Economics

For the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Economics as the field of concentration, this program is designed to acquaint the student with the tools and techniques of economic analysis and the contribution of economic analysis to decision-making in the business firm and to society. The program is designed to prepare those interested in careers as economists or economic analysts in business, government, and non-government organizations and for graduate study in economics.

Finance

For the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Finance as the field of concentration, this curriculum is concerned with the study of financial institutions, and business, government, banking, insurance, and personal financial management. Emphasis is on the analysis and development of financial principles in all areas of financial decision-making, as well as career preparation as financial analysts in business, insurance and banking, and government service. Students majoring in finance can choose from four tracks:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance and Risk Management

Substitutions for finance electives may be made only with the approval from the major advisor or Department Chair.

International Business

For the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with International Business as the field of concentration, this program is designed for those students who desire a broad-based understanding of international business operations, primarily from the viewpoint of a U.S. business entity. It is also designed to provide an International Business perspective as related to the functional areas of business and to permit experiential learning in a specific world region through study abroad programs.

Study Abroad

Each student must experience study abroad, with a minimum of six hours of study overseas, preferably in a region of foreign language expertise of the student. Course work must include three hours of business, to be approved by the faculty advisor.

Minor in Economics and Finance

Courses

ECO 203. Introductory Microeconomics. 3 credits. FA, SP, SU

Nature of economics and the economic problem. Principles and problems of resource allocation and income distribution in a market economy with special reference to the American economic system; basic microeconomics of the household, firm and product and factor markets.

ECO 205. Introductory Macroeconomics. 3 credits. FA, SP, SU

Microeconomics versus macroeconomics; major macroeconomic problems in an open economy. Measurement, analysis, and control of the overall levels of income, production, employment, and prices with a focus on the modern U.S. economy; monetary, fiscal and related policies for economic growth and stability. P: ECO 203.

ECO 303. Intermediate Microeconomics. 3 credits. FA

Further analysis of resource allocation and income distribution. The individual household and market demand; market supply and production/cost relationships. Price and output decisions of firms in different types of market structures; factor market relationships. General equilibrium analysis and welfare economics. P: ECO 205; MTH 141 or MTH 245 or MTH 231.

ECO 305. Intermediate Macroeconomics. 3 credits. SP

Further analysis of the measurement, determination, and control of national income and product and the aggregate levels of employment and prices; problems of, and policies for, economic growth and stability. P: ECO 205.

ECO 315. Money And The Financial System. 3 credits. FA

Analysis of the functions of money; U.S. monetary and banking system and the role of financial markets; monetary policy, price level, interest rates, national income, international finance, and integration with fiscal policy. P: ECO 205; Jr. stdg.

ECO 318. Economics of Public Finance. 3 credits. OD

Theoretical and applied aspects of public budgetary management. Public budgets and their relation to the overall level of economic activity, resource allocation, and income distribution. P: ECO 205; Jr. stdg.

ECO 353. Environmental Economics. 3 credits. OD (Same as EVS 353)

The application of economic analysis to environmental issues. Emphasis on global environmental problems and policies and environmental problems and policies that are common to all nations. P: Jr. stdg.

ECO 366. Economics Internship. 3 credits. FA, SP, SU

This course is designed to provide students with practical economics experience by applying economics concepts and technical skills learned in the classroom. It requires 150 hours with an employer, designated class meetings, written assignments, and oral presentations. Credit for this class is dependent upon a) an interview with the sponsoring employer, b) relevance of the internship to the students' economics course work, and c) approval by the coordinator of Economics internships in the Department of Economics and Finance. The course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory and only 3 hours of internship credit may be used to satisfy graduation requirements. P: Second semester Jr. or higher standing.

ECO 408. Current Issues In Social Economics And Political Economy. 3 credits. OD

Selective examination of current socioeconomic problems confronting both developed and developing countries and the world at large in light of the major politico-economic philosophies of the day. P: ECO 205 or ECO 301; Jr. stdg.

ECO 413. Market Power And Antitrust Policy. 3 credits. OD

Study of the economic and legal forces affecting the evolution and performance of large firms in concentrated markets in the United States. Focus on the structure, conduct, and performance of concentrated industries and the role of the antitrust laws in regulating behavior in these industries. P: ECO 205; Jr. stdg.

