Economics Minor

Department of Economics

The minor in Economics allows students to sample what economics has to offer.  Students are required to take Principles of Macroeconomics (201), Principles of Microeconomics (202) and either Microeconomics (303) or Macroeconomics (304).  These courses lay out the basic theoretical framework that economists use to view the world.   Students choose between Introduction to Economic Analysis (300) and Introductory Econometrics (361) as a way to learn how economists do research, use statistical analysis, and  present their findings in either written or verbal form.  Students fill out the minor by taking 3 courses in the fields of economics that most interest them.

Requirements for the Economics Minor

Twenty one (21) credits to include ECON 201 and 202; either ECON 303 or 304; either ECON 300 or 361; and nine additional credits in upper level economics courses.

Economics Course Offerings

Economics course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of ECON in the course listings.

201 – Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

One half of the two-semester introduction to economics and economic theory in the context of a general education course. Survey of economic activity in the economy as a whole, focusing on such issues as economic growth and business cycles, unemployment, and inflation.

202 – Principles of Microeconomics (3)

One half of the two-semester introduction to economics and economic theory in the context of a general education course. Economic analysis of households, firms, and markets.

300 – Introduction to Economic Analysis (3)

Prerequisites: Economics 201 and 202, and major or minor status. This first course in a three course sequence (including 361 and 462) on the development of research skills in economics, students will be introduced to the tools of economic analysis, including how to develop a good research question, how to do a literature search in economics, how to find and collect economic data, and how to integrate economic theory and empirical analysis, as wall as oral and written presentation skills.

301 – Mathematical Economics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Use of mathematical methods in economic analysis. Topics will include equilibrium analysis, comparative statics, and optimizations.

303 – Microeconomics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Systematic study of the role of the price system in organizing economic activity and an evaluation of its effectiveness.

304 – Macroeconomics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Analysis of the determinants of macroeconomic activity including national income, employment, and the price level. Investigation of the capabilities and limits of government stabilization and growth policies.

311 – Industrial Economics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Case study analysis of different types of structural organization, behavior, and performance of industry

321 – Money and Banking (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Analysis of financial instruments, markets and intermediaries and monetary policy.

322 – Investment Analysis (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Introduction to portfolio theory and the evaluation of investment alternatives. Topics include the stock market and the valuation of securities.

324 – Economics of Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Exploration of economic issues associated with philanthropy and the non-profit sector.

331 – Environmental and Resource Economics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. The application of economic methods to analysis of environmental and natural resource issues. Public policy issues will also be considered.

333 – Introduction to Game Theory (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Introduction to the theory of games as applied to the study of economics, business and international affairs. Topics include games of complete and incomplete information and noncooperative games and cooperative games.

341 – Public Finance (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Economic analysis of the impact of government spending and taxation on the allocation of resources and distribution of income.

342- Law and Economics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Economic analysis of legal rules and institutions.

351 – Poverty, Affluence, and Equality (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Economic analysis of the distributions of income and wealth, poverty, and discrimination.

352 – Labor Economics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Economics of labor force participation, occupational choice, education and training, mobility, compensation systems, productivity and unemployment. Specific topics at discretion of instructor.

354 – Urban and Regional Economics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. An economic analysis of contemporary urban topics including location theory and economic structure of cities, growth and development of central cities and ghettos, housing, transportation, poverty, crime, and fiscal issues.

361 – Introductory Econometrics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201, 202 and 300.   ECON 361 is the second course of a three-course sequence (including 300 and 462) on the development of research skills in economics.  The course provides students with a more sophisticated understanding of the statistical methods used in economics and expects students to produce more sophisticated economic research.

374 – History of Economic Thought (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. A survey of economic analysis from antiquity to the 21st century. Focus on the 18th and 19th centuries.

375 – American Economic History (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. The study of factors contributing to the economic development of the United States.

381– Mircofinance for Development (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202.   Discusses the economic lives of the poor, provides an introduction to the theoretical foundations of microfinance, and reviews the relationship between microfinance, household level poverty and the development process.

382 – International Economics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. An introduction to international trade, the balance of payments, exchange rate determination, and related issues of international economic policy.

384 – Economic Development (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. An introduction to theories of economic development. Focus on current problems of developing countries.

405 – Contemporary Economic Issues (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201, 202, 303 and 304. Discussion of contemporary issues in economic theory and policy.

462 – Advanced Economic Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: ECON 201, 202, 361 and Senior Standing.  ECON 462 is the third course in a three-course sequence (along with 300 and 361) in the development of research skills in economics.  This course has the highest expectations with respect to mastery of statistical methods in economic research and the quality of research produced.  This course serves as a capstone to the study of economics at the University.

482 – International Finance (3)

Prerequisite: ECON 201, 202 and 382. Survey of the major topics in contemporary international finance: exchange rate determination, international banking, currency speculation, and European Monetary Union.

485 – New Institutional Economics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201, 202, and 384.  Comparison of the institutions that govern the production and distribution of goods and services in different countries. Focus on the evolution of institutions and their influence on economic performance.

488 – Seminar in Economics (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Special topics of interest to faculty and students.

490 – “La Ceiba” Experiential Learning  (Credits variable)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202 and permission of the instructor. A faculty supervised experience designed to challenge students to go outside of the bounds of the typical classroom and operate a microfinancial institution in Honduras.

491 – Individual Study in Economics (1-6)

Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202. Directed individual research on an approved topic in economics. Required for honors in economics.

499 – Internship (Credits variable)

Prerequisites: ECON201 and 202. Supervised off-campus experience, developed in consultation with the department.