Economics Courses

ECON 1001 - Introduction to Economics

(3 sem. hrs) An introductory survey of economic issues for non-majors with an emphasis on using economic concepts as elements of critical reasoning. Microeconomic topics include markets and the role of government in a market economy. Macroeconomic topics include the banking system, inflation and unemployment. International issues include the balance of trade and foreign exchange. Will not be counted towards the Economics major. Not available for students enrolled in the College of Business Administration.

ECON 1103 - Principles of Microeconomics

(3 sem. hrs.) Institutions and processes of market specialization and exchange. Supply and demand and their determinants. Pricing and production decisions of the firm under varying competitive conditions. The role of government in a modern mixed economy. Microeconomic analysis applied to selected economic problems.

ECON 1104 - Principles of Macroeconomics

(3 sem. hrs.) Processes and determinants of overall economic activity and growth. National income accounting, determination of aggregate income, employment, and the price level. Money and banking, government monetary and fiscal policy, and international economics. Prereq: ECON 1103.

ECON 3001 - Applied Business Economics

(3 sem. hrs.) The focus of this course is to explain and develop key economic principles, models, and data that are relevant to business analysis and managerial decision-making. It expands on important economic principles including demand and supply, production and cost, market structures, profit maximization and pricing strategies under varying competitive conditions. Students are expected to develop skills in the practice of using economic models, data and statistical techniques in the process of business decision making, as well as an understanding of both the usefulness and limitations of such models, data, and techniques. Students may not take both ECON 3001 and ECON 3003 for credit. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104 and MANA 2028 or equiv.

ECON 3003 - Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis

(3 sem. hrs.) A review of the tools of supply and demand analysis. A study of the market behavior of consumers and business firms and the way they interact with each other and with public policy. The application of market theory to questions of resource allocation efficiency, changing market conditions, optimal pricing and output strategies and to important social issues of the day. Prereq: ECON 1103, ECON 1104, and MATH 1400 or equiv. Students may not take both ECON 3001 and ECON 3003 for credit.

ECON 3004 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis

 (3 sem. hrs.) Determination of the levels of aggregate output, employment, and prices. Inflation and unemployment. A description of available policy variables and their impacts upon the money, bond, goods, and labor markets. International macroeconomic interrelationships. Fundamentals of the economic growth process. Offered annually. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104 and MATH 1400 or equiv.

ECON 3986 - Internship Work Period

 (0 sem. hrs.) SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Jr. standing, cons. of prog. dir. and cons. of internship dir.

ECON 4006 - Public Policies Toward American Industry

(3 sem. hrs.) Role of competition as an economic regulator. Bases and consequences of monopoly power. Development of statutory and administrative law affecting market processes in the U.S. Antitrust policies applied to monopoly, oligopoly, mergers and restrictive trade policies. Alternatives to anti-trust, including utility regulation and social regulation. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104.

ECON 4008 - Economics and Law

(3 sem. hrs.) Relationship between the rights and obligations which the legal system confers on individuals and the allocation of resources which results from alternative assignments of legal rights. Uses and limitations of economic analysis in explaining the process by which legal rights are conferred. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104

ECON 4010 - Public Finance

(3 sem. hrs.) Examination of such current topics as the growth of government spending, taxes, and deficits. Proper role of the state, centralization and decentralization, the impact of government decisions on the distribution of income and the efficient allocation of resources. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104.

ECON 4012 - Urban Economics

(3 sem. hrs.) Economic role of cities. Forces behind urban growth. Problems of central city economic decline and urban poverty. Urban land and housing markets. Suburbanization of employment and population. The urban fiscal crisis. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104.

ECON 4016 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

(3 sem. hrs.) Economic analysis of environmental and natural resources including land, air, and water. Special emphasis on the role of human values and economic institutions in resource exploitation. Topics covered include air and water pollution, energy, ocean resources, forestry practices, mineral resources, the population problem, and agriculture. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104.

ECON 4020 - Economics of Labor Markets

(3 sem. hrs.) Supply and demand conditions unique to markets for services of human beings. The economics of investment and disinvestment of human capital. Topics include: determination of labor force size, geographic distribution and qualitative aspects; economic effects of institutional arrangements and labor laws; current issues. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104.