ECO 418. Econometrics. 3 credits. OD

Application of economics, mathematics, and statistics to the quantification of economic relationships. Intensive use of computer. P: Jr. stdg.; ECO 205; BUS 229 or equivalent.

ECO 423. Transportation Economics And Policy. 3 credits. OD

Relationship of transportation to the national economy and to the business sector. Focus on principles of transportation economics, government regulation, passenger and freight transport, and such urban policy issues as energy and environment. P: ECO 205; Jr. stdg.

ECO 433. Regional Economic Analysis. 3 credits. OD

Examination of regional economic problems and solutions as they relate to public policy initiatives. Course consists of theory development and empirical testing with statistical models. Emphasis on the use of the most recent advancements in computer hardware and software. P: ECO 205; BUS 229 or equiv.

ECO 443. Labor Economics. 3 credits. OD

The study of labor market theory and policy. The relevant theoretical analysis of labor demand and supply. Analysis of current labor market policies and institutions including discrimination, unemployment, immigration, minimum wages, and unions. P: ECO 205; Jr. stdg.

ECO 479. Seminar in Economics. 3 credits. FA, SP

Exploration and analysis of selected problems, topics, and issues in today's economic environment. Course content changes from semester to semester. This course is repeatable as long as topic differs (12 credits). P: Jr. stdg.

ECO 493. Directed Independent Readings. 1-3 credits. FA, SP

Directed readings course investigating theory and problems in the field of economics. Limited to students who want to develop a more in-depth knowledge of a subject beyond the regular course coverage and who have a QPA of 3.0 or better. May be repeated for credit to a limit of six hours. P: Sr. stdg.; DC and Dean's approval.

ECO 497. Directed Independent Research. 1-3 credits. OD

Supervised independent research on topics in theoretical/applied economics. Limited to students who want to develop a more in-depth knowledge of a subject beyond the regular course coverage and who have a QPA of 3.0 or better. May be repeated for credit to a limit of six hours. P: Sr. stdg.; DC and Dean's approval.

ECO 508. Development Of Political Economy. 3 credits. SP

This course deals with the development of economics from its earlier scholars such as the Greek political economists, Mercantilists, Physiocrats, Classical economists, and the Marginalists including recent contributions of the Keynesians, Institutionalists, and the Monetarists. The course critically examines chronologically, the impact of changing social, political and economic conditions on evolution of economic thoughts. P: Jr. stdg.,ECO 205 or equivalent for Graduate students.

ECO 513. Health Economics. 3 credits. OD

Economic concepts and their application to the health services industry. Addresses demand, supply, distribution, utilization of resources, market theory and analytic techniques including cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis. P: Jr. stdg; ECO 205 or equivalent for Graduate Students.

ECO 518. Comparative Economic Systems. 3 credits. OD

Analysis of modern variants of capitalism and socialism in light of the basic problems and principles applicable to all social economies. Fulfills the College of Business Administration requirement for an international course. P: ECO 205 or equivalent for Graduate students.

ECO 528. International Economic Development. 3 credits. SP

Contemporary theories of economic development and their relationship to the continuing problems of unemployment, income distribution, population growth, urbanization, and economic growth in the Third World. Fulfills the College of Business requirement for an international course. P: ECO 205 or equivalent for Graduate students.

ECO 538. International Economics. 3 credits. FA

Basic theory of inter-regional and international trade; analysis of the international economy, including the institutions, procedures and policies of world trade and finance. Fulfills the College of Business requirements for an international course. P: ECO 205 or equivalent for Graduate students.

FIN 301. Managerial Finance. 3 credits. FA, SP, SU

Basic principles and techniques of financial management, including investment, financing, and working capital decisions. Emphasis on time value of money. Presentation of current theory and modern techniques. P: ACC 202; ECO 205; BUS 229 or equivalent.

FIN 325. Investment Analysis. 3 credits. FA, SP

Principles of investment; analysis of selected investment alternatives including real estate, precious metals, coins, stamps, art, and commodities; evaluation of risks and rates of return; valuation of stocks, bonds, and options; capital asset pricing model and portfolio considerations. P: FIN 301; Jr. stdg.

