ECON-222 Principles of Macroeconomics
An introduction to the macroeconomic concepts of employment, income, and output, with an emphasis on their measurement and determination. The impact of policy decisions on the business cycle is investigated.
ECON-307 Money, Banking & the Economy
An examination of the role that money, interest rates, and financial intermediaries play in the operation of the U.S. economy. The goal of the course is to give students an overview of the U.S. financial system and an understanding of the theory and practice of monetary policy. The topics blend institutional analysis with theoretical modeling and empirical/historical perspectives.
ECON-303 Prices and the Market System
An intermediate course in microeconomics analyzing the process by which the decisions of households and business firms interact through a price system to influence the allocation of resources. Practical applications are used to illustrate the usefulness of economic theory.
ECON-304 Inflation, Employment & Income
An intermediate macroeconomic course analyzing the determination of national income, employment, the price level, interest rates, and exchanges in the economy. Piece-by-piece, a theoretical model will be constructed that is capable of describing how each of these variables is determined. After the model is completed, the course investigates issues of business cycle theory, foreign trade, and macroeconomic policy. Special attention will be given to theoretical and policy debates.
ECON-305 Labor Economics
Labor Economics deals with labor markets, the arrangement under which firms demand workers and the workers supply their labor. Labor is demanded because of its productivity in producing goods and services. Labor is supplied for monetary as well as non-monetary reasons, such as stability of employment, job safety, and opportunity for advancement. Special course attention is given to recent developments affecting the market, including technology, international competitiveness, minimum wage legislation, union activities, income distribution, and ethical issues.
ECON-412 International Economics
An economic analysis of the foundations of international trade and the impact of trade on domestic and global economies. Impediments to trade, such as tariffs and quotas, are analyzed. The course includes a study of the balance of payments, world debt, exchange rates, and the international monetary system. Current issues and problems are emphasized.
ECON-415 Urban and Regional Economics
In this course, economic analysis is applied to urban and regional problems of redevelopment with emphasis on analysis and techniques relevant to changing urban form and function, regional public finance, housing and renewal, poverty and race, transportation, and environmental problems.
ECON-309 World Economic Geography
This course focuses on the connections between physical, cultural, and political geography and our economies. Case studies are used to explore both natural and global economic issues.
ECON-352 American Economic History
This course traces the evolution of American economic life from its agricultural/rural origins and economy through the Industrial Revolution, the rise of industrial capitalism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Great Depression era and its aftermath, to the emergence of our modern, postindustrial urban society of today.
ECON-370 Special Topics in Political Economy
These courses will consider a variety of topics of contemporary interest in the political economy. A broad array of political economic issues and problems will be studied, including the political economy of women and leadership, capitalism in crisis, and other courses offered on a rotating basis.
ECON-470 Special Topics in Economics
These courses consider a variety of topics related to the practice and science of economics. A broad array of economic issues will be studies, including the history of economic thought, behavioral economics, social issues in economics, and other courses offered on a rotating basis.