Students sitting in economics class.

The Associate of Arts with an emphasis in economics offers an excellent foundation and development of necessary critical thinking skills. Economics is the study of choices so these first two years will prepare students for in-depth analysis to come in the future. Students have two options within our program: business economics or graduate school preparation. Students will be prepared to continue their economic studies with a junior-level standing at a four-year university.

In partnership with Metropolitan State University, students can take classes toward a bachelor's degree in economics on NHCC's campus.

The Economics Transfer Pathway AA offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an AA degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Economics bachelor degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field.

Minnesota State Universities:



2021 - 2022

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: ECON         Course Number:1060
    Course Title:Principles of Macroeconomics       Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course covers mainstream theories, the economy's recent performance, national income and output levels, money and the banking system, inflation and unemployment, fiscal and monetary policies, economic growth, and international trade.
    Principles of Macroeconomics View-ECON 1060n/a3
    Course Subject: ECON         Course Number:1070
    Course Title:Principles of Microeconomics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course covers theories of consumer and producer behavior as well as market structure, the role of government in the economy, distribution of income, externalities, and taxes.
    Principles of MicroeconomicsView-ECON 1070n/a3
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1130
    Course Title:Elementary Statistics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This is an introductory course in descriptive statistics, probability, random variables, and inferential statistics. Topics include exploratory data analysis, measures of central tendency and variation, linear regression, binomial and normal distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for one population and two populations. Additional topics may include basic probability, conditional probability, Bayes Theorem, analysis of variance, and chi-squared tests.
    Elementary StatisticsView-MATH 1130n/a3
    College Algebra or Higher: MATH1150(3), MATH1170(4), MATH1180(5), MATH1200(3), MATH1221(5), MATH1222(5), MATH2000(4), MATH2010(3), MATH2220(5), MATH2300(4), MATH2400(4)
    College Writing I
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Gateway College Writing      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    Gateway College Writing orView-ENGL 1200n/a4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    College Writing IView-ENGL 1201n/a4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1202
    Course Title:College Writing II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This class focuses on the research process, textual analysis of primary and secondary sources, rhetorical strategies for argument and persuasion, and successful integration of sources into a longer academic paper utilizing MLA (or other, as appropriate) documentation format. The class may be disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or topical in content, as noted on the class registration site.
    College Writing IIView-ENGL 1202n/a2
    Communications - Choose 1 course
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1010
    Course Title:Fundamentals of Public Speaking      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides instruction and practical experience in the basics of public speaking. This course has a performance component: students are expected to create and deliver informative, persuasive and other types of speeches.
    Fundamentals of Public Speaking orView-COMM 1010n/a3
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Principles of Interpersonal Communication      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).
    Principles of Interpersonal CommunicationView-COMM 1110n/a3
    Program Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Recommended courses to take as needed to reach 60 credits
    Course Subject: ACCT         Course Number:2111
    Course Title:Financial Accounting      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is a study of the accounting principles and concepts used to understand and develop financial statements. Topics include accruals and deferrals, revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities, equities, and cash flows. The course will analyze current industry financial statements from the point of view of investors and creditors for profitability, liquidity and risk.
    Financial Accounting orView-ACCT 2111n/a4
    Course Subject: ACCT         Course Number:2112
    Course Title:Managerial Accounting      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:Managerial accounting focuses on the three main activities performed by managers: planning, controlling, and decision-making. This course consists of preparing a variety of reports for internal use and analyzing them in the company's decision-making process.Prerequisite: ACCT 2111
    Managerial Accounting orView-ACCT 2112n/a4
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1170
    Course Title:Pre-Calculus      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This is a comprehensive course in trigonometry and extended topics in algebra. Topics include trigonometric functions and their graphs, inverse trigonometric functions and their graphs, trigonometric identities and equations, applications of trigonometry, conic sections, the binomial theorem, and sequences and series. Additional topics may include mathematical induction, combinations and permutations, and systems of nonlinear equations.Prerequisites: College math placement level or successful completion of Math 1150 with grade of C or better
    Pre-Calculus orView-MATH 1170n/a4
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1221
    Course Title:Calculus I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:5

