Economics

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in ECON

ECON 103: 3 Credits

Contemporary Microeconomic Principles

Introduces microeconomics in the context of current problems. Explores how market mechanism allocates scarce resources among competing uses; uses supply, demand, production, and distribution theory to analyze problems. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

ECON 104: 3 Credits

Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles

Introduces macroeconomics in the context of current problems. National income analysis, money and banking, economic growth and stability, unemployment, inflation, and role of government. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

ECON 105: 3 Credits

Environmental Economics for the Citizen

Introduction to economic concepts and how they can be applied to environmental policy issues such as air and water pollution, climate change, natural resource use, and sustainability. Focus is on concepts, policy, and case studies rather than formal modeling exercises. Designated a Green Leaf Course. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in ECON

ECON 306: 3 Credits

Intermediate Microeconomics

Basic factors of price and distribution theory: analysis of demand, costs of production and supply relationships, and price and output determination under various market structures. Read More »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

ECON 308: 3 Credits

Managerial Economics and Strategy

Analysis of major strategic business situations including pricing strategy, incentives and contracts, game theory, and vertical and horizontal integration. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ECON 309: 3 Credits

Economic Problems and Public Policies

Economic problems in light of current and proposed public policies. Topics include environmental issues, international trade policies, and regulatory issues and their historical roots. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

ECON 310: 3 Credits

Money and Banking

Monetary, commercial, and central banking systems, with particular emphasis on their relationship with American government programs, fiscal policies, and controls. Read More »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

ECON 311: 3 Credits

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Aggregate economic accounts, including measuring national income; determinants of levels of income and output; and causes and solutions for problems of unemployment, inflation, and economic growth. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

ECON 330: 3 Credits

Public Finance

Covers intergovernmental financial relationships; types, incidences, and consequences of taxation; other sources of governmental income; governmental expenditures and their effect; public economic enterprises; public borrowing; and debt management and its economic effect. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Krug Hall 204

ECON 335: 3 Credits

Environmental Economics

Microeconomic analysis of environmental problems. Topics include externalities and market failure, alternative solutions and policies, problems in monitoring and enforcement, economic analysis of development of legislation and regulation, and applications to current policy issues. Designated a Green Leaf Course. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 01:30 PM to 02:20 PM MWF — Robinson B111

ECON 340: 3 Credits

Introduction to Mathematical Economics

Mathematical treatment of theory of firm and household behavior, stabilization policy, growth theory, input-output analysis, and linear programming. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ECON 345: 3 Credits

Introduction to Econometrics

Modern statistical techniques in estimating economic relations. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 09:30 AM to 10:20 AM MWF — Robinson A101
  • Section 002 — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Enterprise Hall 275
  • Section 003 — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 122

ECON 360: 3 Credits

Economics of Developing Areas

Economic growth characteristic of developing countries. Economic development, obstacles to development, policies, and planning. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 10:30 AM to 11:20 AM MWF — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 127
  • Section 002 — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Krug Hall 242
  • Section 003 — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Krug Hall 5

ECON 362: 3 Credits

African Economic Development

Issues of economic development as applied to Africa. Includes overview of early economic history in Africa and post-independence development, and contemporary development problems. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Eskil Ullberg — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Exploratory Hall (formerly Science and Tech II) L003
  • Section 002 — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1006

ECON 365: 3 Credits

Topics in Economic History

Possible topics include ancient, medieval, modern European, and American economic history, using econometric analysis as necessary. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 01:30 PM to 02:20 PM MWF — Robinson A101
  • Section 002 — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Robinson A101

ECON 370: 3 Credits

Economics of Industrial Organization

Factors influencing industrial structure, and industrial conduct and performance. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ECON 380: 3 Credits

Economies in Transition

Examines problems and achievements of formerly communist and socialist countries including China, Eastern European countries, and Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union as they transition to more market-oriented economies. Includes market economics and central planning. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 003 — 08:30 AM to 09:20 AM MWF — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 127

ECON 385: 3 Credits

International Economic Policy

Introduces economic way of thinking on trade and international finance. Presents historical and current information on consequences of trade and protectionism. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 10:30 AM to 11:20 AM MWF — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1006
  • Section 002 — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Robinson A111
  • Section 003 — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Robinson B208

ECON 390: 3 Credits

International Economics

Foreign exchange market, balance of payment, foreign trade policies, and theories of international trade. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 12:30 PM to 01:20 PM MWF — Nguyen Engineering Building 1109

400-Level Courses in ECON

ECON 403: 3 Credits

Austrian Economics

Microeconomic and macroeconomic models and misallocation of resources. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Robinson B111
  • Section 002 — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Krug Hall 204

ECON 410: 3 Credits

Public Choice

Applies economic theory, methodology to study nonmarket decision making. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Blue Ridge 129

ECON 412: 3 Credits

Game Theory and Economics of Institutions

Introduces game theory and its relevance for analyzing framework of rules and institutions within which economic processes occur. Applies game theoretical concepts to comparative analysis of causes and effects of alternative institutional arrangements. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ECON 415: 3 Credits

Law and Economics

Economic analysis of the law. Topics include introduction to legal institutions and legal analysis; application of economic concepts to the law of property, contracts and torts, criminal and constitutional law; economic efficiency of common law; and public choice perspective on the evolution of the law. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 224

ECON 435: 3 Credits

Economics of Energy

Examines various issues in the energy industry using tools from microeconomic theory, law and economics and public choice. Topics include issues related to oil, historical and current energy regulation, and environmental issues associated with energy. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Krug Hall 204

