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Minor

Minor requirements

Economics minor worksheet

Students who are not majoring in Economics can gain an Economics minor in the following areas: the United States Economy, International Economics, Political Economy, or Economic Theory.

The United States Economy

The minor concentration in the United States economy provides students with a focus on the institutions, issues and policies of the U.S. economy. The introductory economics courses give an overview of economic analysis and its application to the U.S. economy. The upper-level courses in the minor develop in greater depth the study of specific areas of the U.S. economy.

Five of the following courses (or their equivalents), including ECON 101 and ECON 102 or ECON 112 and at least one 300-level course, are required:
ECON 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 102 or ECON 112 Microeconomics with BioPharma Applications
ECON 222 Economics of Race and Racism
ECON 241 Women in United States Economy
ECON 242 Economics of Education
ECON 252 Urban Economics
ECON 255 Corporate Finance
ECON 262 Health Economics
ECON 303 Public Finance
ECON 309 Labor Economics and Industrial Relations
ECON 313 Banking and Monetary Theory
ECON 361 Industrial Organization and Public Policy

The International Economy

The minor concentration in the international economy provides students with a focus on international economic issues. The introductory economics courses give students a general perspective from which they can begin to analyze economic problems, while the remaining courses take up specific concerns. These range from problems faced by developing countries in their struggle for development to the international trade and balance of payments concerns of industrialized capitalist countries to the transitions of the formerly centrally planned economies.

Five of the following courses (or their equivalents), including ECON 101 and ECON 102 or ECON 112 and at least one 300-level course, are required:
ECON 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 102 or ECON 112 Microeconomics with BioPharma Applications
ECON 233 Sweatshops in the World Economy
ECON 305 International Finance
ECON 306 International Trade
ECON 332 Economic Development

Political Economy

The minor concentration in Political Economy provides students with an alternative analysis of the economy and economic relations to that taught in many other economics courses. Political Economy courses rely upon Marxist, Feminist, Institutionalist, Anti-Racist and other approaches to develop critical analyses of capitalist economies, economic relations and economics that incorporate understandings of the power relations that are often obscured and left unexamined in Economics. Political Economy courses taken up topics such as racial, gender and class inequality in the United States; globalization and global inequities including development strategies and working conditions in the global and U.S. economy; the dynamics of capitalist economies; and alternative ways to organize economic activity. Most Political Economy courses have an inter-disciplinary focus.

Six of the following courses (or their equivalents), including ECON 101 and ECON 102 (or ECON 112) and ECON 288, and at least one 300-level course. A student may count ANTH 333, or another non-economics course with a Political Economy focus approved by the chair of the Economics Department.

ECON 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 102 or ECON 112 Microeconomics with BioPharma Applications
ECON 112 Microeconomics with BioPharma Applications
ECON 222 Economics of Race and Racism
ECON 233 Sweatshops in the World Economy
ECON 241 Women in United States Economy
ECON 288 Foundations of Political Economy
ECON 298 Enterprising Non-Profits/ Social Entrepreneurship
ECON 311 History of Economic Thought
ECON 332 Economic Development
ANTH 333 Economic Anthropology

Economic Theory

The minor in economic theory provides students with a study of the analytical methods used by economists. The introductory courses give a basic development of the methodologies which economists use to address the subject matter of their discipline. Their introduction is pursued in greater depth through the intermediate analysis courses, Foundations of Political Economy and Mathematical Economics. The History of Economic Thought examines the historical development of contemporary economic theory.

Five of the following courses (or their equivalents), including ECON 101 and ECON 102 or ECON 112 and at least one 300-level course, are required:
ECON 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 102 or ECON 112 Microeconomics with BioPharma Applications
ECON 201 Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 202 Microeconomic Theory
ECON 288 Foundations of Political Economy
ECON 311 History of Economic Thought

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