    Course Description:This course is a thorough treatment of differentiation and an introduction to integration. Topics include the definition of derivative, limits and continuity, differentiation, applications of the derivative, definite and indefinite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, techniques of integration, and applications of integration.Prerequisites: College math placement level or successful completion of Math 1170 or Math 1180 with grade of C or better
    Calculus I orView-MATH 1221n/a5
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1222
    Course Title:Calculus II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:5

    Course Description:This course continues the study of the definite and indefinite integrals and leads to a study of improper integrals and infinite series. Topics include advanced techniques of anti-differentiation, numerical integration techniques and error bounding, applications of the integral, improper integrals, an introduction to differential equations, infinite series, parametric equations, and polar coordinates.Prerequisites: Successful completion of Math 1221 with grade of C or better
    Calculus II orView-MATH 1222n/a5
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:2220
    Course Title:Calculus III      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:5

    Course Description:Topics in this course include solid analytic geometry, vectors in space, scalar and vector products, vector functions and derivatives/integrals, multi-variable functions, partial derivatives, alternative coordinate systems, and double and triple integrals. The geometry of space curves, line and surface integrals, cural and gradient divergence, and Stokes' theorem are also included. Emphasis will be on learning relevant mathematical methods.Prerequisites: Successful completion of Math 1222 with a grade of C or better
    Calculus III orView-MATH 2220n/a5
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:2300
    Course Title:Linear Algebra      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course includes vectors and vector spaces, matrices, matrix algebra, linear systems of equations, determinants, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Students will also be expected to construct proofs relating to linear dependence and/or independence, the span of a set of vectors, and whether a set of vectors satisfies the vector space axioms.
    Linear AlgebraView-MATH 2300n/a4
    MnTC Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Natural Science - 2 courses, 7 credits from 2 different disciplines, one must be a lab course: