Course Descriptions

EC 101 Introduction to Economics (Non-Business majors only)    3 CR
Introductory course for the non-Business major. Provides a foundation in the workings of the economy. Describes and analyzes major concepts and issues of macroeconomics and microeconomics. Examines key institutions including the Federal Reserve System, corporations and labor unions.

EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics     3 CR
This course introduces microeconomic concepts such as supply and demand analysis, theories of the firm and individual behavior, competition and monopoly, welfare analysis and labor market. Students will also be introduced to the use of microeconomic applications to address problems such as the role of government, environmental policies, insurance markets, and income distribution. Prerequisite: MA 106 or MA 109 or MA 110 (MA 110 is encouraged for those considering graduate school)

EC 203 Principles of Macroeconomics     3 CR
This course introduces macroeconomic concepts and analysis of unemployment and inflation within the context of the business cycle, the determinants of economic growth, the role of interest rates in savings and investment, the interaction of money and the banking system, and corrective monetary and fiscal policies. Students gain an international perspective by assessing the role of international trade and exchange rates in the modern global economy. Prerequisites: MA 106 or MA 109 or MA 110 and EC 202

EC 211 The Economics of Social Issues     3 CR
Applies basic economics principles to analyze social issues. Topics include prices and the allocation of resources, the role of incentives, free trade, economics growth, market failure, the distribution of wealth and income, health care, crime and education.

EC 299 Special Topics in Economics     3 CR
Designates new or occasional courses that may or may not become part of the department's permanent offerings. Courses capitalize on a timely topic,  a faculty member's particular interest, an experimental alternative to existing courses, etc. Prerequisites established by the department as appropriate for the specific course. Course title is shown on the student's transcript. Consult the current course schedule for available topics and current prerequisites.

EC 301 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis     3 CR
A course in aggregate economic analysis. Examines theories of the determination of national income and employment. Policies associated with these theories are critically examined. Prerequisite: EC 203

EC 302 Global Financial Markets and Institutions     3 CR
This course overviews the global financial markets and institutions. It examines the regulatory framework and asset/liability management at commercial banks and other financial institutions. It analyzes the significance of money, credit, and interest rates, as well as the impact of monetary policy on the economy.  Students learn about assessment and management of various types of risks faced by global financial institutions. Prerequisites: EC 203

EC 303 Seminars on U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy     1 CR
This is one credit course to learn about U.S. Macroeconomics aspects and monetary policy implementation by the Federal Reserve Bank. Selected students will participate in the Fed Challenge competition held in November by the Eastern Economic Association with partnership of New York Federal Reserve Bank. Students learn to work in a team environment, conduct research in macroeconomics, write short papers on economic topics, and conduct data analysis to make graphs and tables. In addition, they also learn how to make Powerpoint presentation and give presentation in front of audience. The course is open to Business Economics and/or Finance majors only. Prerequisites for this course is EC 203.

EC 313 Managerial Economics     3 CR
Analyzes the structure of industry, business firms and the application of analytical tools of economics to decision making. Topics include: the determination of relevant costs for decisions within the business firm, pricing and capital budgeting problems, risk and uncertainty, and cases involving actual managerial situations that require the use of economics analysis. Prerequisite: EC 203

EC 315 Game Theory     3 CR
Game theory is a collection of tools used to study and model strategic decision making. These methods can be used to study optimal decision making in contexts ranging from those normally viewed as "games" such as poker to situations that economists are more concerned with that can include how to place a bid in an auction, how to set prices to draw business from a competitor etc. This class will begin by developing the formal tools of game theory and then alternate between showing interesting applications of that theory and developing additional theoretical tools. The type of applications that will be discussed will include a study of optimal auctions, pricing games, and models of election games. The goal for this class is that by the end of it, students should be able to engage in complex strategic analysis of real world situations.

EC 321 Labor Economics     3 CR
Applies the fundamentals of microeconomics and macroeconomics analysis to important decisions that people make in labor markets. Topics include the understanding of the wage and employment determination in the labor market, the wage differential, investing in human capital (i.e. education and training), labor mobility (including immigration), discrimination, unions and unemployment. The course will cover both theoretical and empirical aspects of these issues. Prerequisite  EC 203

EC 322 International Economics     3 CR
This course examines basic theories of international trade, modern trade polices and international finance. It overviews the changing global business patterns with a special focus on new economics and regulatory policy challenges in the aftermath of the first global recession of the 21st century. Students who master the course material will gain knowledge and skills for succeeding both in the public sector institutions and in international business organizations.  Prerequisites: EC 203

EC 324 Economic Stabilization and Reform in Central Europe     3 CR
The collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe has created immense challenges for these former Soviet bloc nations. It has also required Western nations to develop new ideas and strategies for dealing with their former enemies. This course examines the forces behind the breakup of the Soviet bloc, the often rocky path toward free markets in Central and Eastern Europe, and the future prospects for this rapidly changing part of the world.

EC 341 History of Economic Thought     3 CR
Traces the development of economic theory and the major contributions of the various schools of economic thought from Adam Smith through contemporary theory. Prerequisite: EC 203

EC 342 European Economic Development     3 CR
This course provides students with a comprehensive examination of the European economic development and integration process. Historical, political, legal, and institutional aspects of the economic development and integration are analyzed. In additional, the course material overviews the main macroeconomic and regulatory policies of the European Union.

EC 373 Public Finance     3 CR
Examines the role of the public sector in the economy. Provides an understanding of the reasons for government intervention in the economy, the extent of that intervention, and the response of private agents to the government's actions. Analyzes both the taxation and the expenditure sides of the government budget. Discusses the impact of taxes on income distribution and explores the expenditure programs, their nature, important, purposes and economics effects. Prerequisites: EC 203

FN/EC 390 Internship     3-9 CR
Students are directly involved in various dimensions of finance. Emphasis is on the practical application of economic and finance principles and skills to a specific industry or organization. An on-site finance professional supervises students. Prerequisites: EC 203/FN 215 and permission of the department chairperson

EC 391 Quantitative Methods in Economics and Finance     3 CR
Aimed at developing advanced quantitative skills needed for modern economic and financial analyses. Time-series multivariate regression is extensively examined as well as co-integration tests, ARMA procedures, causality tests and recursive stability tests. Computer applications of econometric programs are required. Prerequisite: MA 133 or equivalent.

EC 392 Economic and Financial Forecasting     3 CR
Survey and applications of core time-series techniques of economics and financial analysis. Incorporates standard and advanced models of trend, seasonality and cycles as well as recursive techniques, volatility measures, simulation methods, and stochastic trends. Extensive use of the EViews software program for both modeling and forecasting purposes. Prerequisite:  EC/FN 391

EC 399 Current Issues in Economics     3 CR
Examines major contemporary economic issues. Demonstrates how economists deal with the difficult problems of the day. Open to both prospective majors and non-majors. Prerequisites: EC 202 and EC 203