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Pre-Economics, A.A. (General Transfer)

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Academic Program Code:  536

This academic program lays the foundation for students to transfer to a 4-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Economics is a social science that studies how societies use their scarce resources. Economics majors develop strong analytical skills that can be applied to a wide variety of social issues. This program introduces students to the two broad fields of modern economics: microeconomics and macroeconomics. It also encourages students to develop the mathematical skills necessary to complete a major in economics. Students have the option to complete a Track that will prepare them to transfer to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts program. The courses provide a solid preparation for advanced study of Economics and are transferable to colleges and universities in the state of Michigan. By declaring this Pre-Major, students are on track to graduate with both an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work from the General Education course list.  Course work must be selected as directed in the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.  Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement.

Social Sciences

Select two (2) Social Sciences General Education electives from two (2) different subject areas.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Select two (2) Natural Sciences General Education courses from two (2) different subject areas; one (1) must be a lab.


Select one (1) Mathematics General Education Elective.

General Education Total Credit Hours

30 (minimum)

Program Tracks

Select the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Program Track.

Bachelor of Science Track

Total Credit Hours


Transfer Notes

Contact the university/college you intend to transfer to for assistance with course selections and verification of the transferability of course/credits.

Essential Abilities/Technical Standards

Grand Rapids Community College

Essential Abilities - Economics

The Grand Rapids Community College economics faculty has specified essential abilities (technical standards) critical to the success of students in any GRCC economics class. Students must demonstrate these essential abilities to succeed in their program of study. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria, as well as these essential abilities (technical standards) with or without reasonable accommodations.

1. Essential judgment skills to include: ability to identify, assess, and comprehend economic assumptions, theory, models, and data for the purpose of problem solving and economic analysis.

2. Essential physical/neurological functions to include: ability to use the sense of sight to make correct judgments regarding graphs, charts, and written material. Behaviors that demonstrate essential neurological and physical functions include, but are not limited to observation, listening, understanding relationships, writing, graphing, calculations and psychomotor abilities consistent with economics course expectations.

3. Essential communication skills to include: ability to communicate effectively with fellow students, faculty, and all members of the economics programs. Skills include verbal, written, mathematical, and nonverbal abilities as well as information technology skills consistent with effective communication.

4. Essential emotional coping skills: ability to manage potential stressors that accompany tasks necessary to safely engage in the study of complex, technical economic models and a variety of economic issues. These may include but are not limited to discussions of poverty, inequality, wages, discrimination, the environment, and political debates around economic issues.

5. Essential intellectual/conceptual skills to include: ability to calculate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to engage competently in the practice of economics.

6. Other essential behavioral attributes: The student must demonstrate responsibility and accountability for actions as a student in the Economics Department.

Grand Rapids Community College strives to be more than ADA compliant. We strive to be accessible and welcoming to all students of all abilities. After reviewing the Essential Abilities/Technical Standards for this program; your responsibilities as a student entail determining if you can complete all associated coursework either:

  1. With Accommodation. I am otherwise qualified to meet the same academic standards as any other student entering the program. However, based on a medically documented condition or diagnosis, I would qualify for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). I will meet with Disability Support Services on campus to arrange those accommodations in an interactive process with the department of Economics.

  2. Without Accommodation. I am able to complete the program without need for reasonable accommodation or modification. In the event my medical documentation reveals otherwise or a condition manifests that would necessitate an accommodation; it is my responsibility to inform a responsible authority figure within the department of economics and work with Disability Support Services to see if a reasonable accommodation or modification can be made.

If you have a medically documented condition or diagnosis, please contact the economics office, or contact Disability Support Services (DSS) at or by phone at 616.234.4140 to arrange accommodations through our interactive process.

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