ANTH1020(3), BIOL1000(4), BIOL1001(4), BIOL1002(4), BIOL1030(4), BIOL1101(4), BIOL1102(4), BIOL1120(3), BIOL1130(4), BIOL1140(4), BIOL1160(4), BIOL1200(4), BIOL1350(3), BIOL1360(4), BIOL1610(1), BIOL1650(1), BIOL2020(4), BIOL2030(4), BIOL2100(4), BIOL2111(4), BIOL2112(4), BIOL2360(4), CHEM1000(4), CHEM1010(4), CHEM1030(4), CHEM1061(4), CHEM1062(4), GEOG1010(3), GEOL1010(2), GEOL1020(2), GEOL1030(2), GEOL1040(2), GEOL1110(4), GEOL1120(4), GEOL1130(4), GEOL1150(4), GEOL1160(4), GEOL1850(3), GEOL1851(1), NSCI1000(4), NSCI1010(1), NSCI1020(1), NSCI1030(1), NSCI1050(4), NSCI1060(3), NSCI1061(1), NSCI1070(3), NSCI1071(1), NSCI1110(4), NSCI1120(4), PHYS1000(4), PHYS1030(4), PHYS1050(4), PHYS1060(3), PHYS1061(1), PHYS1070(3), PHYS1071(1), PHYS1120(4), PHYS1140(3), PHYS1201(5), PHYS1202(5), PHYS1231(4), PHYS1232(4), PHYS1400(3), PHYS1410(1), PHYS1450(3), PHYS1460(1), PHYS1601(5), PHYS1602(5)
    Humanities and Fine Arts - 3 courses, 9 credits, from at least 2 different disciplines: ARBC1030(3), ART1010(1), ART1020(1), ART1040(3), ART1050(3), ART1101(3), ART1102(3), ART1160(3), ART1170(3), ART1270(3), ART1301(3), ART1302(3), ART1310(3), ART1320(3), ART1340(3), ART1341(3), ART1361(3), ART1362(3), ART1401(3), ART1402(3), ART1550(3), ART1601(3), ART1602(3), ART1650(3), ART1770(3), ART1810(1), ART1820(2), ART2180(3), ART2190(3), ART2300(2), ART2611(3), ART2612(3), ART2640(3), ART2740(1), ART2750(1), ART2780(1), ART2781(1), ART2782(1), ART2800(1), ART2820(1), ART2860(1), ART2900(1), ART2970(1), COMM1550(3), ENGL1150(3), ENGL1250(2), ENGL1400(3), ENGL1450(3), ENGL1900(3), ENGL1950(3), ENGL2010(3), ENGL2020(3), ENGL2030(3), ENGL2150(3), ENGL2250(3), ENGL2270(3), ENGL2300(3), ENGL2310(3), ENGL2320(3), ENGL2330(3), ENGL2340(3), ENGL2350(3), ENGL2360(3), ENGL2370(3), ENGL2380(3), ENGL2390(3), ENGL2400(3), ENGL2410(3), ENGL2450(3), ENGL2460(3), ENGL2500(3), ENGL2540(3), ENGL2550(3), ENGL2560(3), ENGL2570(3), ENGL2580(3), ENGL2590(3), ENGL2900(3), ENGL2950(3), GCST1030(3), GCST1978(3), GCST225(3), GCST2410(3), GERM1030(3), INTD1030(3), MUSC1130(1), MUSC1160(1), MUSC1170(1), MUSC1180(1), MUSC1190(2), MUSC1200(3), MUSC1220(3), MUSC1241(3), MUSC1242(3), MUSC1300(3), MUSC1320(1), MUSC1350(3), MUSC1370(3), MUSC1500(2), MUSC1501(2), MUSC1502(2), MUSC1510(1), MUSC1560(1), MUSC1600(2), MUSC1610(1), MUSC1800(2), MUSC1801(2), MUSC1802(2), MUSC1810(1), MUSC1830(1), MUSC1850(1), MUSC1860(1), MUSC1870(1), MUSC2010(2), MUSC2170(3), MUSC2180(3), MUSC2241(3), MUSC2242(3), MUSC2970(1), PHIL1010(3), PHIL1020(3), PHIL1030(3), PHIL1040(3), PHIL1060(3), PHIL1070(3), PHIL1080(3), PHIL1120(3), PHIL1220(3), PHIL1230(3),  SPAN1030(3), SPAN2201(5), SPAN2202(5), TFT1200(3), TFT1210(3), TFT1250(3), TFT1260(3), TFT1270(3), TFT1280(3), TFT1310(3), TFT1320(3), TFT1350(3), TFT1500(3), TFT1510(3), TFT1520(3), TFT1531(3), TFT1532(3), TFT1540(3), TFT1600(1), TFT1610(1), TFT2010(3), TFT2500(3), TFT2950(1)
    History and the Social/Behavioral Sciences, 1 course, 3 credits
