Economics Transfer Program

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Economics is a behavioral science which focuses on how human beings allocate their scarce resources. Economics provides students with the skills necessary to understand real world issues and to better evaluate individual and group behavior in the context of global scarcity. Our instructors are actively involved in the student learning process challenging students to think critically and to explore economics on both a micro and macro global level.


The mission of the Economics Department at South Suburban College is to develop the ability of our students to understand economic concepts and the skills to apply those concepts to the making of intelligent decisions for themselves, in business life, and in public policy.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • Be able to identify economic issues and problems, gather data needed to evaluate them, and analyze the data to gain insights into economic behavior and formulate possible solutions.
  • Be able to apply mainstream macroeconomics theory to explain and predict events in the aggregate economy, including roles played by fiscal and monetary policies.
  • Be able to utilize demand and supply curves, use comparative static analysis and the concept of elasticity of demand and supply.

Recommended AA Transfer Curriculum for Economics

This is only a suggested transfer program and might not be appropriate for every student. Some four-year institutions accept more than 62 credits in transfer to complete requirements in Economics. Consult the College & Career Success Center for help in selecting courses appropriate for the program at the college or university where you plan to transfer.

Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about their program and career opportunities. Peruse some of the offerings in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

All full-time transfer students are required to take OCS 121.

Overview for College Success

Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a course is designed to assist students in the navigation of becoming successful in college and life. Major topics include setting academic, career and personal goals; effective communication strategies; study skills; critical thinking; self-discovery; and learning styles. In addition, this course delves into topics such as stress management, diversity and other well-being topics. Students will develop educational and career plans, learn to utilize college resources and receive extensive help in course planning. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Students must take OCS 121 if they meet one or more of the following:

  • First time degree seeking students.
  • Transfer student with less than 12 credit hours and no evidence of similar course on transcript.
  • Registering for 6 or more credits.
  • Test into 2 or more developmental classes.
  • Currently does not have OCS credit or registered for OCS.


Minimum General Education (47-48)

Overview for College Success CREDITS
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Communications (9)
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENG 102 Composition and Research 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (9)
GROUP II Select from Humanities Electives.
Students earning an Associate degree must meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in Public Act 87-581.
Social and Behavioral Science (9)
PSC 101 American National Government 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
GROUP III Select from Social Science Elective
Students earning an Associate degree must meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in Public Act 87-581.
Mathematics (8)
Students who plan to complete a B.A. in economics should fulfill the general education requirements for the AA degree. Mathematics course requirements in economics vary at four-year institutions. Consult the College & Career Success Center.
GROUP IV Select from Mathematics Electives. 3
Physical and Life Science (7-8)
GROUP V Select from Physical and Life Science Electives. (Must include one lab) 9

Area of Concentration/Electives (20-21)

ECO 201 Principles of Economics, Macro 3
ECO 202 Principles of Economics, Micro 3
MTH 211 Introductory Statistics 4
Minimum for AS Degree 62