Our economics students are interested in solving puzzles and knowing why people behave as they do. The study of economics helps us answer questions such as the following:
- What caused the Great Recession?
- Why, in a country as rich as the United States, do some people still experience poverty?
- Do women still really earn less than men?
In addition to developing our students’ skills in mathematics and statistics in small class environments, our minors take trips to places like the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Our students are prepared for law school, graduate school in economics or economic development, or a successful public or private sector career in business, banking or finance.
Featured CoursesECON 100 Principles of EconomicsIntroduces the basic principles of economics to students with no prior economic training and provides foundational skills for Economics 101 and Economics 102.
General Education Requirement: Knowledge and Inquiry
Prerequisites: successful completion of MATH 102, MATH 108, or MATH 109 is highly recommended ECON 101 Introduction to MicroeconomicsIntroduces principles of microeconomics and their applications. Topics include supply and demand, operation of markets, consumer and enterprise behavior, competition and monopoly, and microeconomic policy. Formerly ECO 122 Principles of Economics I.
Prerequisites: ECON 100 and MATH 102, MATH 108, or MATH 109 or permission of instructor
FLC Area V
Core Area II: Understanding Self, Society, and Nature ECON 102 Introduction to MacroeconomicsIntroduces principles of macroeconomics and their applications. Topics include national income, unemployment, inflation, and economic growth. The role of policy in affecting macroeconomic outcomes is examined in detail. Formerly ECO 121 Principles of Economics II.
Prerequisites: ECON 100 and MATH 102, MATH 108, or MATH 109 or permission of the instructor
FLC Area V
Core Area II: Understanding Self, Society, and Nature ECON 223 Women in the EconomyApplies the theory of the household and investment in human resources to female labor force participation, marriage, family formation, sex discrimination, women's education choices, and government policies affecting the economic status of women. Formerly ECO 375 Women in the Economy.
Prerequisites: ECON 101 and ECON 102 or permission of the instructor
FLC Area V ECON 241 Money and BankingDescribes and analyzes money and its functions; the financial system, including the monetary authority, financial institutions, and financial markets; and monetary policy, its implementation and effects on the economic system. Formerly ECO 263 Money and Banking.
Prerequisites: ECON 101 and ECON 102 or permission of the instructor ECON 321 Managerial EconomicsDevelops in students the capacity to analyze the economic environment in which firms make decisions, as well as to apply economic reasoning to organizations' internal decision making. In doing so, this class bridges the gap between economic theory and practice.
Prerequisites: ECON 101 and ECON 102 ECON 322 Applied MacroeconomicsDevelops in students the capacity to analyze the macroeconomic environment, and how that environment influences managerial decisions. In doing so, this class bridges the gap between economic theory and practice.
Prerequisites: ECON 101 and ECON 102
- Account Executive
- Market Research Analyst
- Sales Representative
- Credit and Loan Specialist
- Bank Officer
- Financial Planner
- Insurance Agent
- Credit Analyst
Dr. Dennis Farley, Visiting Professor of Economics (program chair)