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Government and Economics

Economics:

Economics is one of the social sciences. The American Economic Association defines the discipline in this manner:

“Economics can actually be defined a few different ways: it’s the study of scarcity, the study of how people use resources, or the study of decision-making. Economics often involves topics like wealth, finance, recessions, and banking, leading to the misconception that economics is all about money and the stock market. Actually, it’s a much broader discipline that helps us understand historical trends, interpret today’s headlines, and make predictions for coming decades.”

Courses Offered:

Economics 2301: A survey course of basic economic concepts is presented. Topics include supply and demand, consumer behavior, price and output decisions by firms, market structures, factor markets, market failures, and international trade. An emphasis is also given to national income, unemployment, inflation, business cycles, aggregate supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth.

Economics 2302: This is a survey course in which the principles of microeconomics are presented. Topics include the theory of demand, supply, and price of factors. Income distribution and theory of the firm are also included. Emphasis is given to microeconomic applications of international trade and finance as well as other contemporary microeconomic problems.

Both courses are Core Curriculum courses and each is a three (3) credit course.

Career Opportunities:

A simple response to the question, "What can I do with a major in economics?" might be, "Just about anything that involves working with people." Sample career paths include: market research analyst, economic consultant, compensation and benefits manager, actuary, credit analyst, financial analyst, policy analyst, lawyer, management consultant and business reporter.

ACC Economics Faculty:

Jacobson, Frank
Instructor of Economics
Alvin Campus, G110
281-756-3745
Email: fjacobson@alvincollege.edu

Reynolds, Tim
Instructor of Economics
Alvin Campus, C222
281-756-3638
Email: treynolds@alvincollege.edu

Torres, Jose
Instructor of Economics
Alvin Campus, D247
281-756-3739
Email: jtorres@alvincollege.edu

Government:

Government is one of the social sciences; it is also called political science. The American Political Science Association defines the discipline in this manner:

“Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior. Political science subfields include political theory, political ideology, political economy, policy studies and analysis, comparative politics, international relations, and a host of related fields”

Courses Offered:

Government 2305: American Government – This is a survey course which includes coverage of national constitutional topics, the national branches of government, federalism, political participation, the national election process, public policy, civil liberties and civil rights.

Government 2306: Texas and Local Government – This a survey course which includes coverage of state constitutional topics, the state branches of government, intergovernmental relations, political participation, the election process, public policy and the political culture of the state.

Both courses are Core Curriculum courses and each is a three (3) credit course.

Government 2311: Mexican-American Politics (available, spring 2018 semester) – This course reviews the influence of Mexican-Americans and their culture on all levels of government and politics (national, state and local).

This course is a three (credit) course and part of the Mexican-American Field of Study program.

Career Opportunities:

Sample career paths for a government major include: law, consulting, research, state, local and federal government positions, elected office and political party/campaign management, communications (including journalism), lobbying/advocacy, non-governmental and non-profit organizations and teaching.

ACC Government Faculty:

Clapp, Adam
Instructor of Government
Alvin Campus, D246
281-756-3781
Email: aclapp@alvincollge.edu

Jefferies, Kevin
Instructor of Government
Alvin College, D257
281-756-3736
Email: kjefferies@alvincollege.edu

McLane, Elizabeth
Instructor of Government
Alvin Campus, G152
281-756-3742
Email: emclane@alvincollege.edu

Reynolds, Tim
Instructor of Government
Alvin Campus, C222
281-756-3638
Email: treynolds@alvincollege.edu

For more information on the field:
Call the Economics/Government Chair, Elizabeth McLane, at 281-756-3742 or email her at emclane@alvincollege.edu.



For accommodations: 281-756-3531 TDD: 281-756-3845

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Telephone: (281) 756-3500
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