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Apr 21, 2014
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ECON 1000 - Economics at Northeastern
Intended for freshmen in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Introduces freshmen to the liberal arts in general; familiarizes them with their major; helps them develop the academic skills necessary to succeed (analytical ability and critical thinking); provides grounding in the culture and values of the University community; and helps them develop interpersonal skills—in short, familiarizes students with all skills needed to become a successful university student. Prereq. Freshman standing; economics majors only.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1101 - Economic Problems and Perspectives
Studies the economic concepts and methods that are useful to an informed citizen for an understanding of modern social issues such as unemployment, inflation, poverty, crime, the environment, medical care, and international competitiveness. Not recommended for students who have completed either ECON 1115 or ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core MOI: Social World, NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1115 - Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduces macroeconomic analysis. Topics include the flow of national income, economics growth and fluctuation, the role of money and banking, and monetary and fiscal policies. Emphasizes the development of conceptual tools to analyze the economic problems facing modern society.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core MOI: Social World, NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1116 - Principles of Microeconomics
Focuses on development of basic theory of demand, supply, and market price. Explores applications to selected microeconomic problems, such as basic monopoly and competition, and other issues that relate to the role of the pricing system in resource allocation and income distribution.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core MOI: Social World, NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1125 - Recitation for ECON 1115
Provides small-group discussion format to cover material in ECON 1115.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Recitation/Discussion

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1126 - Recitation for ECON 1116
Offers small-group discussion format to cover material in ECON 1116.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Recitation/Discussion

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1230 - Healthcare and Medical Economics
Enables students to recognize the relevance of economics to health and medical care and apply economic reasoning to understand health-related issues better; to understand the mechanism of healthcare delivery in the United States within broad social, political, and economic contexts; to explore the changing nature of health and medical care and its implications for medical practice, medical education and research, and health policy; and to analyze public policy in health and medical care from an economic perspective.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Hist,Ethcl,Asth Prspv, NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1240 - Economics of Crime
Covers economic analysis of crime and the criminal justice system. Topics include theoretical and empirical analysis of the economic causes of criminal behavior, the social costs of crime and its prevention, and the design of enforcement policies.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Hist,Ethcl,Asth Prspv, NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1250 - Game Theory in the Social Sciences
Introduces modern game theory. Games describe individuals’ actions and offer tools for understanding and predicting how rational players will make choices, given their preferences, information, and available actions. The course considers games in which players know the payoffs and preferences but may have imperfect information about actions. Covers tools for predicting behavior, including iterative dominance, rationalizability, Nash equilibrium, backward induction, and subgame perfection. Introduces games of asymmetric information in which players do not know each others’ payoffs and preferences. The tools are applied to a range of fields in economics (industrial organization, labor, public finance, insurance, auctions, bargaining, and macroeconomics); business (incentive design, organizational design, pricing, product-line decisions, marketing); political science; sociology; and law.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1260 - Contested Issues in the U.S. Economy
Covers many of the contested economic issues that the United States faces as a nation: the size of government, the national debt, the war on drugs, national healthcare, taxation, and many more issues that are of particular interest. An important social system in any society is the economic system: the allocation of scarce resources. In an economy as large and complex as that of the United States, it stands to reason that there would be controversy over what goods and services are produced and how they are distributed. To understand the nature and causes of these issues requires that they be addressed in a course where theory is a tool of analysis, not the focus. Course topics vary from semester to semester.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1270 - Economic Status of Ethnic Minorities
Examines the economic conditions and processes as they impact minorities within the U.S. economy. Considers the role of national economic policies undertaken to address general economic and social conditions, as well as policies targeted at minority markets and institutions. Emphasis is on empirical analysis; historical and cultural materials may be incorporated.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Diversity, NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1281 - Economics of the Creative Industries
Presents an overview of the economic aspects of creative industries. Examines the production and consumption of creative goods and services. Topics include consumer demand, economic models of nonprofit and for-profit production of creative goods, competition and market structure, artists and other creative workers as members of the labor force, productivity issues in the performing arts, government support for the creative sector, and the role and impact of public and private subsidies.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Hist,Ethcl,Asth Prspv, NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1290 - History of the Global Economy
