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Welcome to Economics

Program Description

Have the demonstrations against the World Trade Organization puzzled you? What has changed in the electric power industry? Did a Federal Reserve change in the discount rate catch your attention? How well do you feel you understand the economic events reported in the news?

The Economics Program at Santa Barbara City College will provide you with a solid foundation from which you can build analytical skills. These skills will improve your decision-making processes in many aspects of your life: as a consumer, an employee, an employer, a voter, etc. Courses in economics will offer the transfer student both theoretical and empirical foundations which will prepare you for further study in many fields, including environmental studies, global and international studies, sociology and history, as well as economics.

Introduction to Economics (ECON 108) is a survey course intended for non-majors.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of key terms and core concepts of economics.
  2. Examine and analyze the market and non-market processes by which scarce resources are allocated.
  3. Develop enhanced analytical abilities for the understanding and critical evaluation of relevant arguments.


Faculty & Offices
Ruth Morales, IDC 358, Extension 4045

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