Economics Department

We are now offering an AA-T Degree in Economics 
Why major in Economics?

As an Economics major, the possibilities are endless. Our students work in the banking sector, health care management, actuarial work, public utilities, elementary and secondary education. Other career options include Law, College teaching, brokerage firms, private research, consulting firms, federal government.

Please click on this link for details about the new AA- T Degree in Economics

We have increased the number of Course offerings in the last couple of years in addition to our  Principles Courses, ECON1 AND ECON2.


An introduction to the basic principles of economics and their application to problems of environmental quality and natural resource utilization. Topics covered will include market failures, sustainable resource allocation, environmental degradation, pollution, and a rationale of government involvement in the market-based economy. Emphasis is on sustainability and the importance of including the environmental impact into the cost-benefit analysis of economic activities.

An introduction to the economics of various public policy issues. Contemporary issues and the role of government will be evaluated and analyzed by the student. Topics to be discussed include the minimum wage, rent control, drug prohibition, health care, Social Security, international trade, organ markets, impact of sports stadiums, discrimination and freedom of association, education, fiscal and monetary policy, property rights and the environment, and antitrust policy.

An introduction to Behavioral Economics contrasted to conventional economics. Topics covered include why people often behave irrationally compared to the predictions of conventional economics, loss-avoidance, emotions, experiences, social norms, framing, endowment effect, the brain, fairness, ethics, morals, trust, satisficing, status, herding, anchors, animal spirits, heuristics, irrational exuberance, why smart people make investment mistakes, mental accounting, game theory, blurring social and financial arrangements, value of nudging people to make superior decisions, charitable donations, and happiness (money isn’t everything).

Why Study Economics

As a subject committed to the improvement of the human condition, economics (the "Science of Scarcity") is the study of how resources are used to satisfy human wants.

Because economics blends quantitative analysis characteristic of physical sciences with the more qualitative methods associated with the social sciences, students of economics develop a unique reasoning ability that provides a vital perspective on social issues.

Our students bring their valued skills to business, government and community endeavors, and so provide service and vision in the pursuit of our shared interests.







Contact: Ms. Ravjeet Singh
Office: F-21M
Phone: (408) 864-8558




Last Updated: 3/20/18