Covers ideological biases in economics; the extent of global disparities around 1800; evolution of global disparities since 1800; evolution of international integration and international trading and monetary regimes, 1800–2000; theories explaining global disparities: classical, neoclassical, Marxian, neo-Marxian, and structuralist; import-substituting industrialization: Latin America, Asia, and Africa; international debt crises: nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the new global regime; structural adjustment: GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) and WTO (World Trade Organization); and socialist interlude: a socialist experience and transition to capitalism.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Hist,Ethcl,Asth Prspv, NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1291 - Development Economics
Covers ideological biases in economics; origins of the Industrial Revolution; the evolution of global disparities, and how markets, imperialism, and racism affected this process; theories of growth: neoclassical, institutional; growth and structural change; growth and demographic change; growth, income distribution, and welfare; development policies: import-substitution vs. outward-orientation; growth based on primary exports and the socialist experience and transition to capitalism.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1292 - Economic History of the Middle East
Provides an historical account of the economies of the Middle East from the sixth century C.E. to the present. Conceives of the area between the Nile and Oxus as forming the core of the Middle East; besides the core, the region includes Turkey and North Africa. Identifies the major economic and demographic trends in the region, or segments of the region, to examine the ecological bases of the economies and the connection between political history and the economic trends and to understand the ways in which economies of the region articulated with other major economic regions including Europe, West Africa, and the economies of the Indian Ocean. Studies the systems of government and laws, agriculture, commerce, and manufacturing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1293 - European Economic History
Covers European economic history from ancient times to the twentieth century. A brief survey of early Greek and Roman economic life provides the context for more in-depth analysis of medieval, mercantilist, and modern economic institutions. Emphasis is on the role of technology, trade, and natural resources in the development of modern European economies.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Hist,Ethcl,Asth Prspv, NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1915 - Introductory Selected Topics in Macroeconomics
Covers selected topic matter in the field of macroeconomics. The specific topic is chosen by the instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1916 - Introductory Selected Topics in Microeconomics
Covers selected topic matter in the field of microeconomics. The specific topic is chosen by the instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Social Science Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 1990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 2315 - Macroeconomic Theory
Presents several theoretical approaches to the study of short-run economic instability and long-run growth. Uses conceptual and mathematical tools to examine what economists believe to be the major determinants of fluctuations in employment and price level, as well as the rate of economic growth. The theoretical models are used to evaluate the operation and impact of various macroeconomic policy tools. Prereq. (a) ECON 1115 and (b) MATH 1231, MATH 1241, MATH 1242, MATH 1251, MATH 1340, MATH 1341, or MATH 1342. Coreq. ECON 2325.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 2316 - Microeconomic Theory
Examines supply-and-demand analysis, various elasticity concepts and applications, theories of demand and production, and derivation of cost curves. Analyzes pricing and output behavior in the several market structures with their welfare and the pricing of resources. Prereq. (a) ECON 1116 and (b) MATH 1231, MATH 1241, MATH 1242, MATH 1251, MATH 1340, MATH 1341, or MATH 1342. Coreq. ECON 2326.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 2325 - Recitation for ECON 2315
Offers small-group discussion format to cover material in ECON 2315. Coreq. ECON 2315.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Recitation/Discussion

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 2326 - Recitation for ECON 2316
Offers small-group discussion format to cover material in ECON 2316. Coreq. ECON 2316.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Recitation/Discussion

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 2350 - Statistics
Discusses basic probability, descriptive statistics, estimation techniques, statistical hypotheses, sampling, analysis of variance, correlation, and regression analysis in the context of economics. Computer applications are an integral part of the course.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 2990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. ECON 1115, ECON 1116, and permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3404 - International Food Economics and Policy
Covers basic concepts in economic and political dimensions of food production, consumption, and trade, with particular emphasis on the global food system. Topics include market and consumption analysis, the agriculture and food industries, types of food policy and other political instruments related to food, and how these affect consumer food choices, environment, diet, nutrition, and health. Discusses and analyzes factors driving the rapid evolution of the way food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed, and its implications, in the context of the global food environment. Reviews current empirical evidence on the world food situation and discusses issues such as hunger, food security, obesity, and food safety. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3405 - A Critique of Capitalism