FIN 331. Real Estate Principles And Practices. 3 credits. OD

Study of basic real estate principles, including the nature of real estate markets, the financing of real estate investments, real estate law, and real estate management. P: Jr. stdg, FIN 301.

FIN 340. Principles of Insurance. 3 credits. FA, SP

Analysis of insurance as a method of dealing with risk; business and personal risk management; emphasis upon life, health, property, liability, and social insurance contracts. P: Jr. stdg.

FIN 343. Social Insurance And Economic Security. 3 credits. FA, SP

Analysis of fundamental risks and available public and private measures against economic insecurity. Social security, workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, and public assistance will be explored in detail. P: Jr. stdg.

FIN 350. Financial Statement Analysis. 3 credits. FA, SP

This course emphasizes the fundamental techniques of financial statement analysis from both an investor equity and creditor viewpoint. The course builds upon a review of accounting and finance concepts, covering the interpretation, adjustments and analysis of financial accounting information, including the balance sheet, income statement and statements of cash flows. It also examines the use of accounting information for investment and credit decisions. P: FIN 301.

FIN 353. Personal Financial Planning. 3 credits. FA, SP

Personal financial management of budgets, savings, credit, insurance, taxes, and investments. Includes dealing with inflation, rental or home purchases, planning for retirement, and estate distribution. P: MTH 141, MTH 201, MTH 205, MTH 231 or MTH 245 or equivalent; ACC 201, ECO 203; Jr. Stdg.

FIN 361. Financial Institutions Management. 3 credits. OD

Analysis of the principles underlying decision-making in the administration of financial institutions, including banks and insurance companies, loan and investment portfolio problems and policies; pricing, underwriting, adjusting, and agency management. P: ECO 205 or DC.

FIN 366. Finance Internship. 3 credits. FA, SP, SU

This course is designed to provide students with practical finance experience by applying financial concepts and technical skills learned in the classroom. It requires 150 hours with an employer, designated class meetings, written assignments, and oral presentations. Credit for this class is dependent upon a) an interview with the sponsoring employer, b) relevance of the internship to the students' finance course work, and c) approval by the coordinator of Finance internships in the Department of Economics and Finance. The course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory and only 3 hours of internship credit may be used to satisfy graduation requirements. P: FIN 301; second semester Jr. or higher standing in the Heider College of Business only.

FIN 401. Advanced Managerial Finance. 3 credits. FA, SP

Combines theory and technique to present an integrated view of the finance function. P: FIN 301; Sr. stdg.; Completion of at least 6 additional hrs. of Group VI courses required of a finance major or permission of the Department Chair.

FIN 425. Security Analysis And Portfolio Management. 3 credits. FA, SP

Analytical evaluation of the investment process emphasizing modern portfolio theory, equilibrium in the capital markets, option pricing theory and evaluation of portfolio performance. P: FIN 325.

FIN 433. Real Estate Finance. 3 credits. SP

Introduction to the basic practices of real estate finance. Emphasis on mortgage and residential financing along with the analysis of income-producing properties. P: FIN 301 or DC.

FIN 435. Portfolio Practicum I. 3 credits. FA

A two-semester sequence. Offers practical experience in investments by managing financial assets. Focus on economic and industry analysis and the determination of their effect on investment decisions; money and capital market forecasts; selection of individual securities; and the development of a portfolio strategy. P: FIN 325; Sr. stdg.; DC.

FIN 436. Portfolio Practicum II. 3 credits. SP

Continuation of FIN 435. P: FIN 435; DC.

FIN 479. Seminar in Finance. 3 credits. FA, SP

Exploration and analysis of selected problems, topics, and issues in today's financial environment. Course content changes from semester to semester. This course is repeatable as long as topic differs (12 credits). P: Jr. stdg.

FIN 491. The Financial World: A Campus And Travel Course. 3 credits. W

Course designed to provide students with on-site understanding of financial processes to complement campus-based study of the same topics. Includes up to 20 hours of on-campus study prior to the travel portion of the course which will comprise up to 30 hours of study with experts in the field. Various destinations. P: Sr. stdg.; completion of at least 6 hrs. of Group VI courses required for a finance major.

FIN 493. Directed Independent Readings. 1-3 credits. FA, SP

Directed readings course investigating current developments in theory and problems in the field of finance. Limited to students who want to develop a more in-depth knowledge of a subject beyond the regular course coverage and who have a QPA of 3.0 or better. May be repeated for credit to a limit of six hours. P: Sr. stdg.; DC and Dean's approval.

FIN 497. Directed Independent Research. 1-3 credits. OD

Supervised independent research on topics beyond the regular course coverage. Course is limited to students who have a QPA or 3.0 or better. May be repeated for credit to a limit of six hours. P: Sr. stdg; DC and Dean's approval.

FIN 505. Financial Modeling. 3 credits. FA, SP

Requires research and analysis of financial topics as they appear in the financial press. Provides a forum creating an interactive role between financial topics, the students and the financial press. Independent research skills are strongly emphasized. P: Sr. stdg.

FIN 511. Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits. 3 credits. FA

This course focuses on retirement preparation. It includes the importance of retirement planning; an evaluation of the client's needs; an understanding of Social Security and Medicare; and qualified and non-qualified retirement plans. P: ACC 301, FIN 340, FIN 353, or DC.

FIN 512. Estate Planning and Taxation. 3 credits. SP

This course focuses on the efficient management and transfer of wealth, consistent with the client's goals. It is a study of the legal, tax, financial and non-financial aspects of this process, covering topics such as trusts, wills, probate advanced directives, charitable giving, wealth transfers and related taxes. P: FIN 353, ACC 301, or DC.

FIN 513. Life Insurance Financial Planning. 3 credits.

This class will focus on understanding of Individual Life Insurance as a key cornerstone of the financial planning and risk management processes. This course will examine life insurance from several perspectives including insurance principles, product forms, and standard policy characteristics. This course will also cover basic concepts of personal risk management and insurance planning considerations related to the unique variations of different product designs. Examines different forms of risk-based perspectives including underwriting classifications, reinsurance, and underlying company investment and reserving issues. Concludes life insurance marketing, and understanding life insurance company accounting, financial statements and rating systems. This course covers the materials required for educational credit towards the CLU professional designation. P: Jr. Stdg., ECO 203, FIN 340, or DC, elementary level skills in Microsoft Office Suite.

FIN 514. Planning for Business and Professionals. 3 credits.

This class will focus on understanding the risk management issues related to the different forms of business ownership and the associated planning considerations of each. This course will cover basic concepts of risk management and insurance planning considerations related to the unique variations of different business forms and the professionals who are responsible for business management decisions. Examines different forms of business from various risk based perspectives, issues related to business continuation, and buy-sell agreements. Explores planning for business liquidation, stock redemption and disposition of business interests among partners or groups. Concludes with planning and risk management decisions associated with death and disability of owners and/or key employees, keeping businesses within families, and managing risks within closely held businesses. This course covers the materials required for educational credit towards the CLU professional designation. P: Jr. Stdg., ECO 203, FIN 301, FIN 513 or DC, elementary level skills in Microsoft Office Suite.

FIN 558. International Financial Management. 3 credits. SP

An overview of the financial issues involved in international business. Focus on the environment of international financial management, foreign exchange risk management, multinational working capital management, foreign investment analysis, financing foreign operations and international banking. P: FIN 301.

Faculty

Professors: Ernest P. Goss, Randy D. Jorgensen, N. R. Vasudeva R. Vasudeva Murthy, Kenneth M. Washer, John R. Wingender

Associate Professors: Charles B. Braymen, Kristie N. Briggs, Lee M. Dunham, Diana W. Thomas

Clinical Associate Professor: Jerome Sherman

Assistant Professors: James J. Knudsen, Tingting Liu, Colin O'Reilly, Kathleen M. Sheehan, Michael D. Thomas, Melissa K. Woodley

Instructors: Timothy Bastian, James Wingender

Associate Professor of Practice: Ed J. Horwitz, Bradley T. Klontz, P. Ted Klontz