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Economics

Students looking at economics data in class.Our design of both the Economics major and minor at CNR reflects the increasing importance of economic considerations in all areas of modern life. The tools and techniques of economic analysis are no longer restricted to the world of business and government. Today, students with training in economics are prepared to take positions in health care, education, the arts, and the media. Currently, our students are combining their studies in economics with work in international studies, political science, psychology, and business.

Students in our Economics Program develop both a solid knowledge base in economic theory and policy formation and have the unique opportunity to work in other disciplines to formulate integrated approaches to problem solving. While not a formal requirement of the program, we encourage our students to develop competency in the computer and information technologies so critical to empirical analysis.

The program also emphasizes close faculty contact in both course work and in preparing students for the world of work. Our internship and cooperative education programs allow our students to apply their academic training in a professional setting. Our students have participated in internships in both the private and public sector.

Requirements

The major in Economics leads to the B.A. degree. The requirements for the major include a minimum of 36 (or a maximum of 42) credits in Economics courses. All math and departmental required courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. The department also offers two optional concentrations for majors: Economic Analysis, requiring ECO 106, ECO 222, ECO 290, and ECO 315; and International Economics, requiring ECO 222, ECO 240, ECO 253, and ECO 305.

Departmental Math Requirements - 9 credits

  • MTH 116 - Pre-Calculus/Elementary Functions 3 cr.
  • MTH 117 - Elementary Statistics 3 cr.
  • ECO 319 - Econometrics 3 cr.

Departmental Requirements - 15 cr.

  • ECO 101 - Principles of Microeconomics 3 cr.
  • ECO 102 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3 cr.
  • ECO 390 - Reading Seminar 3 cr.
  • ECO 401 - Senior Thesis Proposal 3 cr.
  • ECO 491 - Senior Thesis 3 cr.

Departmental Electives - 12 credits

Students take at least four of the courses listed below:

  • ECO 106 - Environmental Economics 3 cr.
  • ECO 161 - Contemporary Economic Issues for Human Services Professionals 3 cr.
  • ECO 222 - Macroeconomic Theory 3 cr.
  • ECO 234 - Public Economics 3 cr.
  • ECO 240 - Money and Banking 3 cr.
  • ECO 241 - History of Economic Thought 3 cr.
  • ECO 252 - Labor Economics 3 cr.
  • ECO 253 - International Economics 3 cr.
  • ECO 290 - Health Economics 3 cr.
  • ECO 305 - Economic Development and Social Transformation 3 cr.
  • ECO 315 - Intermediate Microeconomics Analysis 3 cr.
  • ECO 485 - Independent Study 3 cr.
  • ECO 495 - Internship in Economics 3 cr.

Minor

A student may minor in Economics by completing 18 credits in Economics, including ECO 101, ECO 102, ECO 106, and 9 credits in Economics courses at the 200 level or above.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.