ECON Course Descriptions

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ECON 150 Radical Economics: From Sabbath to Socialism

3 hours

Influential thinkers from Moses to Marx have sought to understand and overcome the problem of scarcity in surprising and radical ways. In this class students will learn about ways in which individuals and groups have used these ideas to shape the economy around them. Students will explore the work of secular and Christian thinkers as they seek to understand how to flourish as consumers, workers, and citizens in the modern world.

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ECON 200 Principles of Economics

3 hours

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of economics, and their application at the micro and macro level. In the microeconomic portion of the course the behavior of individuals, households, and firms will be explored. The macroeconomic portion of the course will focus on economy-wide conditions, such as gross domestic product, unemployment, and recessions. Throughout the course the ways in which the economy contributes to, and deters from, human flourishing and well-being will be considered, discussed, and debated.

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ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics

3 hours

An introduction to the macro aspects of the social science concerned with the allocation of resources. Consideration is given to the fundamental principles of the economy as a whole, dealing with economic data, behavior, and theory at the aggregate level of the economy. The course studies topics such as government spending, taxation, and monetary policies, as well as events and issues in the global economy. This course is offered through High School Concurrent Enrollment Early College Program.

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ECON 275 Field Experience

3-6 hours

Supervised experiences in business, financial and research firms, and government agencies. Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: upper-division students and by permission.

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ECON 285 Selected Topics

2-3 hours

Occasional special courses chosen to fit the interests and needs of students and faculty.

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ECON 295 Individualized Study

1-3 hours

Individualized study or supervised research in an area of special interest to the student which is outside the regular offerings of the major. Additional course fee (per credit) is required.

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ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics

3 hours

The course studies the economy as a whole by examining the national income account, monetary policy and its aggregates such as money supply, price level, and interest rates, and fiscal policy and its aggregates such as real income, consumption, and investment. It covers topics presented in ECON 200 in a more advanced manner. The course will analyze the economy in the long run when prices are flexible, in the very long run with a special emphasis on capital accumulation, and in the short run when prices are sticky. It also discusses the microeconomics behind macroeconomics by analyzing the aggregate consumption function in more detail. Prerequisites: ECON 200 Principles of Economics and MATH 190 Pre-Calculus or higher.

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ECON 340 Public Economics

3 hours

An overview of the economic role and impact of government, including topics in public finance, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and the banking system, and the economics of regulation. Prerequisite: ECON 200 Principles of Economics.

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ECON 370 International Economic Development

3 hours

This course introduces students to causes and consequences of 'the wealth of nations.' Students will learn theories of economic growth and poverty alleviation. Topics to be covered include: globalization, education, international trade, holistic conceptions of development, and the role of institutions. (ECON 370 and SOCI 370 are identical courses.) Prerequisite: ECON 200 Principles of Economics.

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ECON 399 Cross-Cultural Experience

3 hours

This course offers in-depth discipline specific cross-cultural study designed to enhance the intercultural emphasis of various academic majors. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the world. Students will use core disciplinary knowledge to serve, learn and interact with other cultures. (Offered in May Term. Students must meet eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.

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ECON 410 Econometrics

3 hours

This course deals with the application of statistical techniques to the analysis of economic data. Economists, financial analysts and others rely on econometric methods to estimate relationships and forecast employment, income and other trends. This course emphasizes hands-on application of econometric techniques to a variety of publicly available data. Considerable attention will be paid to the nature and sources of economic data and the application of econometric methods to common questions of value to managers and public decision-makers. Prerequisite: A grade of B- or higher in BUSN 301 Business Analytics: Intro to Business Intelligence.

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ECON 440 Urban and Regional Economics

3 hours

This course introduces students to the particular economic challenges and opportunities faced by rural areas, towns, and cities within the United States. Students will gain an understanding of the role of the market, firms,and government as local areas seek to improve the well-being they afford their citizens. Particular attention will be paid to transportation, affordable housing, natural amenities and other contemporary topics. Prerequisite: ECON 200 Principles of Economics.

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ECON 465 Economic Research

1-3 hours

Students will conduct an original research project that is overseen by a faculty member or approved party outside of the University. Prerequisites: upper division economics majors and by permission.

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ECON 475 Field Experience

3-6 hours

Supervised experiences in business, financial and research firms, and government agencies. Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: upper-division students and by permission.

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ECON 485 Selected Topics

1-3 hours

Occasional special courses chosen to fit the interests and needs of students and faculty.

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ECON 495 Individualized Study

1-3 hours

Individualized study or supervised research in an area of special interest to the student which is outside the regular offerings of the major. Additional course fee (per credit) is required.

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