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An economics background is excellent training for many careers. The study of economics provides the skills necessary to make good decisions in a wide variety of situations and circumstances. This makes an economics degree valuable preparation for many different occupations and careers.

Economics is excellent training for a wide variety of careers: finance, insurance, sales, real estate, marketing, management, public utilities, government, communications, human resources and public service. An economics degree also provides a strong liberal arts education for students going on to professional schools. Advanced degrees are required for individuals who choose to be professional economists.

The discipline of economics has two valuable attributes that make graduates marketable. First, economics is a way of thinking, an approach to decision making that helps people achieve their objectives. This economic way of thinking is universal; it is adaptable to many different careers. Second, economics requires use of a combination of skills: logical reasoning, reasonable quantitative skills, and verbal and analytical skills. All are highly desirable in any career.

Program Requirements

Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.


Economics, Associate in Arts

When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet. 


Transfer Information

This information can help you learn about the transfer process and what requirements you'll need to meet. 

Faculty Advisors

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:

Andre Guerra

Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2808E, (630) 942-2157

Javed Iqbal
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2808C, (630) 942-2403

Mark Rudisill
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2808D, (630) 942-3334

If you are unable to contact an advisor, messages may be left with the Health and Sciences Division, Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, (630) 942-2010.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Mark Rudisill

    Mark RudisillEconomics

    “Economics exposes students to the complexities of our modern world. The best success stories I hear from students are based on them becoming caring, compassionate and responsible individuals to society."

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  • Mitch Fisher

    Mitch FisherEconomics

    "While there is specific terminology, economic models and formulas that every economics student must master, a much more important learning objective is that students apply the information they have learned to real issues and apply critical thinking skills."

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