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Course Descriptions

ECO 210 Principles of Microeconomics

Explores the market mechanism, with a detailed examination of supply and demand and applications to monopoly power, externalities, resource markets, and instruments of social action. Prerequisite: MGT 123 or any 100-level or higher mathematics course. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-1. (3)

ECO 211 Principles of Macroeconomics

Examines the measurement and determination of aggregate levels of income and output, employment, and prices. The role of the central bank and the impact of government spending and taxation are examined as well. Prerequisite: MGT 123 or any 100-level or higher mathematics course. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-1. (3)

ECO 304 Environmental Economics

Explores the application of economic analysis to issues of natural resources and the environment. Topics include environmental externalities, environmental cost/benefit analysis, common property resources, alternative pollution control measures, climate change, and the relationship between environmental quality and economic growth. Prerequisite: ECO 210 or ECO 211 with a grade of C- or better. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-2. (3)

ECO 305 Business and Economics of Sports

Uses microeconomic principles to explore the decisions of owners and business managers in the sports industry. Topics include players' salaries and union contract negotiations, ticket sales, the market for broadcast rights, and stadium financing. The course also examines the economics of collegiate sports and the expanding international markets in broadcast rights, athletes' contracts, and team paraphernalia. Prerequisite: ECO 210 with a grade of C- or better or permission of the instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ, SS-2. (3)

ECO 330 Managerial Economics

An application of microeconomics. Topics include estimation of demand, production and cost functions, and optimal pricing and output decisions under various market structures. Prerequisite: ECO 210. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ. (3)

ECO 332 Money and Banking

An analysis of the American banking system, monetary theories, and monetary policies with emphasis on the economic importance of the Federal Reserve System. Prerequisite: ECO 211. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-2. (3)

ECO 350 Economics of Poverty

What are the lives of the poor like? Will poor countries remain poor? What is poverty like in the United States? What factors contribute to poverty? What leads to prosperity? What policies might help? This course explores why extreme poverty, child mortality, poor health, low levels of education, gender inequality, environmental degradation, high fertility, and child labor are pervasive in the developing world and why poverty remains persistent in the United States. Prerequisite: ECO 210, ECO 211, or permission of the instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP, SS-2. (3)

ECO 353 Law and Economics

Whoever said that crime never pays? Should tobacco companies be liable for smokers' healthcare costs? Law and Economics identifies how to design legal rules that provide the greatest good to the greatest number. We will use the principles of Law and Economics to better understand intellectual property, tobacco litigation, employment discrimination, automobile accident, law, land use regulation, nuisance law, contract law, and criminal law. Prerequisite: ECO 210. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-2. (3)

ECO 401 Economics of Regulation

An exploration of the theories of the regulation of economic activity, its application, and its implications. Topics will include why and how the government regulates some type of economic activity (antitrust, industrial, and social policies) and how to economically design and asses the regulation policy. Prerequisite: ECO 210. (3)

ECO 431 Contemporary Issues in Economics

A selected group of substantive macroeconomic theories and issues will be explored in depth, using a variety of current sources and the various tools of macroeconomic analysis. Prerequisites: ECO 210, ECO 211, and EN 102. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ, WI, SS-2. (3)

ECO 433 Research

A student in this course will conduct collaborative research (scholarly work leading to new knowledge) under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: application and approval of department chair. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (1-6)

ECO 450 Research Methods in Economics

This course provides an overview of research methods and academic writing skills useful for economics, including probability, statistics, econometric analysis, academic writing, and library and journal research. Prerequisite: MA 132 or above and ECO 210, ECO 211, or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ, WI. (3)

ECO 451 Senior Seminar in Economics

An opportunity for assisted, self-directed study of a topic of interest. The study will culminate in a paper and oral presentation. Prerequisite: 12 credits in economics courses numbered above 300. (3)

ECO 485 International Economics

An introduction to the theory of international trade and finance with an emphasis on exchange markets, trade policies, factor movements, and the interrelationship of the domestic and international economy. Prerequisites: ECO 210 and ECO 211. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP. (3)

ECO 490 Internship

Senior students may register for field experience in cooperating Washington metropolitan area firms or organizations. The internship is monitored by the School of Business Administration director of internships in the Center for Career Services and a representative of the cooperating company. Prerequisites: permission of School of Business Administration director of internships in the Center for Career Services; minimum of nine (9) credits in 300/400-level economics courses; minimum of 90 credits in the program with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better; and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all economics courses. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (3-6)

Program Director

 

Dr. Brian Hollar

Accounting, Economics & Finance Department

Ballston Center
1000 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22201

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