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Economics

Chair John L. Deal, Matthew N. Hendryx

Economics is the study of how people make choices. The Department of Economics provides the theoretical tools than can be used to analyze such issues as discrimination, poverty, pollution and international relations. The department offers a wide range of courses that allow the student to obtain the foundation for careers in business, teaching, government and law. Our program places an emphasis on the development of analytical/critical thinking skills, quantitative and communication skills, and an ethical and global perspective on economic issues.

Baccalaureate Degree

Courses listed in parentheses are prerequisites.

 

Major in economics, 41-47 hours: ECON 221, 222, 331, 332, 350, 499; MATH 210; 15 hours of electives chosen from 300 and 400 level courses in economics, (POSC 121 or 122) POSC 225, (POSC 140) POSC 365.

Majors must successfully complete the senior comprehensive evaluation prior to graduation. Details are available from the department chair.

Minor in economics, 24-28 hours: ECON 221, 222, 331, 332; MATH 120; nine hours of electives selected from 300 and 400 level economics courses.

Courses ECON

115 ECONOMIC CONCEPTS - 3 hours
An introduction to basic economic concepts and their role in the analysis of public and private economic decisions. An emphasis will be placed on the application of those concepts to public policy issues, such as those related to the environment, health care, economic development, money and banking, and government taxes and expenditures. C-4HE.

221 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS - 3 hours
The principles of economics with emphasis on methodology of economic analysis, supply and demand theory, market theory, resource allocation, public provision of goods and the economic discussion of environmental quality and resource use. C-4HE.

222 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS - 3 hours
The principles of economics with emphasis on national income analysis, national problems of unemployment and inflation, banking, fiscal and monetary policies, and international economics. This course will discuss the choices society must make within the economic framework. C-4HE.

303 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS - 3 hours
A study of the economics of environmental and natural resource issues. The natural resource issues will include energy, renewable and nonrenewable resources, and sustainability. The environmental issues will include the analysis of optimal pollution levels, environmental regulations and alternative policies to reduce pollution and global warming. Prerequisites: ECON 115 or ECON 221 or consent of instructor.

310 MONEY AND BANKING - 3 hours
Analyzes money and financial institutions and their roles in the economic system. Discusses the Federal Reserve System and the commercial banking system, the historical role of money in a society, and the vital relationship between money, interest rates, price and output. Prerequisite: ECON 222 or consent of instructor.

320 ECONOMICS OF RACE, GENDER AND CLASS - 3 hours
An introduction to differences in economic outcomes as a result of group (race/gender/class) membership. Economic inequality from an environment of unequal power, participation rules, and access to resources is explored. Topics include premarket discrimination, leisure-labor and household decisions, market discrimination, forms of oppression, race/gender/class bias (past and present), social change and public policy. Prerequisite: junior or senior class standing.

325 INTERNATIONAL FINANCE - 3 hours
This course focuses on the financial transactions of the international economy. Topics include the balance of payments, exchange rate determination, international capital markets, monetary integration, fixed and flexible exchange rates, international macroeconomics and the international monetary system. Prerequisite: ECON 222 or consent of instructor.

326 INTERNATIONAL TRADE - 3 hours
This course focuses on the patterns of specialization and trade. Topics include the study of various trade models (inter-industry trade), increasing returns and imperfect competition (intra-industry trade), trade restrictions, trade policy, factor movements, economic integration and models of economic geography. Prerequisite: ECON 221 or consent of instructor.

328 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - 3 hours
An introduction to the economic experiences of the developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Topics include theories of development and the issues of population growth, poverty, income inequality, external dependence and debt, governmental inefficiencies, environmental erosion, the agricultural sector and trade policy. Prerequisite: ECON 115 or ECON 221 or ECON 222 or consent of instructor.

331 INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMIC THEORY - 3 hours
An in-depth study of the price-output allocations in the market economy. Topics include consumer theory, market structures and pricing theory, allocation models and related topics. Prerequisites: ECON 221 and MATH 120, or consent of instructor.

332 INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMIC THEORY - 3 hours
A study of theory of income determination for an economy. National income analysis, consumption, investment theory and related topics are included. Prerequisites: ECON 222 and MATH 120, or consent of instructor.

341 ECONOMIC HISTORY (W) - 3 hours
This course focuses on the development of economic systems throughout history from the perspective of significant historical events and figures. Prerequisite: ENG 111.

350 ECONOMETRICS (W) - 3 hours
Research project design in economics using regression techniques to analyze data in light of economic theory. Concepts covered include simple and multiple linear regression, problems in regression, including heteroskedacticity, multicollinearity and autocorrelation, as well as more advanced regression techniques such as simultaneous equation estimation. Prerequisites: ECON 221; ENG 111; MATH 120 and 210 or 240, or consent of instructor.

375 INTERNSHIP IN ECONOMICS - 1-3 hours
Provides academic credit for a supervised professional experience in a field related to economics. The student, faculty advisor and professional supervisor provide evaluation. See the department chair for information and an application. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing in the department and written approval from the department chair.

411 LABOR ECONOMICS - 3 hours
A study of the labor resource, its allocation and resulting impact on the economy. Market pricing and allocation of the labor resource, labor unions and their role in the economy, the government’s role in the labor market, and related topics are included. Prerequisite: ECON 221 or consent of the instructor.

416 PUBLIC SECTOR ECONOMICS - 3 hours
A study of the taxing and expenditure policies of federal, state and local governments. An emphasis will be placed on public policy issues, including income maintenance, health care, social security and agricultural policy. Prerequisite: ECON 221 or consent of instructor.

499 SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR - 3 hours
Conduct an extensive research project grounded in economic theory and utilizing econometric methodologies. The student will work under the close supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: ECON 350, senior standing in the department or consent of instructor.

380 or 480 SPECIAL PROBLEMS - 1-4 hours
A student who has demonstrated ability to work independently may propose a course and pursue it with a qualified and willing professor. The department chair and the vice president and dean for academic affairs also must approve. A set of guidelines is available at the Office of the Registrar.

385 or 485 SEMINAR - 1-4 hours
An in-depth consideration of a significant scholarly problem or issue. Students pursue a supervised, independent inquiry on an aspect of the topic and exchange results through reports and discussions.


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