Examines the origins, workings, successes, and failures of capitalism, defined as an economic system where capital is privately owned (for the most part) and markets solve the economic problem (again, for the most part). Examines, in addition, several variants of private-ownership economies (with varying levels of market activities), such as slavery, feudalism, land-tenancy, putting-out system, self-employment, etc. Also examines some alternatives to capitalism, such as command socialism, market socialism, worker-ownership of capital, cooperatives, Islamic economy, and Christian economy. Prereq. ECON 1116 or permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Hist,Ethcl,Asth Prspv, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3410 - Labor Economics
Focuses on an economic analysis of the labor market, the labor force, and workers’ wages and earnings. Topics include supply, development, and efficient use of human resources; the demand for labor by businesses and industries; wage inequality and its determinants; the changing occupational and industrial structure; causes, nature, and incidence of unemployment; the economic impact of unions; and the influence of related labor-market institutions and relevant public policies including minimum wages, wage subsidies, and earned-income tax credits. Prereq. ECON 1115 or ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3414 - Economics of Human Capital
Explores theoretical and empirical treatment of economic issues related to investments in human capital including formal education (preschool through postsecondary), vocational education, on-the-job training, work experience and government-sponsored employment and training programs, and their impacts on individuals and society. Emphasizes studies of public policies to promote human capital investments including cost-effectiveness analysis and benefit-cost analysis for determining the effectiveness of investments in literacy, education, and training from a private and social standpoint. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3415 - Poverty and Income
Focuses on economic analysis of inequalities in incomes, earnings, and wealth; poverty; and discrimination. Examines the causes of economic inequality and the nature, causes, and effects of poverty; explores an array of public policies to reduce poverty and inequalities in income, earnings, and wealth. Prereq. ECON 1115 or ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3420 - Urban Economic Issues
Studies urban growth and development, focusing on economic analysis of selected urban problems such as housing, poverty, transportation, education, health, crime, and the urban environment. Discusses public policies related to such problems. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3422 - Economics of Transportation
Covers transportation and land-use patterns; externalities; special costs and social benefits of various modes of transportation, ownership, regulations, and financing of various modes of transportation; and economics of new technology in transportation. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3423 - Environmental Economics
Applies the tools of economics to environmental issues. Explores taxonomy of environmental effects; externalities; the commons problem; taxation, regulations, marketable permits, and property rights as a solution; measuring benefits of cleaner air and water, noise abatement, and recreational areas; global issues including tropical deforestation and acid rain; and the relevance of economics to the environmental debate. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3424 - Law and Economics
Focuses on how an understanding of the law is furthered by an awareness of the economic background against which it operates. Draws from economic principles, developing concepts such as efficiency, property rights, regulation, and income distribution. Applications of these ideas may include health and safety, the environment, the legal services and insurance industries, and zoning and land use, among others. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Hist,Ethcl,Asth Prspv, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3425 - Energy Economics
Introduces theoretical and empirical perspectives on energy demand and energy supply. Energy is vital to modern economies. Emphasizes the role markets play in determining how to use energy and its sources and the scope for public policy to address market imperfections. Discusses oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear power, and renewable energy (such as hydro-, wind, and solar power). Covers the public policy issues around greenhouse gas emissions and energy security. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3440 - Public Finance
Presents an overview of the economics of government and the role of public policy. Develops guidelines to determine which economic activities are best performed by government and which are not. Also examines the impact of tax policies on efficiency, economic growth, and equity. Topics include market failures, public choice, the personal income tax, the corporate tax, sales tax, and taxation of capital and wealth, and options for reform of the tax structure. Major spending programs such as social security and education and healthcare are analyzed. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3442 - Money and Banking
Covers the nature and functions of money, credit, and financial markets in the modern international economy. Analyzes financial markets and institutions, central banking, and the effects of interest and foreign exchange rates on the real economy. Prereq. ECON 1115.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3460 - Managerial Economics
Explores the application of economic principles to the solution of managerial decision-making problems in areas such as demand estimation, cost estimation and control, pricing and marketing strategies, employee incentives, financing of capital investments, and responses to government regulation and taxation. Case studies and simulation models are typically used as pedagogical tools. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3461 - Government and Business
Examines the government’s role in regulating economic activity. Discusses factors behind the trends of market deregulation and increasing social regulation. Develops criteria to determine when regulation and antitrust law is desirable. Topics include antitrust laws and their enforcement; regulation of public utilities, transportation, and communication industries; and regulation of environmental, health, product, and workplace safety. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3462 - Bubbles, Busts, and Bailouts: Market and Regulatory Failures in the Financial Crisis
