Program Description

The 90 credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Economics. When selecting a transfer institution, students will need to choose between a more quantitative/applied approach to Economics (B.S.) or a social science approach (B.A.), depending on career goals. Economics is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Social Sciences, Business, Law, Education, Urban Studies, Public and/or Health Administration.

Economics — What is it?

Economics is the study of the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services, using supply, demand and price theory. Economists are also concerned with issues of investments, inflation, unemployment and the allocation of resources. As an interdisciplinary major, Economics often includes courses in mathematics, accounting, business, political science, geography, sociology, and environmental sciences.

Contact Us
Faculty and Advising

Tim Payne
Room 5342

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Contemporary issues in Economics:

Business cycles, Interactions between government, Business and social welfare, Environment, International Trade, Consumer and producer decisions, Health care. 

Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics?

Students who major in economics develop knowledge and skills that can be applied to multiple careers. A degree in
economics prepares students for careers as business or non-profit managers, auditors, financial analysts, economic
analysts, entrepreneurs, fund raisers, teachers, consultants, government advisors, securities brokers, appraisers, insurance agents, statisticians, and bankers.

Potential employers include:

Federal, State and Local Governments, Banks, Business and Industry, Colleges, Universities, Private and Public Schools, Insurance Firms, Health Care and Human Services, Law Firms, Marketing and Research Firms. For more, please visit Career Counseling.

Program Outcomes

  • Engage in critical analysis of how economic forces, issues, events and institutions affect individuals and societies.
  •  Analyze the role of government in determining economic outcomes in a market economic system.
  • Use economic research methods based upon systematic quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?

An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.

Length of Program: 90 Credits, Completion Award: A.A. Degree