Skip to Content


Economics is the study of how societies, businesses and people manage their scarce resources. It provides a new way to think about the world. You’ll develop an analytical mindset that is invaluable in a wide variety of careers.  

If you have an interest in business, law, government or nonprofits, then an associate degree in Economics provides a great start to your education. You’ll learn important problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that apply to many careers.  

In two years, you’ll be ready to seamlessly transfer to one of seven Minnesota State universities as a junior to earn a bachelor's degree in economics or a related field. 

What can you do with an Economics Degree?

With an associate degree in Economics, you’ll be able to pursue a variety of careers. You’ll have analytical, problem-solving and communication skills which are great foundations for most occupations.   

You’ll learn to think more critically about issues we all face - not just commercial matters such as supply and demand, but also societal concerns such as government intervention, pollution control and inequality.   

Some economics majors become business or government analysts. But many graduates use this data-driven way of thinking to become successful in many fields, including business, law, government, nonprofits and international relations. 

Online Economics Degree

At Normandale, you can earn an online Economics degree. All the classes you’ll need to graduate are available asynchronously, which means you can work through them anytime and from anywhere. 

Online Economics courses incorporate real-world examples that illustrate how economics affect your everyday life, including: 
• Personal finance 
• Consumer economics 
• Principles of macroeconomics 
• Principles of microeconomics 

With an online associate degree in Economics, you can transfer to any of the Minnesota State universities to earn a bachelor's degree in economics or related field.

Economics Program Basics

Economics Faculty

upper arrowtop