Economics (ECON)

Professor: MadreseheeAssociate Professor: Moorhouse (Chairperson), Sprunger
Assistant Professor: Yilmaz

The Department of Economics offers three tracks. Track I (General Economics) is designed to provide a broad understanding of economic, social, and business problems. In addition to preparing students for a career in business or government, this track provides an excellent background for graduate or professional studies. Track II (Managerial Economics) develops students’ capacity to analyze the economic environment in which an organization operates and to apply economic reasoning to an organization’s internal decision making. These courses have more of a managerial emphasis than traditional economics courses. Track III (Quantitative Economics) focuses study on the more quantitative and analytical courses in the department. In addition to a broad coverage of economic theory and applications, these courses especially prepare students for statistical analysis and research of economics issues. This is also an excellent track for students interested in graduate school.

Track I: General Economics

requires ECON 110, 111, 331, 440, and 441, and three other courses in economics. Depending on their academic and career interests, students are encouraged to select a minor in another department such as political science, philosophy, or history.

Track II:  Managerial Economics

requires Econ 110, 111, 220, 332 and 441; ACCT 110; BUS 238;  either an accounting course numbered 130 or higher or a second business course (excluding BUS 439); and two other economics courses numbered 200 or above (excluding ECON 349).

Track III:  Quantitative Economics

requires ECON 110, 111, 340, 441; either 227 or 331; MATH 128 or 109; MATH 214 or 332 and either three other economics courses or two other economics courses and one extra math course numbered 129 or higher.

In addition, the department recommends that majors in Track I and Track II take MATH 123.

Track I and Track III majors are encouraged to take ACCT 110. Students interested in graduate school should consult with members of the economics department faculty for recommendations on additional coursework.

The following courses, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the writing intensive requirement: ECON 236, 337, 343 and 440.

Students interested in teacher certification should refer to the Department of Education listing.

Minor

The department offers two minors in economics.

The General Economics minor requires the completion of ECON 110, 111 and three other economics courses numbered 200 or above, or any four economics courses numbered 200 or above.

The Quantitative Economics minor requires five courses including ECON 110 and 111; and three courses from MATH 214 or 332 (not both), ECON 227, 331, 340 or 441.

The Department of Economics is a member of the Institute for Management Studies. For more information, see the Institute for Management Studies listing.

102
CONSUMER ECONOMICS
A course in “family” or “practical” economics, designed to teach students how they and their families can be intelligent consumers; that is, how they can spend, save, and borrow so as to maximize the value they receive for the income they have. Treats subjects such as intelligent shopping; the uses and abuses of credit; investing, savings, buying insurance, automobiles and houses; medical care costs; estates and wills, etc.

110
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
Macroeconomics deals with problems of the economic system as a whole. What influences the level of national income and employment? What is inflation and why do we have it? What is the role of government in a modern capitalistic system? How does business organize to produce the goods and services we demand? How are the American financial and banking systems organized? What is the nature of American unionism? What are the elements of government finance and fiscal policy?

111
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
This course focuses upon microeconomics and selected current economic problems. It deals with the relatively small units of the economy such as the firm and the family. Analyzes demand and supply. Discusses how business firms decide what and how much to produce and how goods and services are priced in different types of markets. Also considers such problems as economic growth, international trade, poverty, discrimination, ecology, and alternative economic systems.

220
MONEY AND BANKING
Covers business fluctuations and monetary and fiscal policy; the financial organization of society; the banking system; credit institutions; capital markets, and international financial relations. Prerequisite: ECON 110.

224
URBAN PROBLEMS
The application of economic theory to the study of significant social, political, and economic problems associated with urbanization, including poverty, employment, education, crime, health, housing, land use and the environment, transportation, and public finance. Analysis of solutions offered. Prerequisite: ECON 110 or 111, or consent of instructor. Alternate years.

225
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
A study of the relationship between environmental decay and economic growth, with particular reference to failures of the price and property-rights systems; application of cost/benefit analysis, measures aimed at the creation of an ecologically viable economy.

