Social Sciences: Economics (Liberal Arts & Sciences) (A.A.)

Study economics at JCC

The Social Sciences degree with an economics concentration at Jamestown Community College prepares you for transfer into a bachelor level B.A. program in economics. You can pursue careers in market and operations analyses, banking, insurance, and government.

Economics is the study of how we individually or collectively choose to use our scarce resources. In making these decisions, we also consider what we have given up, or our opportunity costs. In a broad sense, economics helps us to explain historical behavior, current world events, and make predictions about the future using economic statistics and theoretical models. 

In JCC’s program, you’ll study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services by collecting and analyzing data, researching trends, and evaluating economic issues. Courses focus on how consumers, businesses, governments, and markets interact.

You’ll work closely with your advisor to choose your courses and prepare for transferring after graduation. The economics concentration is a SUNY Transfer Path, which can help you identify core coursework for transfer to four-year SUNY schools. JCC’s program applies to B.A. programs in economics. B.S. programs in economics may have additional requirements. Most economists need a master’s degree or a Ph.D. 

2019 median pay for economists: $105,020/year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where to study at JCC

Analyst Jobs
  • Budget and financial
  • Healthcare
  • Credit markets
  • Operations research
Banking & Insurance Jobs
  • Account managers
  • Loan officers
  • Representatives in insurance, compensation, and benefits

Social sciences skills

After you complete the program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the social science approach by using social science concepts and theories to analyze behaviors or institutions (as appropriate to the discipline). This outcome is to be assessed in 2000-level courses.
  • Explain or demonstrate the methods that social scientists use to explore social phenomena, or to gather and interpret information (as appropriate to the discipline). This outcome is to be assessed in 2000-level courses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of both microeconomic and macroeconomic basic theories and models.

Semester 1

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3

MAT 1600: Precalculus

4
SUNY: Math JCC:Mathematical Reasoning

Social Sciences Elective

Recommended:

PSY 1510: General Psychology

3
SUNY: Social Sciences

Social Sciences Elective*

Recommended:

HIS 1520: World History Since 1500 or

HIS 1540: US History Since 1865

3
SUNY: Western Civilization

INT 1555: Inquire

2
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • Math course taken depends on math placement score and previous math courses completed.
  • MAT 1600 is required for the ECON SUNY transfer path.

Semester 2

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3
JCC:Oral Communication

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

SOC 1510: Intro to Sociology

3
SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Global Perspectives JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences JCC:Values and Ethics

Program Core Elective*

Recommended:

ANT 1510: Intro to Cultural Anthropology or

ECO 1530: Contemporary Economic Problems

3
SUNY: Social Sciences SUNY: Other World Civilizations

Elective

Recommended:

MAT 1710: Calculus/Analytic Geometry

4
SUNY: Math JCC:Mathematical Reasoning

Program Core Elective*

Recommended:

HIS 1520: World History Since 1500  or

HIS 1540: US History Since 1865

3
SUNY: Western Civilization
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • ANT 1520 is better for SUNY GEN ED distribution. ECO 1530 is not required, but will introduce students to economic concepts.
  • Math course taken depends on math placement score and previous math courses completed. MAT 1710 is not required, but is needed for transfer to the University of Buffalo or SUNY Binghamton.
  • Start researching transfer opportunities.
  • Check with the financial aid office about credit load, aid eligibility, and Excelsior scholarship.

Semester 3

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

ECO 2610: Macroeconomics or

ECO 2620: Microeconomics

3
SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Program Core Elective

Choose any course not already required within the PSY, ANT, ECO, GEO, GLS, HIS, POL, or SOC disciplines that is Applied Learning

3
SUNY: Social Sciences

Natural Sciences Elective

Recommended:

BIO 1510: Health Science

3
SUNY: Natural Sciences

Humanities Elective*

Recommended:

CMM 1610: Public Speaking or

PHL 1510: Intro to Philosophy

3
SUNY: Western Civilization

Elective

Recommended:

BUS 1510: Principles of Financial Accounting

4
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • ECO 2610 and ECO 2610 are required for the ECON SUNY transfer path.
  • BIO 1550: Intro to Environmental Science may be preferred to BIO 1510.
  • BUS 1510 is not required, but recommended.
  • Start contacting colleges about transferring.

Semester 4

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

ECO 2610: Macroeconomics or

ECO 2620: Microeconomics

3
SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Elective*

If necessary, choose a course from a SUNY Gen Ed category not yet completed

3
SUNY: Other World Civilizations SUNY: Western Civilization JCC:Global Perspectives

Elective

Recommended:

MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics

3
SUNY: Math

Elective

4
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • MAT 1540 is not required, but highly recommended for transfer purposes.
  • Choose remaining electives based on areas of interest and transfer requirements.
  • Check with the financial aid office about credit load, aid eligibility, and Excelsior scholarship.