The Economics Professional

Particularly in this increasingly global world, a fundamental understanding of economics provides an imperative foundation from which business professionals, government officials and countless others make important decisions every day. Various types of governments and markets can lead to sound or unsound monetary policies that affect different economies in different ways. Understanding various economic indicators including prevailing indexes and interest rates will provide students with an invaluable foundation that will inform their approach to business and individual financial matters for years to come.

The Economics Professional Program

The Economics Professional program presents basic concepts necessary to an informed understanding of the economy. Starting with individual consumer behavior and corporate actions, the program moves on to explain both micro- and macroeconomics and the interplay between these 2 perspectives in terms of output, unemployment, inflation, productivity and growth. The effects at the micro level are different to those at the macro level, but sometimes they can also run in parallel and students will study the different ways in which all aspects of the economy are affected. This extensive program Introduction assumes students are new to the study of economics outlining economic theory and moving through analysis of supply and demand, government action, competitive markets and different types of economic markets that present unique challenges. This program encompasses economic principles (both microeconomic and macroeconomic) and problems. The purpose of the program is for students to develop a logical, conceptual, and analytical understanding of economic principles.

Program Objectives 

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the economic way of thinking
  • Explain how free and competitive markets allocate resources efficiently through the interaction of supply and demand
  • Evaluate the different effects caused by changes in demand and supply conditions
  • Analyze how government actions affect markets
  • Evaluate the effects of trade on the economy
  • Analyze the effects of externalities
  • Analyze a firm’s cost of production and firm behavior in perfectly competitive markets
  • Differentiate between monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly
  • Measure components of the macroeconomy
  • Analyze the factors influencing economic growth
  • Contrast fiscal and monetary policy
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Use Microsoft Office

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program  will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.