BA - Economics

Economics is the social science concerned with the study of people “in the ordinary business of life.” It examines the behavior of consumers, business firms, labor unions, government, and other decision makers who take part in the process whereby limited resources are allocated so as to best satisfy people’s wants and desires. The major in Economics provides the student with a unique opportunity to blend both theoretical and practical courses in a manner designed to develop decision-making skills. Students may choose courses according to their interests and vocational objectives. The student is exposed to a number of applied fields which focus on personal, local, regional, national, and international economic problems.

Economics majors have a wide variety of career options in both the private and public sectors. These include careers in state and local government, federal and international agencies, business, finance and banking, journalism, teaching, politics, and law. In addition, the Economics major provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in economics or other social sciences, business, law, or public administration. Internship opportunities are available for qualified applicants.

General Education Courses

Communication

College Writing:  1 course to be selected from ENGL 105 or
ENGL 212 (Analytical Writing - Honors only course)

COMM 152  Effective Speaking

Critical Writing, Reading & Research: 1 course to be selected from CRIT 201, ENGL 213, ENGL 214, or other courses upon approval

Advanced Writing:  1 course to be selected from ENGL 320,
ENGL 321, ENGL 342, ENGL 345, or ENGL 346

Leadership and Professional Development

ITM           123           Digital Applications (1 credit)

LEAD         101           Learning to Lead

SEM          139           First-Year Professional Development Seminar (1 credit)

SEM          239           Sophomore Professional Development Seminar (1 credit)

SEM          339           Junior Professional Development Seminar (1 credit)

SEM          439           Senior Professional Development Seminar (1 credit)

Professional Development:  1 course to be selected from
COMM 204, COMM 311, COMM 313, FIN 201, ITM 202, or LEAD 203

Social and Behavioral Science

1 course to be selected from ECON 221 or ECON 222

1 course to be selected from GDS 216, HIST, INTD, or PSCI

1 course to be selected from COMM 247, COMM 310, ECON, HIST, PSY, or SOC

Humanities and Global Values

Humanities:  2 courses to be selected from Art, Dance, Literature, Music, Philosophy, or Religion (Selections must be from two different disciplines.)

Global Values:  1 course to be selected from COMM 310, ECON 313, ENGL 235, ENGL 237, ENGL 238, ENGL 310, GDS 216, HIST 207, HIST 208, HIST 210, HIST 339, HIST 369, HUM 254, PSCI 324, REL 219, REL 322, SPAN 126, SPAN 127

Math and Applied Science

MATH 215                Statistics

Math:                         1 course to be selected from MATH 117, MATH 122, or MATH 190

Science:                      1 course to be selected from ESCI 233 or
ESCI 243

Math/Science:          1 course to be selected from ECON, ESCI, MATH, or PSY

Liberal Arts Core

Interpreting Our Stories

Origins:  1 course to be selected from ENGL 235, ENGL 236,
ENGL 314, HIST 201, HIST 207, HIST 315, HIST 355

Modern to Contemporary:      1 course to be selected from
ENGL 237, ENGL 238, ENGL 315, HIST 202, HIST 208,
HIST 339, HIST 359, HIST 360, HIST 369, or special topics in HIST or PSCI

Examining The Human Condition

2 courses to be selected from HUM 244, Any course 200 or above in PHIL, PSCI, PSY, REL, SOC, or special topics in INTD

Making Connections

LA              400           Liberal Arts Capstone

Major Courses

Required Courses:

ECON        222           Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON        303           Prices and the Market System

ECON        304           Inflation, Employment, and National Income

ECON        307           Money, Banking, and the Economy

Elective Courses (five additional courses in ECON from those listed below):

ECON        305           Labor Economics

ECON        309           World Economic Geography

ECON        352           American Economic History

ECON        370           Special Topics in Political Economy

ECON        412           International Economics

ECON        415           Urban and Regional Economics

ECON        470           Special Topics in Economics

Free Electives

25 credit-hours of electives

Total Credits Required:           120

NOTE: All courses are 3 credit-hours unless otherwise noted and may meet only one degree requirement.

This publication provides information concerning the programs at Nichols College and does not constitute a contract with the student.

The policies and procedures contained in the 2017-2018 Nichols College Catalog will remain in effect until June 30, 2018. Nichols College reserves the right to change at any time the rules governing admission, tuition, fees, courses, the granting of degrees, or any other regulations affecting the campus community. Such changes are to take effect whenever College officials deem necessary and will be communicated via written notice whenever possible or other means as appropriate.

NICHOLS COLLEGE
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Catalog of Nichols College
July 2016
Volume XLVIII