Economics

Requirements & Courses

  • Major Requirements
    Thirty-six credits which must include:
    1. Eight credits from ECN-111, 112, 122, or other approved 100-level course
    2. ECN-217, 311, 312, and 317
    3. Twelve credits of ECN at or above the 300-level
    4. Successful completion of ECN-500 or a minimum score of 150 on the Major Field Achievement Test in Economics is required for the Department’s comprehensive evaluation. Students should schedule the MFAT for the Fall Term of their senior year. Students who fail the Fall MFAT will retake it in the Winter Term. Students who fail a second time will be given an oral comprehensive evaluation.
    5. All 36 credits that count toward the major must be taken for letter grade. Economics courses may be taken for S/F credit but only above and beyond the 36 credits taken for letter grade for the major.
    6. Prior approval is required for all transfer credit for any 300-level or above ECN coursework.
    7. Honors candidates must have a minimum overall 3.3 GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the Economics Department, complete ECN-500 and present that work in some forum, either internal or external.
    8. The Department recommends that students supplement the major with courses from other areas, including (but not limited to) Business Administration, Computer Science, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology.  Students interested in Economics graduate work are strongly encouraged to take at least a year of calculus or other advanced Mathematics classes.  Computer Science classes are also useful as preparation for Economics graduate work. 
  • Minor Requirements
    Twenty-four credits which must include:
    1. Eight credits from ECN-111, 112, 122, or other approved 100-level course
    2. Sixteen additional credits of ECN coursework (which may not be taken for S/F credit)
  • Four credits from ECN, with the exception of practicum or independent study courses, count towards the Distributive Requirements in the Social Sciences.

Courses

  • ECN
    180
    .
    Readings in Economics
    1-4
    Selected introductory topics in Economics announced in advance. May be taken more than once for credit if topics are different.
  • ECN
    201
    .
    Principles of Macroeconomics
    4
    Introductory survey of macroeconomic theory and national policy. Supply and demand analysis and solutions to basic economic problem of scarcity in the American economy. Examines relationship between national income and its determinants with emphasis on role of fiscal and monetary policies in stabilizing national economic performance.
  • ECN
    202
    .
    Principles of Microeconomics
    4
    Introductory survey of microeconomic theory. Principles of consumer demand; production, exchange and distribution in capitalist economies; labor and resource markets; international trade and exchange rate theory and policy.
  • ECN
    *
    301
    .
    Intermediate Microeconomics
    4
    ECN-201 and 202
    Price mechanism and elasticity concepts. Theories of consumer behavior and producer behavior. Pricing in product and resource markets. General equilibrium theory.
  • ECN
    *
    311
    .
    Intermediate Macroeconomics I
    4
    ECN-100 level course or permission
    Models of national income determination. The monetary system and the relationship between money and financial markets. Monetary theory and policy. Explanations of inflation and unemployment. Business cycles and economic growth theory.
  • ECN
    *
    317
    .
    Econometrics
    4
    ECN-100 level and ECN-217, or permission
    Survey of standard forecasting techniques in business and economics. Introduces the use of econometric models with emphasis on multiple regression, simulation modeling and time-series analysis. Special attention to applying forecasting techniques to real-world data.
  • ECN
    *
    318
    .
    Mathematical Economics
    4
    ECN-201 and 202; MTH-113 or 121
    Formal application of mathematical tools to micro- and macroeconomic analysis; algebra, sets, matrix algebra, differential and integral calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations, and finite difference equations.
  • ECN
    *
    320
    .
    Money & Capital Markets
    4
    ECN-100 level or permission.
    Analysis of money and capital market instruments and financial market interrelationships. Investigates role of financial intermediaries as both suppliers and users of credit. Emphasizes influences of monetary policy and regulations on functioning of U.S. and world credit markets.
  • ECN
    *
    321
    .
    Public Finance
    4
    ECN-201 and 202
    The economics of government. Revenue and expenditure policies of federal, state and local governments in theory and practice; tax shifting and incidence. Study of current fiscal and related public policy issues.
  • ECN
    *
    326
    .
    Economic Development
    4
    ECN-100 level or permission
    Seeks to answer the question why some countries are rich and other countries poor. The role of the economist in development will be examined.
  • ECN
    *
    331
    .
    International Trade
    4
    ECN-100 level or permission
    Examines the exchange across international borders of goods, services and factors, and the impacts of this trade on domestic and global economies both in theory and practice. Theories of trade are compared and contrasted to both empirical studies and histories of trade. Topics include free trade, commercial policy, barriers to trade, foreign investment, imperialism and political economy of trade.
  • ECN
    *
    332
    .
    International Finance
    4
    ECN-100 level or permission
    Examine the principles and practical aspects of international finance. Theories of exchange rate determination are compared and contrasted. Topics include, but are not limited to: comparative advantage, arbitrage, international macroeconomics, foreign exchange issues, global money and capital markets, exchange rate forecasting and interest rate swaps.
  • ECN
    *
    339
    .
    History of Economic Thought
    4
    ECN-201 and 202
    Historical development of economic ideas, paradigms and ideologies: Mercantilist, Physiocrat, Classical, Marxian, Neo-Classical, Institutionalist and Keynesian.
  • ECN
    *
    340
    .
    Environmental Economics
    4
    ECN-100 level or permission
    Survey of both theories and practices of the economics of natural resources and the environment. Topics include: notions of value and property, externalities, renewable and nonrenewable resources, willingness-to-pay arguments, cost-benefit analysis, natural resource policy, hazardous waste, environmental policy, sustainable development, and environmental racism and classism.
  • ECN
    *
    345
    .
    Labor Economics
    4
    ECN-100 level or permission
    Survey the field of labor economics. Topics include the theory of allocation of time, life cycle theory, labor supply, theory of the firm, labor demand, wage determination, human capital theory, occupational wage differentials, and theories of labor market discrimination.
  • ECN
    *
    355
    .
    Globalization in Latin America
    4
    ECN-201 and Permission
    Students spend the Spring Term in a Latin American nation living with a local family, improving their Spanish skills, participating in a two week service-learning project, attending seminar presentations by resident scholars, and studying the socioeconomic impacts of trade and globalization in the country being visited.
  • ECN
    *
    360
    .
    General Economic History
    4
    ECN-201 and 202 or Permission
    Survey of major forms of economic systems from paleolithic times to present: Stone Age economy, Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Mesoamerica, Classical Greece and Rome, feudal and manorial Europe, mercantile and industrial Europe and America. Economic institutions of reciprocity, redistribution and market.
  • ECN
    *
    370
    .
    Regional Economics
    4
    ECN-201 and 202
    Industrial/agricultural location and human migration theories and cases. Economic bases for land-use patterns, central places, regional/urban structure. Examination of urban problems. Regional and urban growth models. Business feasibility studies and public cost-benefit analysis.
  • ECN
    *
    380
    .
    Topics in Economics
    4
    ECN-201 or 202
    Selected topics in economics announced in advance. May be taken more than once for credit if topics are different.
  • ECN
    *
    385
    .
    Economics Practicum
    4
    Requires Junior standing or permission.
  • ECN
    *
    499
    .
    Economics Independent Study
    4
    Under supervision, student formulates project topic, conducts research and prepares a properly documented paper presenting conclusions and support. Requires instructor permission.
  • ECN
    *
    500
    .
    Senior Thesis
    4
    Requires instructor permission.