    Human Diversity - 1 course AMST1010(3), AMST1020(3), AMST2210(3), AMST2220(3), ANTH1140(3), ASL1300(3), BUS1110(3), COMM1110(3), COMM1310(3), ENGL1450(3), ENGL2300(3), ENGL2320(3), ENGL2330(3), ENGL2350(3), ENGL2370(3), ENGL2380(3), ENGL2410(3), ENGL2450(3), ENGL2460(3), ENGL2570(3), ENGL2900(3), GCST1040(3), GCST1220(2), GCST1301(3), GCST1320(3), GCST1501(3), GCST1502(3), GCST1503(3), GCST1700(3), GCST1978(3), GCST2410(3), GCST2320(3), GEOG1000(2), GEOG1040(3), GWS1501(3), GWS1502(3), GWS1503(3)HIST1200(3), HIST1210(3), HIST1220(3), HIST1240(3), HIST1270(3), HLTH1900(3), INTD1040(3), PHIL1040(3), PSYC1165(3), PSYC1170(3), PSYC2110(3), PSYC2340(3), SOC1110(3), SOC1130(3), SOC2110(3), SOC2210(3), TFT1210(3), TFT1310(3), TFT1350(3)
    Ethical and Civic Responsibility - 1 course: COMM1610(3), COMM1810(3), COMM2610(3), ECON1050(3), ENGL2390(3), ENGL2950(3), GCST1210(3), GCST1211(3), GCST1212(3), GCST1213(3), GCST1220(2), GCST1301(3), GCST1320(3), GCST1502(3), GCST1503(3), GCST1504(3), GCST1505(3), GWS1502(3), GWS1503(3), GCST1964(4), GWS1504(3), GWS1505(3), HIST1230(3), HIST1700(3), HIST2600(3), HIST2700(3), INTD1210(3), INTD1211(3), INTD1212(3), PHIL1020(3), PHIL1070(3), PHIL1110(3), PHIL1200(3), PHIL1210(3), PHIL1220(3), POLS1100(3), POLS1140(3), SOC1130(3)
    People and the Environment - 1 course: ANTH1020(3), ANTH1130(3), BIOL1030(4), BIOL1160(4), BIOL1200(4), BIOL1600(1), BIOL1610(1), CHEM1000(4), CHEM1010(4), EEVS1140(4), EEVS1150(4), EEVS1160(4), EEVS1170(2), EEVS1180(2), EEVS1190(2), EEVS1200(3), EEVS1201(1), EEVS1210(2), EEVS2000(3), ENGL2340(3), GCST1030(3), GCST1040(3), GCST2320(3), GEOG1010(3), GEOG1190(3), GEOL1010(2), GEOL1020(2), GEOL1030(2), GEOL1040(2), GEOL1120(4), GEOL1150(4), GEOL1160(4), GEOL1850(3), GEOL1851(1), INTD1030(3), INTD1040(3), NSCI1000(4), NSCI1110(4), NSCI1120(4), NSCI1140(4), NSCI1170(2), NSCI1180(2), NSCI1190(2), NSCI1200(3), NSCI1201(1), NSCI1210(2), PHIL1200(3), PHIL1230(3), PSYC1220(3)
    Health Requirement
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Complete 2 credits from Health or Exercise Science: EXSC1010(2), EXSC1020(1), EXSC1041(1), EXSC1042(1), EXSC1050(1), EXSC1070(1), EXSC1110(1), EXSC1130(1), EXSC1140(1), EXSC1151(1), EXSC1152(1), EXSC1200(1), EXSC1210(1), EXSC1230(1), EXSC1240(1), EXSC1250(3), EXSC1260(1), EXSC1270(1), EXSC1310(1), EXSC1400(1), EXSC1410(1), EXSC1420(1), EXSC1430(1), EXSC1440(1), EXSC1451(1), EXSC1452(1), EXSC1460(2), EXSC1470(1), EXSC1500(3), EXSC1510(2), EXSC1520(3), EXSC1530(2), EXSC1600(1), EXSC1610(1), EXSC1630(1), EXSC1640(1), EXSC1700(3), EXSC1710(3), EXSC1720(2), EXSC1730(1), EXSC1740(1), EXSC1750(1), EXSC1751(1), EXSC1752(1), EXSC1760(1), EXSC1800(1), EXSC1810(1), EXSC1820(1), EXSC1830(1), EXSC1840(1), EXSC1850(1), EXSC1880(1),EXSC1890(1), EXSC1990(1), EXSC2101(4), EXSC2102(2), EXSC2110(3), EXSC2390(3), EXSC2490(4), HLTH1040(3), HLTH1050(3), HLTH1060(3), HLTH1070(3), HLTH1080(3), HLTH1100(3), HLTH1250(3), HLTH1600(3), HLTH1900(3), HLTH1990(1), HLTH2030(3), HLTH2060(3)
    Total Credits
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Additional courses, if necessary, to reach 40 MnTC credits and 60 credits total
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    15 credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credits Required60

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