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What will I learn?

The Economics Program at Santa Barbara City College will provide you with a strong foundation from which you can build analytical skills. As a social science, economics draws on many other disciplines including history, politics, and mathematics to provide a systematic way of analyzing a wide range of societal issues. The arsenal of analytical tools students acquire by studying economics can be used to analyze anything from a household’s decision to buy a car to a nation’s policies on unemployment and the environment. Students will learn about the implications of scarcity on production, consumption, and the allocation of resources and how these affect everyday life. Courses in economics will offer the transfer student both theoretical and empirical foundations that will prepare you for further study in many fields, including environmental studies, global and international studies, sociology and finance, as well as economics.

One of the advantages of the economics major is that it allows students a great deal of flexibility as it provides an excellent background for many professions. While the career opportunities are virtually endless, most economics students find jobs in business, government, or academia. Economics majors end up using their skills to work for a broad range of organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, investment banks, non-profits, and management-consulting firms.

Learning Outcomes

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

Which department am I in?

Santa Barbara City College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$9,192.00 per year
Fall and Spring: USD $383 per unit for two semesters (12 units); Summer: USD $1,532 (4 units @ USD $383 per unit) 
Application deadline

1 November 2022, 15 June 2023

Start date

23 January 2023

Venue

Schott Campus

310 W. Padre Street,

SANTA BARBARA,

California,

93105, United States

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$9,192.00 per year
Fall and Spring: USD $383 per unit for two semesters (12 units); Summer: USD $1,532 (4 units @ USD $383 per unit) 
Application deadline

1 November 2022, 15 June 2023

Start date

23 January 2023

Venue

Wake Campus

300 N. Turnpike Road,

SANTA BARBANA,

California,

93111, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Graduates of high schools or equivalent are eligible for admission, with the equivalent of a GPA of 2.0 or better. Students must be 18 years or older by the start of the semester without restrictions.

For international students

Graduates of high schools or equivalent are eligible for admission, with the equivalent of a GPA of 2.0 or better.

Students must be 18 years or older by the start of the semester without restrictions.

English Proficiency: TOEFL: PBT 450, CBT 160, IBT 60; iTEP: 3.0; IELTS: 5.5; IGCSE: C; GTEC CBT: 1030; Pearson Test of English: 45; PTE Academic: 44; STEP-Eiken: Grade Pre-1.

Application deadlines: Fall Semester: June 15; Spring Semester: November 1; Summer Session: May 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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