Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences Area of Concentration, Associate of Arts

This area of concentration is designed to help students transfer to institutions that offer a four-year program in Economics. Beyond the general education requirements and other degree, program, and elective requirements, this area of concentration should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with a transfer advisor or Economics coordinator in order to select the combination of electives that best meets the requirements of the transfer institution.

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The attainment of this accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the Financial Studies Department meet the rigorous educational standards established by the ACBSP.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this area of concentration, students will be able to:

  1. describe the motivation for the behavior of the consumer as well as of the firm in the marketplace;
  2. explain the fundamental economic problem of resource scarcity together with opportunity cost;
  3. plot and interpret quantitative data in graphs and tables;
  4. explain the market forces of supply and demand in regard to market equilibrium and the shortage or surplus of a good or service; and
  5. identify and describe significant developments and events in modern macro-economic history since the Great Depression.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Program Electives - (ECON 163, ECON 111, and SOCL 101 recommended) 12 Credit(s).

Semester 4

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences 4 Credit(s).
  • Program Electives 9-12 Credit(s).

Important Information

Short Description

This area of concentration is designed to help students transfer to institutions that offer a four-year program in Economics. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Type of Credential

Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Area of Concentration – Economics

Program Code

A 145

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Coordinators:

Jennifer Joyner, East Side Coordinator
443-840-1469 or

Jamie Falcon, West Side Coordinator
443-840-4153 or

Additional Information:


Courses Needed for This Area of Concentration*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 34-36 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses. One course must be a Diversity Course.

Students must have at least 60 credits for an associate degree. Students who choose to take 3 credits of Mathematics and 7 credits of Biological and Physical Sciences, rather than 4 and 8, may need to take an additional class in order to reach at least 60 credits.

  • Arts and Humanities (PHIL 101 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (one must have a lab) 7-8 Credit(s).
  • Information Technology 3 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics (MATH 163 recommended) 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Wellness and Health 3 Credit(s).

Concentration Requirements and Electives

Concentration Requirements
Two-Semester Sequence

This requirement is fulfilled by completing ECON 201 and ECON 202 under the General Education Requirements.

Critical Thinking:

Choose one from this list:

Program Electives:

Select 21-26 credits from the list below.

A student's selection of General Education electives will determine the total elective credits required to reach 60 credits for the degree.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**May also be used to satisfy General Education electives.