Department Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and apply alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Identify and communicate alternative explanations for contemporary social issues.
  • Identify the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral sciences use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods or cultures

Select this link to view a complete listing of Economics course offerings.

Program Information: It has been suggested that economics is the study of peoples’ efforts to satisfy their unlimited wants by utilizing their limited resources. Economics studies the cost implications of an individual making a decision to go to college, the cost implications of a society making a decision to go to war, and everything in-between. Economics might be the most broadly applied of the social sciences because economists believe that all human decisions have economic costs and, therefore, are worthy of economic analysis.

Transfer Opportunities: Economics courses offered at Central Lakes College fulfill requirements within the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, Central Lakes College’s graduation requirements, and readily transfer to four-year institutions.

Career Opportunities: A bachelor’s degree in economics will open doors into a number of career fields including management, public administration, public policy, banking, education, business policy, and many others. As well, it can be used as a step to advanced degrees in many fields.


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Michael Hopps

Geography Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8173
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Dave Piasecki

Economics Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8007

Student Testimonials

Lance Zetah

Lance came and guest lectured in my American Economy and Macro economics classes. He took the three CLC Econ classes from me and he wanted to let the students know how valuable an economics degree is. He is graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth in May after only three years because of PSEO college credits and he has already been hired by Minnesota Power for a pretty good salary and full benefits.

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