227
GAME THEORY
An introduction to the field of game theory. The focus of study is on how people behave in strategic situations. Applications include pricing, bargaining, negotiating, and voting. Prerequisite: ECON 111 or consent of the instructor. Alternate years.

236
AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY
This course examines topics in American Economic History from the post-Civil War era through World War II. Topics covered include the causes of the rise of big business as the dominant means of production, the emergence of the union movement, the growth of the U.S. economy to the largest in the world, and the changing role of government in the economic system.

327
PUBLIC CHOICE
This course focuses on the application of economics to the political processes of voting and bureaucratic behavior. A major theme is the study of problems that can occur within the democratic process because the incentives given to public servants do not always match society’s best interests. Policies and institutions that can improve such problems are explored. U.S. elections and campaigns provide many of the applications for the class. Prerequisite: ECON 110 or 111, or consent of instructor. Alternate years.

330
INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS
An advanced analysis of contemporary theory regarding consumer demand, production costs and theory, profit maximization, market structures, and the determinants of returns to the factors of production. Prerequisite: ECON 110 .  Alternate years.

331
INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMICS
An advanced analysis of contemporary theory and practice with regard to business fluctuation, national income accounting, the determination of income and employment levels, and the use of monetary and fiscal policy. Prerequisite: ECON 110. Alternate years.

332
GOVERNMENT AND THE ECONOMY
An analytical survey of government’s efforts to maintain competition through antitrust legislation to supervise acceptable cases of private monopoly, through public utility regulation via means of regulatory commissions, and to encourage or restrain various types of private economic activities. Prerequisites: ECON 110 and 111, or consent of instructor.

335
LABOR ECONOMICS
This course introduces students to the economic analysis of the market for human resources.  Students learn economic theory of labor demand and labor supply as well as marginal productivity theory, bargaining theories of wages, and human capital theory.  Unions, immigration, and discrimination are also examined.  Prerequisites:  ECON 110 or 111; or consent of the instructor. Alternate years.

337
PUBLIC FINANCE
An analysis of the fiscal economics of the public sector, including the development, concepts, and theories of public expenditures, taxation, and debt at all levels of American government. Also includes the use of fiscal policy as an economic control device. Prerequisites: ECON 110 and 111, or consent of instructor. Alternate years.

340
ECONOMETRICS
Econometric models provide one of the most useful and necessary tools for decision-making.  By using a variety of modern statistical methods, econometrics helps us estimate economic relationships, test different economic behaviors, and forecast different economic variables.  This course prepares students for basic empirical work in economics and focuses on linear regression using both cross-sectional and time-series data.  Prerequisites: MATH 123, ECON 110 and 111; or consent of the instructor. Alternate years.

343
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
A study of the principles, theories, development, and policies concerning international economic relations, with particular reference to the United States. Subjects covered include: U.S. commercial policy and its development, international trade theory, tariffs and other protectionist devices, international monetary system and its problems, balance of payments issues. Alternate years. Prerequisites: ECON 110 and 111.

349
MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM
An apprentice-level work experience for junior or senior economics majors jointly sponsored by the department and a public or private agency (or a subdivision of the college itself) designed to better integrate classroom theory and workplace practice. In addition to attendance at a weekly seminar, students spend 10-12 hours per week at the sponsoring agency per unit of credit. At least one-half of the effort expended will consist of academic work related to agency activities.

440
HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT
A discussion of the origins, development, and significance of the economic ideas embodied in the works of Smith, Marx, Schumpeter, Keynes, and others. Prerequisite: ECON 110 or consent of instructor. Alternate years.

441
MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
The application of economic theory and methodology to the solution of business problems. Subjects include: optimizing techniques, risk analysis, demand theory, production theory, cost theory, linear programming, capital budgeting, market structures, and the theory of pricing. Prerequisites: ECON 110 and 111.

470-479
INTERNSHIP (See index)
Typically off-campus in business, banking, or government, supervised by assigned employee of sponsoring organization.

N80-N89
INDEPENDENT STUDY (See index)
Superior students may select independent study in various courses, particularly in preparation for graduate school.

490-491
INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR DEPARTMENTAL HONORS (See index)