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Economics Option

General Studies Associates of Arts Degree



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Review the academic map for recommended course selections and sequencing for an Economics focus. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)


Each of us is faced with thousands of economic decisions, every day, and economics impact our lives in big and small ways.  The study of economics covers a wide array of human activities and the functioning of our social systems.  As an economics major, you will learn what society can do to improve your own and other people’s lives from a variety of perspectives. Use the economics Option in General Studies as a way to prepare for transfer into an economics program at a 4 year institution. 

Key Courses to consider

Economists use math to create and test their theories.  When considering economics programs at four year institutions the math level they require for a degree will be important for the math courses students take at Montgomery College.   MATH 150 may be a high enough level of calculus for some programs, but others may require MATH 180 and MATH 181.  MATH 117 or BSAD 210 may satisfy the statistics requirement for some programs or may provide preparation for more advanced statistics courses.

Program Advising

Academic advising helps students reach their educational and career goals. Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process. 

Transfer Opportunities

In addition to pursing an economics degree at a 4 year institution, an emphasis in economics can contribute to or enhance the pursuit of other majors including: business, history, political science, public policy, and international relations. Please see all our General Studies articulations.

Career Options

For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

An economics major can prepare you for a variety of careers including economic analysis, civil service, financial consulting, teaching, lobbying and think tank work, public policy among other careers. General Studies degree provide opportunities for students to develop and hone their critical thinking, analytical, team-building and problem-solving skills. Students with General Studies degree will be able to successfully apply these skills in a wide range of careers.

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Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes. These courses are designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.