ECON 4040 - International Economic Issues

(3 sem. hrs.) Survey of international economics. Basis for and welfare effects of international trade, commercial policies, and economic growth. International organizations, trading regions, and trade accords. Balance of payments concepts and exchange rate theories. History and theory of international monetary systems including fixed versus flexible exchange rates. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104. Credit not given if ECON 4044 or ECON 4046 has already been completed for credit.

ECON 4042 - International Antitrust and Competition Policy

(3 sem. hrs.) Examines the economics of Antitrust or Competition Policy in an international context. Through readings, lectures, and class discussions it explores the economic rationale for Antitrust Policy, and examines the major topical areas that receive policy attention. Coverage includes a comparative survey of the policy approaches pursued by several major countries/ economies, along with discussion of the conflicts and coordination issues that arise in a world characterized by extensive global trade. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104.

ECON 4044 - International Currency Markets

(3 sem. hrs.) Examination of various foreign exchange markets, including the spot, forward, futures and options markets. Risk, pricing and arbitrage procedures for cash and portfolio managers. Exchange rate management, structure of the international financial architecture, and the determination of exchange rates and the balance of payments. The role and practice of global financial intermediaries. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104.

ECON 4045 - Comparative Economic Development

(3 sem. hrs.) An analysis and description of institutional differences among national economies. A theoretical framework for analyzing the effects of alternative systems on social and economic behavior is developed. Theoretical models are applied to specific cases, with special emphasis on issues of growth and development in advanced variants of capitalist, post-communist and less developed economies. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104.

ECON 4046 - International Trade

(3 sem. hrs.) Sources, patterns, and welfare implications of international trade. Empirical investigations of traditional trade theories. Arguments for and impact of commercial policies. Trade effects of economic growth. Imperfect competition and intra-industry trade as alternatives to traditional theories and views. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104.

ECON 4060 - Introduction to Econometrics

(3 sem. hrs.) Designed to teach how to build an econometric model and to make forecasts using it. Models are constructed to explain phenomena that are observed frequently in business, economics and the social sciences. Linear regression analysis is employed and both single-equation and multi-equation models are investigated. Of practical value to economists, businessmen, engineers, statisticians, and other professionals for whom applied quantitative techniques are important. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104 and MATH 1700  or MANA 2028 or equiv.

ECON 4065 - Introduction to Mathematical Economics

(3 sem. hrs.) Designed to give students the quantitative background required to appreciate the use of mathematics in economic analysis. Emphasis is on developing important techniques. However, many economic applications are incorporated in order to demonstrate how standard economic models can be developed in mathematical terms. Topics include matrix algebra, differential calculus, both constrained and unconstrained optimization and comparative statistics. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104 and MATH 1390 or equiv.; and MATH 1400 or equiv.

ECON 4070 - Economics and Ethics

(3 sem. hrs.) Interaction of economic principles and understanding with ethical principles and understanding in contemporary society. Analysis of affluence’s impacts on character development, the practice of moderation and justice, and the meaning of spiritual poverty. Applications of this ethic to critical features of modern industrial society. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104 and PHIL 2310.

ECON 4080 - Money, Banking, and Monetary Policy

(3 sem. hrs.) Origins, nature and importance of money. Money demand and supply. Types of financial markets and their role in the economy. Banking institutions and the Federal Reserve. Role of monetary policy in business cycles and its impact on financial institutions and markets. Prereq: ECON 1103 and ECON 1104.

ECON 4931 - Topics in Economics

(3 sem. hrs.) Prereq: Jr. stndg and ECON 1103 and ECON 1104.

ECON 4953 - Seminar in Economics

(3 sem. hrs.) Prereq: Jr. stndg. and ECON 1103 and ECON 1104.

ECON 4986 - Economics Internship - Grading Period

(3 sem. hrs.) S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Jr. stndg., cons. of prog. dir. and cons. of internship dir.

ECON 4995 - Independent Study in Economics

(1-4 sem. hrs.) Prereq: Consent of dept. chair.

ECON 4999 - Senior Thesis

(2 sem. hrs.) With department approval. Seniors may write a thesis under direction of an adviser. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.