Investigates economic and financial bubbles together with the busts and bailouts that usually follow. Analyzes how and why bubbles form in markets such as housing and stocks, emphasizing the financial crisis of 2007–2008 but covers others as well. Also examines the lasting effects on markets and the economy from the collapse of such bubbles and the need for bailouts and other policies that are often used. Applies a range of perspectives to identify the market failures and regulatory failures that can cause bubbles—failures of assumptions about information, about incentives, and about oversight. Includes perspectives from microeconomics, behavioral economics, finance, and public policy. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3470 - American Economic History
Covers the economic history of the United States from the colonial period to the present. Includes studies of the development of major economic institutions and the effects of technological change. Examines economic reasons for the spread of an industrial market economy in the nineteenth century and the successes and failures of this economy in the twentieth century. Prereq. ECON 1115.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3481 - Economics of Sports
Investigates what economics has to say about sports as an economic activity: what tools of economic analysis apply to sports, whether sports require different economic tools, what the evidence has to say about key questions. Focuses on professional team sports, although some attention is paid to college sports and to individual professional sports. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3490 - Public Choice Economics
Studies public choice economics—the scientific analysis of government behavior—and is divided into two parts: institutional political economy and social choice theory. Public choice economics applies this neoclassical economic analysis to political issues such as rent seeking, tax reform, logrolling, voting behavior, the function of government, the intersection between public and private interests, and federalism. The point of departure from political science is that economists have based this analysis on the assumption that utility functions do not change once a person enters the realm of public service and that the argument of their utility functions is still their own self-interest and not the interest of the social system in which they operate. Prereq. ECON 1115 and ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3520 - History of Economic Thought
Traces the evolution of Western economic thought. Covers several important periods and schools of economic thought including mercantilism, physiocracy, classical, Marxist, neoclassical, and Keynesian. Emphasizes the relationship between historical changes in society and economic thought, focusing on changes in the types of questions economists ask and the analytical tools they use. Prereq. (a) ECON 1115 and (b) ECON 1116 and (c) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (d) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3560 - Applied Econometrics
Examines research methods used by practicing economists. Discusses typical problems from applied areas of economics including choice of modeling framework, problems of data collection, review of estimation techniques, interpretation of results, and development of static and dynamic adaptive policy models. A research paper utilizing computer applications is an integral part of the course. Prereq. (a) ECON 2315 and (b) ECON 2316 and (c) ECON 2350, MATH 2280, MATH 3081, POLS 2400, MGSC 1201, or MGSC 2301 and (d) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (e) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3915 - Intermediate Selected Topics in Macroeconomics
Covers selected topic matter in the field of macroeconomics. The specific topic is chosen by the instructor. Prereq. ECON 1115.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3916 - Intermediate Selected Topics in Microeconomics
Covers selected topic matter in the field of microeconomics. The specific topic is chosen by the instructor. Prereq. ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 3990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. ECON 2315, ECON 2316, and permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4634 - Comparative Economics
Describes the uniqueness of modern market economies in terms of social institutions that serve limited economic ends. Begins with a presentation of traditional economic analyses of the advantages and disadvantages of market economies. Examines these theories in light of evidence from economic anthropology regarding the evolution of market institutions and from the problems encountered in contemporary transitional economies as they move from command to market institutions. Prereq. ECON 1115 and ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4635 - International Economics
Covers Ricardian and neoclassical theories of trade; trade policies; tariffs, quotas, voluntary export restraints, and customs union; global trade regime; GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) and WTO (World Trade Organization); balance-of-payments accounts; foreign exchange markets; monetary and portfolio balance approaches to external balance; fixed or flexible exchange rates; and international monetary system. Prereq. ECON 1115 and ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4640 - Financial Economics
Introduces students to the theory of investments, including the principles of risk and return, the theory of portfolio selection, asset pricing models such as the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) and arbitrage pricing theory (APT), valuation of stocks, bond pricing and the term structure of interest rates, and options (what they are and how to use them). Geared toward nonbusiness majors who are interested in a rigorous course in finance. Prereq. (a) ECON 2315 or ECON 2316 and (b) ECON 2350, MATH 3081, POLS 2400, MGSC 1201, or MGSC 2301.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4650 - Economic Growth and Applications
Explores the theory as well as the empirics of economic growth. Emphasizes international comparisons of economic performance in terms of aggregate income and long-run growth. Presents the neoclassical model of economic growth as well as endogenous growth theory. Covers econometric application of the growth models. Topics include the role of ideas and technology, population dynamics, government policy, culture, the environment, income inequality, international trade, democracy, international aid, foreign investment, and the rule of law. One of the purposes of this class is to allow economics majors to apply and extend their knowledge of macroeconomic theory and applied econometrics. Prereq. ECON 2315 and ECON 3560.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4653 - Mathematics for Economics
