Course Descriptions

ECO 102: Issues in Macroeconomics
To acquaint students with the structural framework and principles involved in the determination of the level of aggregate economic activity: national income, output, employment, and price levels.
Content: Functioning of the economy from the national policy perspective through the study of national income and output, interest rates, money supply, price level, federal budget deficits, and international trade deficits.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: MAT 130 or higher.
Credit: 3 hours.

ECO 104: Issues in Microeconomics
To acquaint students with theory relating to decision-making by consumers and firms in product markets.
Content: Study of choice in the face of scarce resources; the analysis of the consumer trying to maximize satisfaction and of the firm trying to maximize profits under varying market structures.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: MAT 130 or higher.
Credit: 3 hours.

ECO 204: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
To explore in greater detail the incentives which determine individual and firm behavior. We will do this by practicing the application of the microeconomic way of thinking. Introductory courses rely primarily on intuition and logic as the basis for theory;
Intermediate courses develop theory from a more mathematical perspective.
Content: This course is a continuation of the study of the nature of decision making in markets. Primary emphasis is placed upon the development of models which explain the behavior of consumers and producers, the importance of market structures, and the appropriate role of the government.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: ECO 102, 104, and MAT 205.
Credit: 3 hours.

210: Women and Economic Development.
To study the impact of economic change on women by analyzing how age, sex and race hierarchies modify changes in women’s roles in different societies of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Content: This course will focus on the effects of economic growth on the socioeconomic status of women. Most importantly, students will study the means by which patriarchy has persisted in various parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America by redefining itself, even as economies have modernized. The course will also explore the socioeconomic effect of export industries owned by multinational firms on the lives of women in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Taught: Fall. Alternate years.
Gen. Ed. Category:
Expanding; Women's Experiences; (PS)
Credit: 3 hours; cross-cultural; cross-listed as WST 210.

ECO 302: International Trade
To study the theory of international trade with special emphasis on the gains from trade, the terms of trade, the balance of payments, foreign exchange rates, and international monetary systems.
Content: Examination of international economics from the standpoint of theory, with a special emphasis on several current topics: the growing economic strength of the Pacific Rim, Europe, and the rapidly changing economics of Eastern Europe and the former
Soviet Union.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: ECO 102 and 104.
Credit: 3 hours.

ECO 330: Econometrics
This course provides an introduction to methods of quantitative analysis of economic data.
This course reviews basic statistical methods and probability distributions. Topics include data management using professional statistical software applications, multiple regression analysis, hypothesis testing under
conditions of multicollinearity, heteroscedasticity, and serial correlation.
Taught: Fall.
Alternate years.
ECO 102, ECO 104, and MAT 220.
3 hours

ECO 396: Special Topics in Economics
To provide an opportunity for exploration of a topic not offered as part of the curriculum. A student may take no more than six semester hours in special topics courses.
Content: Examination of special topics, problems, or issues in economics that seem particularly relevant to student needs and interests. Topics announced annually.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Dependent on topic.
Credit: 3 hours.

ECO 490: Senior Seminar
Goal: To encourage senior Economics majors to apply their accumulated knowledge to critical analysis of selected issues andproblems in economics.
Content: Topics vary depending on interests of the students comprising the course each year.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Credit: 3 hours; S-course.

EBA 606: Managerial Economics
The student will learn how consumers choose among various goods and services, and how firms allocate scarce resources among alternative uses. Focus will be on the competitive nature of firms in markets whose scope ranges from domestic to international. Students will analyze the production levels to meet demand for that product. Production cost analysis will be examined as it relates to market price and levels of output.
Credit: 3 hours

EBA 610: Quantitative Methods
This course covers the quantitative methods and decision theory for business policy analysis. The student will learn specific tools for solving operations problems and how to interact with others involved in operational decision making. Computer spreadsheets and financial software will be used to enhance the student's ability to identify and to solve problems.
Credit: 3 hours


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