Economics Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree

Economics Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree

Program Information

It is often 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. The Economics Transfer Pathway provides a broad base of general education relevant to economics careers, and prepares students for transfer into an Economics baccalaureate degree at Minnesota State universities. A bachelor’s degree in economics will open doors into a number of career fields including management, public administration, public policy, banking, education, and business. It may also be a step to advanced degrees in many fields.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Ask an economic question, gather information and resources, form an explanatory hypothesis, collect data that can be used to test the hypothesis, analyze the data, draw conclusions, and suggest future research;
  • Work with mathematical formalizations of economic models and perform mathematical operations; explain the design and results of laboratory and field experiments; and explain the conduct, results, and limitations of basic econometrics;
  • Explain economic models as deliberate simplifications of reality that economists create to think through complex, nondeterministic behaviors; identify the assumptions and limitations of each model and their potential impacts;
  • Explain the strengths and limitations of economic data and statistical analyses; and think creatively and combine or synthesize existing economic ideas in original ways; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major economic institutions and familiarity with magnitudes of common economic statistics.

Special Program Requirements

  • These requirements apply to new students, and students who have been absent from this college one academic year or longer.
  • At least one semester before you plan to graduate, complete an Application to Graduate.
  • Student must obtain a grade of “C” or higher in each of the four required (12 credits) Communications courses.
  • A total of 60 college level credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are required for an Associate of Arts Degree.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses is required to complete the MnTC.
  • 15 credits must be earned at Central Lakes College to be eligible for an Associate of Arts Degree.
  • Classes may meet requirements for more than one goal area, but credit will not be awarded for any course twice.

Transfer Opportunities

The Economics Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Economics bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so students completing this pathway degree and transferring to a Minnesota State university may enter with junior-year status. Courses in the Economics Transfer Pathway associates degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs. Students should consult with an advisor for guidance regarding how to best meet the requirements of their intended baccalaureate program. Universities within the Minnesota State system participating in the Economics Transfer Pathways include: • Bemidji State University – BS • Metropolitan State University – BS • Minnesota State University, Mankato – BS • Minnesota State University, Moorhead – BA • St. Cloud State University – BA • Winona State University – BA

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Program Course Requirements

Required Discipline Courses (6 credits)
ECON 2401 Principles of Economics – Macroeconomics (Goal 5), 3 cr
ECON 2402 Principles of Economics – Microeconomics (Goal 5), 3 cr

Required MnTC Courses
Goal 1 – Communications
COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication (Goals 1,7) OR
COMM 2422* Honors Intercultural Comm (Goals 1,7)
recommended, or other COMM course, 3 cr
ENGL 1410 Composition I (Goal 1) OR
ENGL 1420* Honors Composition I (Goal 1), 4 cr
ENGL 1411* Composition II (Goal 1) OR
ENGL 1421* Honors Composition II (Goals 1,9), 4 cr
Goal 2 – Critical Thinking**
“Double Dip” with another MnTC Goal, 1 course
Goal 3 – Natural Sciences
2 disciplines recommended, 1 lab course required, 6 cr
Goal 4 – Math/Logical Reasoning
MATH 1460*Introduction to Statistics (Goal 4) OR
MATH 1461* Honors Intro to Statistics (Goals 2,4), 4 cr
MATH 1470 College Algebra (Goal 4), 3 cr
Goal 5 – History/Social Behavioral Sciences
Any discipline other than Economics, 3 cr
Goal 6 – Humanities and Fine Arts
PHIL 2410 Introduction to Philosophy (Goals 2,6)
recommended, or other PHIL course, 3 cr
2 disciplines required, 3 recommended, 6 cr
Goal 7 – Human Diversity**
“Double Dip” with another MnTC Goal, 1 course
Goal 8 – Goal Perspective**
“Double Dip” with another MnTC Goal, 1 course
Goal 9 – Ethic and Civic Responsibility**
“Double Dip” with another MnTC Goal, 1 course
Goal 10 – People and The Environment**
“Double Dip” with another MnTC Goal, 1 course

Fitness for Life
HLTH or PHED Fitness for Life course, 2 cr

Student Success
CCST 1550 Introduction to College (recommended), 1 cr

Electives –As needed to total 60 credits**

*Denotes Prerequisites

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