Program Purpose: Students who complete Economics courses will apply essential domestic and global economic principles by analyzing the individual economic behavior of consumers, producers, and at the highest level, individual industries. Students will analyze the major debates on taxes and government spending and recognize the implications of economic behavior in business cycles, explaining the interaction of money, banking and the Federal Reserve on the economy.
The major in economics leads to careers in business or government and offers repeated valuable preparation for various professions including economics, finance, business, law and government. The study of Economics provides the opportunity to build a solid foundation for graduate study in many subjects. In this deep and broad discipline, our Moorpark College Economics faculty members focus on two essential objectives in teaching. First, to educate students in basic economic principles so that they can effectively understand public and private issues. Second, to offer fundamental training for those students who wish to use these essential logic and thinking skills of Economics as a tool to advance their careers.
Students planning to transfer need to consult with a counselor, prepare a Student Education Plan, and take advantage of support services available in the Career Transfer Center located in Fountain Hall, (805) 378-1536. Transfer students interested in specializing in Economics who wish to qualify for an Associate in Arts Degree could explore Business as a possible major. See General Education Degree Requirements and Transfer Information.
Provides on-the-job learning to develop effective work habits, attitudes, and career awareness in paid or unpaid internships that are related to Economics. Involves the development and documentation of learning objectives and the completion of an internship paper, presentation, or project. Includes both workplace supervisor and faculty adviser feedback and/or written evaluations. Course Credit Limitation: To take this course, contact the Career Transfer Center. Requires orientation session. Students receive one unit of credit for each 60 hours unpaid or 75 hours paid work. May enroll in up to 4 units a semester with a maximum of 16 total units of any type of work experience.
Surveys the economic development of the U.S. emphasizing a topical approach. Includes the development of business cycles, trade, banks in the new nation, manufacturing, tariffs, slavery, big business, labor, government regulation and deregulation leading to a modern industrial nation.
Examines the function of the market mechanism and its strengths and weaknesses in allocating scarce resources in the economy. Develops a method of thinking by investigating and applying the principles of economic inquiry to the behavior of individual consumers, producers, and industries. Discusses the structure of industries and the distribution of resources.
Introduces macroeconomic issues such as unemployment, inflation, taxation, economic growth, trade balance, the Classical and Keynesian Models, government deficits, as well as fiscal and monetary policy. Examines the role of government policy in relation to these issues. Reviews recent economic events such as recession, recovery, and boom. Equips students to analyze and evaluate real-life macroeconomic phenomena through deduction of the logical consequences of well-defined assumptions.
Introduces macroeconomic issues such as unemployment, inflation, taxation, economic growth, trade balance, the Classical and Keynesian Models, government deficits, and fiscal and monetary policy. Examines the role of government policy in these issues. Reviews recent economic events such as recession, recovery, and boom. Equips students to analyze and evaluate real-life macroeconomic phenomena through deduction of the logical consequences of well-defined assumptions. Honors work challenges students to be more analytical and innovative through expanded assignments, real-world applications and policy implementations and enrichment opportunities.