Economics Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Economics Focus

About The Program

Study the use of resources in relation to the production and distribution of wealth. Economics is important for those interested in a career in business, law, finance, government service and social service. Prepare to transfer to a baccalaureate institution in a variety of fields of study. 

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Degree Requirements  

Recommended Electives

ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I 5
ACCT& 202 Principles of Accounting II 5
ECON 105 Introduction to Economics 5
ECON& 201 Micro Economics 5
ECON& 202 Macro Economics 5
HIST& 137 U.S. History 2 5
MATH& 151 Calculus I 5
MATH& 152 Calculus II 5
POLS& 202 American Government 5
POLS& 203 International Relations 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5

iversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.  A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication:  Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking:  Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations:  Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy:  Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts. 

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity:  Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities:  Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science:  Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science:  Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena. 

Area of study outcomes:

  • Define scarcity and apply to the processes of production, distribution, and exchange.
  • Define opportunity costs. Analyze the relationships between scarcity, costs, and the necessity for economic outcomes.
  • Analyze market exchange through the equilibrium process and identify, describe, and explain price and output determination.
  • Apply market exchange between individuals, business, government, and foreign markets to the economic choices available to individuals and society.
  • Use economic models and theories to analyze economic data to draw logical conclusions about economic problems.
  • Examine the impact of economic analysis on contemporary issues.

Revised June 2019


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.

Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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