Introduces basic tools of mathematics, matrix algebra, differential and integral calculus, and classical optimization, with special reference to economic applications. Computer applications are an integral part of the course. Prereq. ECON 1115 and ECON 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4680 - Industrial Organization and Public Policy
Presents an analytic framework and empirical study of how the structure of industries and the conduct of sellers affect performance. Includes examples and case studies from both the “old economy” and the “new economy.” Examines antitrust as a public policy designed to promote better market performance. Prereq. ECON 2316.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4681 - Information Economics and Game Theory
Offers an advanced course on the economics of information, including moral hazard and adverse selection; game theory; and mechanism design. Designed for students with some prior exposure to game theory. Formally considers alternative solution concepts, such as Nash equilibrium and rationalizability for simultaneous move and sequential move games under complete information about payoffs and preferences, as well as solution concepts such as Bayesian-Nash equilibrium to analyze selection, screening, and incentives in games of incomplete or asymmetric information. Covers optimal incentives or mechanism design, including the optimal design of contracts, auctions, and other mechanisms. Prereq. (a) ECON 2350, MATH 3081, MGSC 1201, MGSC 2301, or POLS 2400 and (b) ECON 2316; prior exposure to game theory recommended.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4692 - Senior Economics Seminar
Incorporates aspects of real-world and academic experiences of students into an analytical context, enabling students to demonstrate their ability to apply economic concepts, methodology, and data to economic issues and problems of personal and philosophical significance. Prereq. (a) ECON 2315 and (b) ECON 2316 and (c) ECON 2350, MATH 2280, MATH 3081, POLS 2400, MGSC 1201, or MGSC 2301 and (d) senior standing; economics majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4915 - Advanced Selected Topics in Macroeconomics
Covers selected topic matter in the field of macroeconomics. The specific topic is chosen by the instructor. Prereq. ECON 2315.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4916 - Advanced Selected Topics in Microeconomics
Covers selected topic matter in the field of microeconomics. The specific topic is chosen by the instructor. Prereq. ECON 2316.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4925 - Undergraduate Teaching Experience 1
Offers an opportunity for qualified undergraduate students to serve as undergraduate teaching assistants. Requires various assignments closely directed by the assigned course instructor. These may include holding office hours, light grading, maintaining the records for the course, proctoring—but not solely administering—exams and quizzes, holding recitation/tutorial sessions, and (very) limited lecturing or leading class discussions. Prereq. Junior or senior standing, permission of economics head advisor, minimum overall GPA of 3.333, and grade of A– or better in course assignment; permission to enroll is further subject to the availability of an appropriate course assignment and instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Experiential Learning, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4926 - Undergraduate Teaching Experience 2
Offers an opportunity for qualified undergraduate students to serve as undergraduate teaching assistants. Requires various assignments closely directed by the assigned course instructor. These may include holding office hours, light grading, maintaining the records for the course, proctoring—but not solely administering—exams and quizzes, holding recitation/tutorial sessions, and (very) limited lecturing or leading class discussions. May incur a one-credit overload charge. Prereq. ECON 4925, junior or senior standing, permission of economics head advisor, minimum overall GPA of 3.333, and grade of A– or better in course assignment; permission to enroll is further subject to the availability of an appropriate course assignment and instructor.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4970 - Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Culminating experience in the University Honors Program. Combined with Junior/Senior Project 2 or college-defined equivalent for 8 credit honors project. Prereq. ECON 2315, ECON 2316, ECON 2350, Honors Program participation, and permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
Honors, Do not publish in schedule, NU Core Experiential Learning, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4971 - Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Focuses on second semester of in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Culminating experience in the University Honors Program. Prereq. ECON 4970, Honors Program participation, and permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
Honors, Do not publish in schedule, NU Core Experiential Learning, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4991 - Research
Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4992 - Directed Study
Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. May not be substituted for requirements leading to a BA or BS in economics. Prereq. Senior standing and approval of department chair; economics majors only.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4993 - Independent Study
Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Permission of advisor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4994 - Internship
Offers students an opportunity for internship work. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

ECON 4996 - Experiential Education Directed Study
Draws upon the student’s approved experiential activity and integrates it with study in the academic major. Restricted to those students who are using the course to fulfill their experiential education requirement. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Economics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Experiential Learning, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities


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