Economics Courses

List of Courses:
  • 203 - Principles of Microeconomics
    An introduction to economics with special emphasis on microeconomic concepts. These focus on decision-making by individuals and organizations such as firms, government departments, and supra-national organizations. Students develop economic perspectives on a wide variety of topics; examples include the minimum wage, environmental legislation, Social Welfare policy, and entrepreneurship. First course in the economics and in the business administration majors' sequence.
  • 204 - Principles of Macroeconomics
    Continues the study of economic theory and analysis begun in ECON 203. Major topics include aggregate demand and supply, money, employment, economic growth, monetary and fiscal stabilization policy, national income and product accounts, inflation, and international economics. The assumptions of Keynesian, neoclassical, monetarist, and "supply-side" programs are also explored. Prerequisite: ECON 203.
  • 231 - Comparative Economic Systems
    Examines resource allocation systems of various nations; stresses comparison of free market, social democratic, market socialist, and centrally planned economies.
  • 271 - Environmental Economics
    This course provides an economic perspective on natural resource and environmental issues. Topics such as sustainability, pollution, allocation of non-renewable resources, ecosystem management, and global climate change are examined using two different approaches: traditional economic theory; and ecological economics, which considers economic activity in the context of the biological and physical systems in which it occurs.
  • 303 - Intermed Microeconomic Theory
    Builds on principles studied in ECON 203. Emphasis is on understanding the primary economic determinants of a firm's profitability: the elasticity of its demand curve, its cost structure, and the structure of the industry/market the firm is in. Students will develop their understanding of these concepts through individual and team research on real companies and through guest lectures. Prerequisite: ECON 203 and ECON 204.
  • 304 - Intermed Macroeconomic Theory
    Builds on the principles studied in ECON 204. Focus is on the use of the long-run Classical and short-run fixed price analyses to explore the alternative policy options available to government in its attempts to promote economic welfare. Prerequisite: ECON 203 and ECON 204.
  • 316 - Economic Development
    This course focuses on the economic factors and processes that can contribute to economic growth and development. Topics covered include: the role of population growth, free markets vs. market controls, the role of education, sources of capital for development (domestic saving vs. foreign investment) and the impact of government economic policies (fiscal and monetary). The course examines economies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to communicate the enormity and complexity of the task of economic development.
  • 321 - Money and Banking
    Principles of money and the monetary system; commercial bank and thrift operations; central banking and monetary management. Prerequisite: ECON 203 and ECON 204.
  • 331 - International Economics
    Studies the influence on economic activity of free international trade, tariffs, trade blocs, exchange rate systems, and immigration policies. Examines international institutions such as cartels, multinational corporations, and common market systems. Prerequisite: ECON 203.
  • 431 - Evolution of Economic Thought
    Historical development of economic thought from its origins to the present. Open only to economics majors.