ECON 495: 3-6 Credits

RS: Honors Thesis in Economics

Honors-level research on a self-selected topic in economics culminating in a substantial research paper and an oral presentation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Jason Dunick — 01:30 PM to 04:20 PM F — Enterprise Hall 77

ECON 496: 3 Credits

Special Topics in Economics

Subject matter varies. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

ECON 498: 3-6 Credits

Internship

Students find economics-related internship with assistance from Career Services. Pre-internship proposal and final reflections paper required. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in ECON

ECON 365: 3 Credits

Topics in Economic History

Possible topics include ancient, medieval, modern European, and American economic history, using econometric analysis as necessary. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 01:30 PM to 02:20 PM MWF — Robinson A101
  • Section 002 — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Robinson A101

ECON 496: 3 Credits

Special Topics in Economics

Subject matter varies. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

Graduate

500-Level Courses in ECON

ECON 535: 3 Credits

Survey of Applied Econometrics

Applied introduction to estimating economic relationships. Includes simple equation and simultaneous equation system estimation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in ECON

ECON 612: 3 Credits

Microeconomic Theory II

Nature of the firm; theory of supply; and production functions, factor pricing, and supplies. Introduces microeconomic foundations of theories of public finance and public choice. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Founder's Hall 120

ECON 615: 3 Credits

Macroeconomic Theory

Survey course covering monetary theory, theories of consumption and saving, budget deficits, economic growth, international finance, and monetary and fiscal policies. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ECON 637: 3 Credits

Econometrics I

Techniques of estimating relationships between economic variables. Introduces multiple regression and problems associated with single equation model-autocorrelation, multicollinearity, and heteroscedasticity. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Thomas Stratmann — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Enterprise Hall 274

ECON 676: 3 Credits

Comparative Economic Systems

Capitalism, socialism, and corporatism historical perspective. Includes examination of economies of representative contemporary countries. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Robinson B442

ECON 695: 3 Credits

Special Topics in Economics

Topics vary according to interests of instructor. Emphasizes new areas of discipline. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

800-Level Courses in ECON

ECON 812: 3 Credits

Microeconomic Theory II

Examines nature of firm; theory of supply; and production functions, factor pricing, and supplies. Introduces microeconomic foundations of theories of public finance and public choice. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Bryan D Caplan — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Enterprise Hall 274

ECON 816: 3 Credits

Macroeconomic Theory II

Aggregate economic activity and price levels with emphasis on dynamic models. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lawrence H White — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Enterprise Hall 274

ECON 823: 3 Credits

Topics in Economic History

Offers economic analysis of various historical epochs including Industrial Revolution, evolution of political reform, rise of unions, and growth of government. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — John V.C. Nye — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Innovation Hall 316

ECON 827: 3 Credits

Economic Philosophy

Analyzes philosophical organization, including interrelations between economics and legal and political institutions; philosophical presuppositions of capitalist economy under constitutional democracy; alternative presuppositions for non-capitalist economies; and critical evaluation of history of ideas in social and moral philosophy. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Daniel B Klein — 01:30 PM to 04:15 PM F — Enterprise Hall 318

ECON 841: 3 Credits

Law and Economics II

Explores empirical analyses of law of property, torts, crime, and family. Also looks at law's effects on freedom and economic growth. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Alex T Tabarrok — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Innovation Hall 338

ECON 844: 3 Credits

Industrial Organization and Public Policy I

Structure of American industry and underlying determinants. Includes structure and conduct on industrial performance in light of theory and empirical evidence; and rational antitrust policy and analysis of impact on structure and performance. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ECON 854: 3 Credits

Public Choice II

Applies public choice approach to study such topics as causes and consequences of governmental growth, behavior of public bureaucracies, and economic reasoning behind constitutional limitations on size and growth of government. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Bryan D Caplan — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Innovation Hall 139

ECON 871: 3 Credits

International Monetary Economics

Examines international adjustment mechanism, price and income effects, controls, and monetarist approach; development of international monetary system; demand for international reserves; capital movements; and role of International Monetary Fund. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • 001 Intl Monetary Economics — Carlos D Ramirez — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1002

ECON 881: 3 Credits

Theory of Market Process II

Continuation of ECON 880. Topics vary and include market-process approach to analyzing capital accumulation and growth; money and credit institutions; inflation and unemployment; and industrial fluctuations. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Richard E Wagner — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Enterprise Hall 318

ECON 885: 3 Credits

Experimental Economics

Designed for graduate students to learn how experimental methods can be used to inform economic research and practice. Students expected to have working understanding of basic economic concepts and multivariate calculus. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Ragan Petrie — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Innovation Hall 207

ECON 886: 3 Credits

Experimental Economics II

Research in experimental design. Topics represent basic tools to build, test, and implement exchange mechanisms in an applied setting. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Marco Castillo — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1004

ECON 895: 3 Credits

Special Topics in Economics

Topics vary according to interests of instructor. Emphasizes new areas of discipline. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

900-Level Courses in ECON

ECON 998: 1-9 Credits

Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Research.

Research on prospective dissertation topic. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ECON 999: 1-15 Credits

Doctoral Dissertation Research

Research on approved dissertation topic under direction of dissertation committee. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in ECON

ECON 695: 3 Credits

Special Topics in Economics

Topics vary according to interests of instructor. Emphasizes new areas of discipline. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ECON 895: 3 Credits

Special Topics in Economics

Topics vary according to interests of instructor. Emphasizes new areas of discipline. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »