Economics Concentration

In addition to the 27 hours of General Course Requirements, the Economics Concentration requires 9 hours selected from the list below:

  • ECO 5621: Environmental Economics and Policy (3): Analysis of the interrelationships among economic activity, government policies, and the environment; the benefits and costs of economic growth; the economics of environmental quality; the social costs of pollution; and the intertemporal allocation of natural resources.

  • ECO 5640: International Economic Policy (3): This course examines several issues pertaining to trade between countries. Topics covered may include tariffs and non-tariff barriers, regional trading blocs, foreign direct investment, trade and environment issues, balance of payments, and exchange rates.  

  • ECO 5660: Benefit-Cost Analysis (3): The study of the evaluation of competing public policy alternatives. The purpose of benefit-cost analysis is to inform government decision-making and facilitate the more efficient allocation of scarce resources. This course introduces the basic theory and principles of benefit-cost analysis and examines applications of the methodology.

  • ECO 5740: Forecasting and Time Series Models (3): An examination of time series models for purposes of forecasting and performing time series regressions in economics, business, and the social sciences. Topics covered may include ARIMA, VAR, Granger causality, unit roots, spurious regressions, ARCH, and GARCH. Computer software will be utilized in applications. 

  • MBA 5800: Practicum: Business practica are available in the form of various community or university-based projects. MBA 5800 may be repeated for a total credit of six semester hours.