focuses on improving economic literacy— the ability to apply economic principles to personal, business and political issues. Transfer students who follow the Principles of Economics sequence at MHCC report superb preparation for upper division courses in economics. Students also report that economics was one of the most significant classes they took as undergraduates—it taught them how to think critically.
Economic majors find jobs in private industry and government. They continue to graduate school in law, political science, economics, business administration and engineering. Economics can provide a student a broad background that can be applied to numerous other areas besides economics.
Electives should be selected with the assistance of an academic adviser. Courses in Political Science, History and Social Science are strongly recommended.
At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:
- Explain the basic concepts and principles of economics
- Draw correct conclusions from published graphs and statistics of the economy and economic behavior
- Verbalize the economic arguments behind current economic policies
- Distinguish between domestic and international economic issues
Students interested in pursuing the Economics major can complete the following courses toward the Social Science requirement and/or electives on the AS (recommended), ASOT-B, AAOT, AGS or ASLA degrees. Students are highly encouraged to work with a university transfer adviser to ensure transferability of courses. Admitted students may also log on to Navigate to start the process of building an academic plan based on this major and can notify an adviser for review.
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EC115 Introduction to Economics (Course offered online)
An introduction to the basic economic activities of producing, exchanging, consuming, saving and investment for the purpose of preparing a student for the utilization of economics to real-life experiences. This course provides specific examination of the role of economics in the fields of agriculture/natural resources; mechanics and transportation; business and computer technologies; health and human services; engineering technologies; construction and design; and communication technologies. Business administration transfer students should not take the course.
EC201 Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics (Course offered online)
This course examines the market system including essentials of demand and supply analysis, perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive product and labor markets, international trade and obstacles to international trade, and applications of microeconomic theory to public policy and current social issues.
EC202 Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics (Course offered online)
This course explores the factors affecting the level of national income, the essentials of money and banking, the role of government expenditure and taxation in achieving economic stability and growth, and international monetary issues including exchange rates and the balance of payments.
Course offered online
Cultural Literacy course