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economics Overview

Economics is the study of how people choose to use scarce resources to produce goods and services and how they make allocation decisions to satisfy their wants. In the pursuit of the Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer degree at San José City College, students embark on a transformative journey of economic discovery. Our program equips you with the essential skills and knowledge to analyze complex problems, use sound reasoning, and make informed decisions in a world where resource allocation is paramount.


Do you ever wonder why food costs rise when gas prices spike?

Have you ever questioned why U.S. politicians worry when other countries talk of going bankrupt?

Did you ever wonder why you can’t get a good interest rate on your savings account?

All of these phenomena can be explained through economics. Economics is the study of the production and consumption of goods and the transfer of wealth to produce and obtain those goods. Economics explains how people interact within markets to get what they want or accomplish certain goals. Since economics is a driving force of human interaction, studying it often reveals why people and governments behave in particular ways.

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Economics Program

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the laws of demand and supply, and apply macroeconomic models to describe the economy.
  • Explain the concepts of economic resources, scarcity, opportunity cost, rational behavior and elasticity.
  • Understand our mixed capitalist system and the national output (GDP).
  • Analyze how monetary and fiscal policy impacts the economy.
  • Explain how markets function and the role of the government into the economy.
  • Understand market structures in the United States, and to demonstrate how consumers try to maximize utilities and firms attempt to maximize profit.