Supply and demand. Inflation. Opportunity cost. Economic principles affect how business is done from the corner store to halfway around the world. As an economist, you can help companies prepare for and react to changes in our interconnected world.



Hone in on the role of the economist, starting with the fundamentals and working toward more advanced concepts.


Our degrees can help the lay the foundation for your continued education.


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A Strayer associate degree in economics gives you the foundational economic skills upon which you can build a successful career. In addition to providing a broad understanding of the global economy, our program also develops your communication and critical-thinking skills to enhance your employability.


A Degree with a Difference

85% of Strayer associate degree recipients who responded to our survey said their degree had an impact on meeting their professional or career goals.

— OIRAE Graduates Survey, April 2013

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Associate in Arts in Economics



Learn the fundamentals of micro- and macroeconomics
Develop communication, analysis and quantitative competencies
Strengthen your understanding of the global economy
Increase your professional net worth, and start on a path toward career advancement
Explore the economic policies that affect our daily lives
Prepare to pursue a bachelors degree in economics to further your knowledge and marketability

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$1,420.00 per course (Full-Time), $1,420.00 per course (Part Time). Textbooks and supplies are not included in the tuition rates and must be purchased by the student. You should allow approximately $3,000.00 for textbooks and supplies over the course of your degree.

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Part-time 2 or fewer classes per quarter (classes start 4 times per year) 2.5 years or more

Strayer University's academic calendar runs on te quarter systems, which means that classes start 4 times per year. Classes meet for 11 weeks with 1-2 week breaks between quarters. The above times to graduate assume that students are enrolled in consecutive quarters. All of these facts and figures refer to any concentration that you choose.


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  • • Increase your professional net worth, and start on a path toward career advancement
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ECO 101-Microeconomics

Examine the economic decision-making process, the theory of consumer behavior, firm economics and market structure. Discuss major issues of welfare economics, comparative systems and other microeconomics topics.

ECO 102-Macroeconomics

Examine the relationships of aggregate economic activity, output determination and national economic problems of inflation and unemployment. Consider the appropriate use of government fiscal and monetary policy to alleviate these problems. Discuss economic growth, economic development and the effects of international trade

ECO 250-Comparative Economic Systems

Prerequisite: ECO 100 or ECO 102

Analyze the main economic systems operating today and their effect on international trade policies. Compare economic internal growth in centrally planned, mixed and capitalist economics. Analyze the performance of various economic systems in today’s global economy and discuss important problems and issues of economic transition. Compare the basic theories of economic systems and various models of economic transition.

ECO 301-Intermediate Microeconomics

Prerequisite: ECO 101

Examine the economic theory of consumer behavior, production and costs, the firm, price, distribution, general equilibrium and welfare. Address more advanced microeconomic theories and concepts.

ECO 302-Intermediate Macroeconomics

Prerequisite: ECO 101 or ECO 102

Undertake a systematic study of the theory of aggregate economics, including the level and growth of national income and employment, the degree of utilization of productive capacity, and the general level of prices.

ECO 305-International Economics

Prerequisite: ECO 100

Get a comprehensive account of the theory and practice of international trade and international monetary relations. Focus on modern trade theory and applications, trade policies and arrangements, and international factor movements. Cover topics in international financial relations, including the balance of payments, exchange rate determination and regimes, international economic policy and international banking.

ECO 320-Money and Banking

Prerequisite: ECO 101 or ECO 102

Discuss the role of financial institutions, the banking system, the Federal Reserve System and the nature and effectiveness of monetary policy tools.

FIN 100-Principles of Finance

Get a foundation in business finance, starting with a conceptual framework for the financial decision-making process and an introduction to financial tools and techniques, including financial mathematics, capital budgeting, sources of funds and financial analysis. Topics include acquisition and use of short-term and long-term capital; financial markets, institutions and instruments; financial control; time value of money; cash, operation and long-range budgeting; and cost of capital.

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Finish paying for college and begin to turn a profit on your degree sooner when you combine Strayer’s affordable associate degree with the option to complete your program in less than 2 years. **


**Transfer of college credit, challenge exams and other individual circumstances may allow you to complete your degree sooner. Students study at their own pace and on their own schedule. Most students attend part time. Normal time for program completion is 3.5 years.

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