Economics

 

Economics Course Descriptions


ECON 1101 SURVEY OF ECONOMICS  (3-0-3)                                       
Prerequisite: eligibility for MATH 1001and eligibility for ENGL 1101
Basic concepts of micro- and macroeconomics including supply and demand, economic decision-making, prices and wages, money, interest rates, banking system, unemployment, inflation, taxes, and government spending.

ECON 1150 GLOBAL ECONOMIC PROBLEMS (3-0-3)
Impact of international trade, international finance, and foreign direct investment on various parts of the world with emphasis on current world economic problems.

ECON 2030 PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Eligibility for MATH 1111
Fundamental principles and practices of accounting; the construction and interpretation of balance sheets and profit and loss statements; the theory of debits and credits and their application to the accounting process.

ECON 2040 PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2030
The application of accounting principles to specialized problems found in proprietorships, partnerships and corporations, with emphasis on cost accounting theory, modern methods of data processing, and the sources and applications of funds.

ECON 2105 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1101, Eligibility for MATH 1111
Develops methods and reasons for measuring aggregate economic activity in real and nominal terms, models the determination of national income, and considers fiscal and monetary policy alternatives and analyzes their implications. Problems associated with achieving and maintaining aggregate economic stability are discussed.

ECON 2106 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1101, Eligibility for MATH 1111
Comprehensive coverage of individual market functioning, beginning with the concept of scarcity and the economizing problem and moving to supply and demand, is presented. The concept of elasticity is introduced and its measurement and interpretation in a variety of applications is demonstrated. The theories of consumer choice and the production-costs relationship are developed. Individual firm profit maximizing behavior is analyzed and applied to various demand conditions, market structures.

ECON 3050 INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2105
Analysis of theories of national income determination and the factors affecting employment and price level are presented.

ECON 3060 INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2106 and either MATH 1950 or MATH 1161
Theory of pricing, distribution, and/or allocation of resources in a market economy including production and cost theory.

ECON 3100 MULTINATIONAL ECONOMIC ENTERPRISES (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2105
Evolution of multinational economic enterprises and their effect on jobs and exports/imports in the U.S. and on the economics of less developed countries.

ECON 3210 MARKETING
Prerequisite: ACCT 2101 and ECON 2106
Marketing functions, the activities of producers, wholesalers, retailers and other middlemen, the channels of distribution, itergration of the marketing functions, price policies and government regulation. 

ECON 3220 MANAGEMENT
Prerequisite: ECON 2106
Management of organizations with an emphasis on the fundamentals of organizational behavior. Topics include organizational structure, leadership, communication, motivation, group dynamics, decision -making, planning and controlling. Business ethics and the roles and functions of managers are integrated throughout all these topics

ECON 3230 FINANCE
Prerequisite: ACCT 2101 and ECON 2106
The basic concepts and analytical tools of finance in both corporate finance and investments. Topics include risk and return, financial institutions, efficient markets, valuation theory, capital budgeting, portfolio theory, cost of capital.

ECON 3450 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2106
Economic analyses of pollution and pollution abatement policies, renewable and non-renewable natural resources, and equitable and efficient uses of environmental resources.

ECON 5300U MONEY AND BANKING (3-0-3)
The study of governmental and corporate finance, with emphasis on fiscal and monetary policy, opening market operations, discount policy, and the functions and problems associated with central banking.

ECON 3470 ECONOMICS OF HEALTH (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2106
Analysis of the roles and functions of uncertainty, asymmetric information, externalities, institutions, and government involvement in the health care sector.

ECON 3500 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2106
Examination of economic theories used to aid in decision making in the private sector including demand and elasticity, production and cost theory, pricing policies, linear programming, and capital budgeting.

ECON 3600 MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2105, ECON 3060 and either MATH 1161 or MATH 1950
Examination of selected topics in economic theory using mathematics including development of portions of consumer and producer theory and static and dynamic models from macro theory and international finance.

ECON 3700 ECONOMETRICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2105, ECON 2106, MATH 2200
Applied econometrics including parameter estimation, inference, hypothesis testing, and problems of designing econometric models.

ECON 3800 QUANTITATIVE CONSUMER RESEARCH (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2106 and MATH 2200
Research design, data sources and collection, project and client management, data analysis, and reporting/presentation of empirical results pertaining to quantitative studies of consumer behavior. Requires use of computers for statistical analysis and presentations.

ECON 3950 RESEARCH IN ECONOMICS (v-v-[1-3])
Prerequisite: permission of department head, agreement by a faculty member to supervise research. Open to juniors. Uncompensated research to be assigned and directed by an economics faculty member. Students will conduct research using methods appropriate to economics. Student research may include a literature search, field or laboratory observation or experimentation, data collection and analysis, and written and/or oral presentation of results. The research experience and results will be evaluated by a committee of departmental faculty before and upon completion of the research. Credit will vary depending upon the work to be completed. Up to three (3) credit hours may be earned.

