Chairperson: Dr. Warren Jones
Office: Stipes Hall 442
Faculty: Andrianacos, Fosu, Haynes, Jones, Lloyd, A.A. Melkumian, A.V. Melkumian, Polley, Rock, Sadler, Westerhold, Yunker.
Economics holds a unique position in the academic curriculum. It is a quantitative social science offering a unique insight into the solution of many social problems. At the same time, economics is essential to an understanding of the business world and has many practical applications in management and financial decision-making. Students find economics a versatile discipline that uses social science methodologies to solve interesting social and business problems.
Two undergraduate majors in economics are available. The Bachelor of Arts in Economics is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students majoring in economics can minor in political science, finance, or other suitable areas. The Bachelor of Business in Economics, available in the College of Business and Technology, is a comprehensive program to prepare students for the business world. A minor is optional. Consult the directed electives in economics for options to a minor. Students have access to the same economics classes in both programs.
Economics is a flexible degree with many career options available to majors. In recognition of this fact, the faculty have developed a series of optional areas of emphasis. As a consequence, economics majors may choose elective courses, both in economics and in other areas, that will enhance preparation for a particular career objective. The optional areas of emphasis are listed in detail under each degree program. Students are not required to choose an area of emphasis.
GradTrac is available to Economics majors (B.A. and B.B.). See more information about GradTrac.
Bachelor of Arts—Economics
All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Economics must complete I, II, III, and IV. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.
*6 s.h. may count toward the University General Education requirement.
†IM 320 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
All students seeking the Bachelor of Business in Economics must complete I, II, III, IV, and V. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.
†IM 320 (Business Core) fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
*12-15 s.h. may count toward the University General Education requirement.
Minor in Economics: 18 s.h.
100 Introduction to Economics. (3) (General Education/Social Sciences) A survey of the nature and scope of economics for students not planning to major or to minor in economics and not planning to pursue the Bachelor of Business degree. Not open to students who have had Econ 231/232 or the equivalent of either.
IAI: S3 900.
170 The Global Economic Environment. (3) An introduction to exchange rates, balance of payments, trade barriers, trade agreements and economic unions, relevant international institutions, ethical considerations in international dealings, and related topics. Impacts on U.S. consumers and firms will be emphasized.
231 Principles of Macroeconomics I. (3) (General Education/Social Sciences) An introduction to aggregate economics—monetary and banking institutions, national income theory, business cycles, government finance and taxation, and international trade.
IAI: S3 901.
232 Principles of Microeconomics II. (3) (General Education/Social Sciences) A continuation of Econ 231, stressing industrial and labor organization, supply and demand, profit maximization under varying conditions of competition, and factor pricing. Prerequisite: Econ 231.
IAI: S3 902.
310 Economics and Law. (3) An introduction into the economic analysis of the basic areas of law including property, contracts, torts, criminal law, and civil law. The purpose of the course is to examine legal rules using economic concepts and methods. Prerequisite: one of the following courses—Econ 100, 231, 232; or permission of instructor.
325 Money, Banking and Credit. (3) An introduction to the monetary aspects of society, with stress on the role of commercial banks and the Federal Reserve System in our economy. Prerequisite: Econ 231.
328 American Economic History. (3) A study of the development of various economic institutions in the United States with special emphasis on the changing structure and performance of the economy from the colonial period to the present.
330 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. (3) Theory of producer and consumer choice; theory of prices and output determination under varying degrees of competition; theory of factor pricing and income distribution. Prerequisite: Econ 232.
331 Intermediate Macroeconomics. (3) An analysis of the determinants of inflation rates, unemployment, interest rates, and international trade. Theories of cycles of recession and recovery and policies to achieve the society's goals are examined with particular emphasis on stabilizing the economy. Prerequisite: Econ 231.
332 Managerial Economics. (3) Economic theory and analysis designed for business administration students. Economics majors interested in careers in business are encouraged to take this course. Prerequisites: Econ 231 and 232.
350 Economics of Poverty and Discrimination. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) Application of economic tools and concepts to the nature and causes of poverty with an emphasis on discrimination. Analyzes both economic characteristics of the poor and the public policies intended to alleviate poverty and discrimination. Prerequisite: Econ 100 or 231.
387 Econometrics I. (3) A practical introduction to correlation and regression analysis as applied to empirical verification of hypotheses derived from economic theory. The major emphasis is on single equation estimation and testing. Prerequisite: Math 137 or equivalent.
420 Economic Development. (3) A study of less developed countries; problems such as population growth, urbanization, agricultural transformation, unemployment, education and training, and capital formation are addressed. Solutions to these problems are examined and evaluated based on feasibility and practicality. A multi-disciplinary approach is used. Prerequisite: Econ 232.
425 Money Markets, Capital Markets, and Monetary Theory. (3) An institutional and theoretical study of money and capital markets in conjunction with monetary policy. Prerequisite: Econ 231.
430 (cross-listed with AgEc 430) Environmental Economics. (3) This interdisciplinary course examines economic issues involving the interactions between humans and the environment. The course addresses conflicts in land, air, and water use and the role of assigned property rights and public policies in resolving environmental problems. Not open to students with credit in AgEc 430. Prerequisite: Econ 232 or Agri 220.
432 Public Finance. (3) A study of the role of government in promoting a system of effective markets. Includes analyses of the implications of various market distortions, the economic implications of a democratic system, the efficiency of a federal structure, and criteria for public investment decisions and government actions. Prerequisite: Econ 232.
433 Honors Readings in Economics. (1–3, repeatable to 3)Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Graded S/U only.
440 Labor Theory. (3) An analysis of wage theory ranging from classical wages fund approach to marginal productivity theory. A study of labor markets and the productivity changes on employment, output, and wages. Prerequisite: Econ 232 or consent of the instructor.
460 Urban and Regional Economic Analysis. (3) A study of the economics literature on urban and regional economic development theories and techniques. Particular attention is paid to economic policies to stimulate employment and foster income growth. Various measurement techniques for monitoring economic development are examined. Prerequisite: Econ 232.
465 Economics of Energy. (3) A study of primary and secondary sources of energy as they affect the levels of production and consumption in the economy. A general survey of the economic and regulatory problems of coal, petroleum, natural gas, and nuclear industries (including those of utilities) and a brief discussion of the problems and prospects of alternative sources of energy in the context of national energy policies and individual decision-making. Prerequisite: Econ 231 or 232, or consent of the instructor.
470 International Trade. (3) A study of the theoretical and institutional aspects of international trade; effect of trade and factor movements on economic welfare; balance of payments; problems of international disequilibrium; process of balance of payments adjustments; barriers to trade; and the search for economic stability and growth through international cooperation. Prerequisite: Econ 232.
481 Mathematical Economic Techniques. (3) Introduction to the mathematics most frequently used by economists: basic set theory, linear algebra, differentiation, comparative statics, optimization, constrained optimization, and linear programming.
494 Internship. (1–12, repeatable to 12) Supervised employment experience with an approved employer/sponsor. Only 3 hours per semester can be included in the major. For internships that are two semesters or more in length, and with approval of the department chair, a maximum of 6 hours may be included in the major. Prerequisites: Econ 231, 232, one intermediate theory course, and permission of the department chairperson. Graded S/U only.
495 Current Economic Issues. (3)Prerequisite: Econ 231, 232, 330, 331; senior economics major status.
499 Individual Research in Economics. (1–3, repeatable to 3)Prerequisites: senior status and a major in economics; written permission of the department chairperson. Graded S/U only.