An economics major is a preparation for general education, good citizenship and literate participation in a market-oriented life. 

Not sure if an economics major is for you? Try an economics class. All economics courses are a part of required or elective offerings for Associate of Arts degrees in many different disciplines. Economics courses satisfy many major or graduation requirements and appear in Plans A, B, and C on the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).  

ECONOMICS - Program Brochure

(Program Video: LBCC Career Technical Education, Economics)


Economics offers three certificates that are valuable no matter what educational roadmap you are following. Economics has two Certificates of Accomplishment that provide documentation of a battery of knowledge for students looking for internships, jobs or strengthening a resume.  

A Certificate of Achievement is also offered in Economics. This higher unit certificate shows a deeper level of practical understanding in the subject. The Certificates of Accomplishment are the foundations of this Certificate of Achievement. All the certificates lead students along a pathway to a possible transfer degree in economics: the AAT in Economics. 

Earning an AAT in Economics offers students a comprehensive education in the theoretical as well as practical applications of the discipline. The mission of this program is to prepare students for transfer to a university. This program fulfills the general requirements of the California State University transfer system and many of the University of California transfer systems.

Economics, Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)
Economics, Certificate of Achievement (ACH)
Business: Business Economics, Certificate of Accomplishment (ACC)
Business: Money & Banking, Certificate of Accomplishment (ACC)

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Macro Economics

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Macro Economics Honors

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Micro Economics

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Micro Economics Honors

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General Concepts in Economics

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Contemporary Economic Issues

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The Global Economy

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Economics is consistently rated among the topmost employable and among the top ten best paying degrees. But as any good economist will tell you; it is not always about more money, but rather more opportunity. Economists work for big or small firms, in the public or private sector, with non-profits and for-profit firms. Economists work everywhere in firms: accounting, advertising, finance, management, marketing, production, research and development, and sales.


If you’re the analytical type, fascinated by the world around you, then an economics degree might be a good choice for you! Here are a few careers:

  • Market Research Analyst
  • Economic Consultant
  • Compensation & Benefits Manager
  • Actuary
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Management Consultant
  • Business Reporter
To explore potential jobs in this field of study, we strongly urge you to visit LBCC Career Center. Working with a career counselor, we will assess your strengths, skills, interests, and accomplishments to help you identify internship opportunities and career goals that match your educational and professional needs.


Do the Department of Business Administration & Economics faculty have real-world business experience? 

Yes, nearly every member of our faculty has a strong professional background in their concentration.  

How long does it take to complete the program?

Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work Study information.

Who are the Career & Technical Education (CTE) counselors?


Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

What is the difference between a transfer degree (AA-T/AS-T) and a traditional AA/AS degree?

  • The traditional AA-Business degree has been designed for those who are in pursuit of an Associate degree with a stronger and more immediate career focus, such as securing a job opportunity or a job promotion.  Since most of the courses on this degree are transferable to a baccalaureate granting institution, you will still have the opportunity to complete your bachelors degree when the time is more appropriate.  This degree offers 5 distinct career paths – accounting, general business, international business, management and marketing. 
  • The CSU transfer degree has been developed as a fast-track degree for transfer into the CSU system.  The course requirements for the transfer degree have been developed as a collaborative effort by Community College and CSU faculty and this degree will help you to create a clear path from LBCC to a CSU campus, once you have met the stated requirements, which can be found in the Curriculum Guide section.  We offer both an AS-T in Business Administration and an AA-T in Economics. 

What is the difference between a certificate of achievement and a certificate of accomplishment? 

  • Completion of a Certificate of Achievement can be an end in itself or can, after completing the necessary GE requirements, lead to the attainment of one of our Associate degrees.   
  • The Certificates of Accomplishment are lower unit certifications (usually 9-12 units) which are tied to a specific skillset and are generally used as stepping stones on the path to obtain a Certificate of Achievement and eventually to an Associate degree.  They can also be instrumental in career advancement. 

How do I apply for a Certificate of Accomplishment, Certificate of Achievement or AAT in Economics?

Click on the button below to find details about receiving degrees and certificates.

Receiving Your Degree or Certificate

How to transfer and lookup comparable course listings?

To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

For more transfer information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.