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Undergraduate Courses

Below you will find a list of graduate courses that are regularly taught. Students also have the option to complete an independent study.  Those interested in doing an independent study should consult with a faculty member that they are interested in working with.  In parentheses are the semesters that the course is typically taught (i.e. Fall, Winter, Summer) (coming soon). For more information on undergraduate courses, or the undergraduate program, please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator, Dr. Christopher Elias.

ECON 100 - Introduction to Economic Problems and Policies (GEKS)

A nontechnical introduction to basic problems facing the U.S. economy and different opinions over economic policy choices. Analysis of the controversial role of government in a private market economy. 

ECON 103L1 - Economics for Living (GELB)

This course develops the tools and skills needed to survive and thrive in daily life.   Focus is on understanding the economy and on how to evaluate costs and benefits related to everyday choices like student loans, the use of banks and credit, healthcare insurance options, and retirement plan participation. 

ECON 108 - Introduction to the Global Economy (GEGA)

An introductory-level course accessible to student who have had no prior exposure to economics. It explains the basic concepts and principles of global economics in a non-technical, non-mathematical manner. Students learn about the challenges and the opportunities that are presented by the globalization of the world economy. 

ECON 201 - Principles of Macroeconomics (GEKS)

The first half of basic principles of economics. Emphasizes macroeconomic concepts of national income, fiscal and monetary policy, and problems of unemployment, inflation and economic growth. 

ECON 202 - Principles of Microeconomics (GEKS)

Second half of an introduction to basic principles of economics. Emphasizes microeconomic concepts of demand, supply and problems relating to prices and resource allocation. 

ECON 310 - Economic Statistics

Introduction to the statistical measurement and analysis of data with applications to economics. Elements of descriptive statistics, probability, random samples, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing and regression analysis are examined. 

ECON 320 - Labor Economics

Analysis of the theory of wage determination, with attention to labor supply and labor demand, human resource development, trade unions and labor market institutions. 

ECON 328 - Economics of Women

The changing economic role of women in the labor force. Analysis of policies affecting earnings, employment, and work and family issues in traditional and nontraditional occupations. Includes some international comparisons. 

ECON 336 - Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources

The application of economic concepts and analysis to problems of environment and management of natural resources.

ECON 340 - Money and Banking

The nature and role of money and credit, the banking system and other financial institutions, and the relation of monetary policy to the level of economic activity. 

ECON 350 - Government Finance

This course examines the role of government in market economies. We analyze current government expenditure programs, such as welfare, health, environmental, housing, education and social security programs. We also analyze equity and efficiency effects of taxes including personal income, corporate income, sales, property and Social Security taxes. 

ECON 361 - Financial Economics

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of modern financial economics and their applications in managing financial health and performance, time and resource allocation, household decisions, asset valuation and pricing, risk and efficiency, and corporate finance. 

ECON 375 - Economic History of the United States

Analyzes economic history of the United States including colonial relationships; regional specialization; slavery; property rights; technology; transportation; industrialization; trade flow; monetary and fiscal policy and income distribution. 

ECON 379 - Special Topics, Economics of the U.S. Wine Industry

The wine industry is becoming an increasingly important part of the U.S. economy. More than 7,000 wine firms produce over 15,000 wine products that are purchased by 100 million wine consumers each year. Total wine consumption in the U.S. is now higher than in any other nation in the world. The wine industry has recently received increased attention within the discipline of economics. The American Association of Wine Economists, a non-profit educational organization started in 2006, is dedicated to promoting economic research on topics related to the wine industry, and publishes The Journal of Wine Economics. The objective of this course is to provide a detailed understanding the U.S. wine industry and introduce the student to the emerging field of study of wine economics. Moreover, the wine industry lends itself to a novel and fun application of the tools of microeconomic analysis and industrial organization.

ECON 385 - Economic Development

The causes, the consequences and possible solutions of economic problems facing the developing countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia. Emphasis on mass poverty, food shortages, overpopulation, unemployment and unequal income distribution.

ECON 405 - Economic Analysis for Business

Analytical tools and methods of economic theory used in business management, focusing on production, cost, pricing and investment. Application includes demand estimation and economic forecasting. 

ECON 407 - Economic Analysis and Law

The application of economic analysis to the law, including property law, contract law, family law, torts, criminal law, constitutional law, antitrust and environmental law. 

ECON 411 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis

Examines macroeconomic theories of the determination of national income, employment, the price level, interest rates and economic growth; and linkages between the domestic and international economies. Topics include unemployment, inflation, monetary and fiscal policy, and the policy positions of various schools of thought. Standard analytical tools, such as IS-LM and aggregate demand and supply are examined.  

ECON 412 - Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis

Analyzes contemporary theories of consumer and firm behavior, prices, and resource allocation. Examines firm behavior for several market structures, and evaluates the efficiency and equity implications of market outcomes. 

ECON 415 - Introduction to Econometrics

Introduction to the mathematical formulation of economic theories. The use of statistical procedures to measure the theoretical relationships and to verify or reject the theories. Quantitative predictions, measurements and statistical test of the predictions. 

ECON 416 - Time-Series Econometrics

This course focuses on the modeling time-series data and estimating time-series relationships using examples from macroeconomic theory and policy. The topics covered in this course included autoregressive and moving averages (ARIMA) models, unit root cointegration, generalized autoregressive conditional heteroscedasticity (GARCH) models, vector autoregressive (VAR) models, vector error correction (VECM) models, and non-stationary and dynamic panel models.

ECON 421 - Advanced Labor Economics

Empirical analysis of the wage determination, labor market discrimination, human capital, income inequality, and unions.

ECON 436 - Health Economics

The production, distribution, supply and utilization of health care resources, especially in the United States. Relevant tools of economic analysis and empirical studies, allocation of resources to the health care sector. 

ECON 445W - Economic Fluctuations and Forecasting (GEWI)

Study of the history, nature and causes of economic fluctuations. Also included are alternate approaches to economic forecasting used by business and government including econometric forecasting; and the role of monetary and fiscal policies, supply shocks, international factors and structural change in generating economic fluctuations. 

ECON 455W - Cost-Benefit Analysis (GEWI)

Cost-benefit analysis techniques and their application to evaluating economic efficiency of government expenditure programs. Determination and distribution of benefits and costs in specific public projects. 

ECON 480W - International Economics (GEWI)

Analysis of theory and economic problems of international trade factor movements, exchange mechanisms, balance of payments, regional economic integration, assistance agencies, and adjustments to changing conditions.