Taking economics classes at Brookhaven is an affordable way to get started on a path to a brighter future. Whether you’re taking classes to transfer to a four-year college or university, or for personal enrichment, our curriculum will give you the foundational skills you need.
Economics is not just about monetary policy, understanding the stock market or forecasting GDP. What economics actually prepares students to do is much bigger than that.
Economics classes can help any student — no matter their major — understand how products, people, markets and economic and social forces operate and influence one another. Economics can show you the "worth" or "value" of anything, from the latest tech gadget to a career goal, based on what you are giving up in resources, energy and time, and based on what others hold as the "value" for that same thing.
In short, economics provides insight into why people behave the way they do.
What else does economics teach you?
How to deal with data – Econ majors learn how to understand and use statistics to drill down through numbers to find what is significant.
How to think conceptually – Instead of focusing on specifics, economics teaches students how to look at the bigger, system-wide picture and see the way things interact and form relationships.
How to recognize new and developing opportunities – Econ majors can explore data and relationships to see what changes are coming in business markets and where the next great opportunity might be appearing.