Economics is the study of how individuals and societies choose to use the scarce resources that nature and previous generations have provided. The key word in this definition is "choose."
Economics is a behavioral, or social, science. In large measure, it is the study of how people make choices. The choices that people make, when added up, translate into societal choices.
According to the National Council on Economic Education:
"Young people entering the workforce cannot function effectively without knowledge of how the world works. The spiraling rate of personal bankruptcies and credit card debt; the lack of understanding of the importance of saving and investing; the inability to discern the consequences of powerful international economic changes, or even to know the meaning of "profit," are all evidence that we as a nation can no longer afford to make economics an option in our schools. It is especially necessary to give our young people—who are our future—a grasp of the basic principles of the American economic system."
A degree in Economics or Econometrics will prepare you for a career as an economist and provide excellent preparation for a range of related careers, such as accounting, banking, and in managerial jobs in general.
Economic majors are offered at University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Eastern Oregon University, and Southern Oregon University. In addition, many colleges across the United States and internationally offer economic majors.
Following the standard transfer program will lead to acceptance into most the transfer schools. Appropriate early courses for Economic majors are:
- Writing 121, 122, 123
- Mathematics (through 241 or 251)
- Speech 111, 112, 218 or 219
- Economics 201,202,203
At UCC, you can earn a TWO-YEAR TRANSFER DEGREE for less than you'll pay for one year at a state university. Plus, UCC offers:
• Seamless, direct transfer degrees
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes
Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
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Associate Professor, Social Science