ECON 3960 RESEARCH IN INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS (v-v-[1-3])
Prerequisite: Permission of department head and supervising faculty member. Open to juniors. Research on a topic developed from international study directed by an economics faculty member according to the terms of a signed agreement between the student, supervising faculty member, and department head. The research experience and results will be evaluated by a committee of departmental faculty before and upon completion of the research.

ECON 4100 FINANCIAL ECONOMICS: PORTFOLIO ANALYSIS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2105 and ECON 2106 and MATH 2200
Study of the pricing of financial assets such as stocks and bonds, the characteristics of portfolios of financial assets, and the efficiency of financial markets. Practical applications of financial economics principles to the construction and management of portfolios of assets.

ECON 4150 MONEY AND CAPITAL MARKETS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2105 and ECON 2106
An examination of the role of money and financial institution in the exchange process, the Federal Reserve's monetary policy strategy, and the impact of monetary policy on financial markets and aggregate economic activity.

ECON 4400 SEMINAR IN THIRD WORLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2105
Developing areas and their prospects for economic betterment and different theories of underdevelopment including import substitutions and export-led growth. Focus on problems presently facing the third world

ECON 4410 REGIONAL ECONOMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2105 and 2106
The economic structure, growth of regions, city locations, industrial locations, the short-run impact of industrial change upon employment, and long-run per capita income between regions.

ECON 4450 COMPARATIVE ECONOMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2105 or ECON 2106 or permission of instructor
Alternative economic systems as they relate to property rights and incentives, centralization, resource allocation, distribution of income, economic development, and economic transition.

ECON 4460 ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE LAW (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2106
Examines the efficacy of alternative legal arrangements using microeconomic analysis of the common law emphasizing property, contract, tort and criminal law. Topics include the economic basis for the establishment of property rights, ownership solutions to environmental problems, the efficacy of the contract process, and conditions under which breach of contract may be optimal.

ECON 4500 PUBLIC FINANCE (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2105 and 2106
Application of economic principles to the study of the role of government. Emphasis on the reasons for and the effects of government intervention in the economy including market failure, public goods and externalities, public choice, and political equilibrium. Focus on taxation, public debt and cost benefit analysis, and some selected areas of public policy such as welfare, defense, and health care.

ECON 4520, - 30, -40 INTERNSHIP (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor or department head
Open to juniors or above. Applied economic setting using nonprofit agencies such as the Chamber of Commerce, as well as financial institutions and international businesses. Supervision by departmental instructors and agency officials. Students may use only one internship as part of their upper-division economics classes. Open to transient students only with permission of the department head.

ECON 4550 PUBLIC CHOICE (3-0-3)
Prerequisite or corequisite: ECON 3060 or permission of instructor
Application of economic theory and methodology to the study of non-market (political, governmental and other collective) decision making. Causes and consequences of governmental growth, elections, the behavior of bureaucrats, competition among groups and constitutional economics.

ECON 4900 ECONOMIC METHODS AND SENIOR THESIS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite or corequisite: ECON 3050, ECON 3060, and ECON 3700
Should be taken the last term available before graduation. Review of the methods and tools of economic analysis culminating in an extensive research report which will be evaluated by a departmental committee. International economics track requires topic related to international economics. Honors senior theses must meet standards for presentation at a professional conference or submission to a journal.

ECON 5010U, -20U, -30U SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite for ECON 5010U: ECON 2105; Prerequisite for ECON 5020U: ECON 2106; Prerequisite for ECON 5030U: ECON 2105, ECON 2106 and MATH 2200
Upper-level courses not otherwise offered in the economics curriculum. Various substantive topics, theoretical issues and problems, with the possibility to repeat with different topics. No more than two such courses counted in the minor.

ECON 5111U ECONOMICS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP 1 (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
A project-based class focusing on the application of economic principles to real-world business formation and management. This course provides instruction in both the legal and logistical requirements of starting a business and serves as a forum for development of business ideas and practices.

ECON 5112U ECONOMICS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP II (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 5111
Continuation of Economics and Entrepreneurship I, this course will cover advanced business challenges including the financial requirements of starting businesses. Students will work in groups to develop a viable business plan that will be presented to local business owners for review.

ECON 5200U INTERNATIONAL TRADE (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2106
The economic importance and problems of international trade including theories of international trade, the gains from trade, tariffs and non-tariff barrier to trade, US commercial policy, economic integration, and trade policies of developing countries.

ECON 5310U INTERNATIONAL FINANCE (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2105
International monetary relations, different exchange rate systems, the balance of payments disequilibrium, and a survey of major international financial institutions, including IMF and the World Bank.

ECON 5340U INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2105
International monetary relations, different exchange rate systems, the balance of payments adjustment, and a survey of major international financial institutions.

ECON 5400U ECONOMICS OF LABOR (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ECON 2106
Survey of labor economics and labor relations including organization and operation of American trade unionism, collective bargaining, economics of the labor market, wage theory, and income distribution are included. .

ECON 5630U ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THE US (3-0-3)
Growth and development of economic institutions in the United States from the colonial period to the present with emphasis on the period since 1860. Developments in agriculture, industry, labor, transportation, and finance. (Identical to HIST 3630.)
 

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