2020-2021 University Catalog 
    
    Aug 15, 2022  
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Computer Science

  
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    COSC 445L - Parallel and Distributed Computing Lab


    Required corequisite to COSC 445 .

    Credits: 0.25
    Corequisite: COSC 445 
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    COSC 450L - Theory Seminar Lab


    Required corequisite to COSC 450 .

    Credits: 0.25
    Corequisite: COSC 450 
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    COSC 460 - Database Management Systems


    Introduces the principles underlying modern database systems. These principles guide how information is represented as structured data, how computations on the data are expressed in query languages, and how systems are designed to enable efficient computation on large data sets. Topics include database design, data models, query languages, query processing and optimization, data storage and access, transaction management, and advanced topics as time permits.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: COSC 460L  
    Prerequisites:    
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    COSC 460L - Database Management Lab


    Required corequisite to COSC 460 .

    Credits: 0.25
    Corequisite: COSC 460 
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    COSC 465 - Computer Networks


    Introduces the fundamental concepts in computer networks. Topics include layered network architecture, error detection and correction, medium access control, routing, congestion control, and internetworking. If time permits, the following advanced topics may also be included: network security, multimedia, multicast, and wireless networking.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: COSC 465L  
    Prerequisites:    
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Recommended: Some knowledge of differential calculus and elementary probability and statistics is helpful.
    Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    COSC 465L - Computer Networks Lab


    Students complete weekly laboratory assignments in which they build network applications and implement increasingly complex network protocols in order to gain a deeper understanding of topics covered in class. Required corequisite to  .

    Credits: 0.25
    Corequisite: COSC 465  
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    COSC 480 - Topics in Computer Science


    Topics vary depending upon needs of students and interests of the instructor.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: COSC 480L  
    Prerequisites: Varied based on topic
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    COSC 480L - Topics in Computer Science Lab


    Required corequisite to COSC 480 .

    Credits: 0.25
    Corequisite: COSC 480 
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    COSC 482 - Independent Research


    Opportunity for research-based individual study under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Research methods in the particular area of study and investigation of current literature are also addressed. This course may count as one of the electives for the COSC major; this course may only be taken once for major credit.

    Credits: 1
    Prerequisites: COSC 202 or COSC 208 or COSC 290 and permission of Instructor
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    COSC 491 - Independent Study


    Opportunity for individual study in areas not covered by formal course offerings, under the guidance of a member of the faculty.

    Credits: variable
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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Economics

  
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    ECON 105 - Principles of Accounting


    A study of the fundamental principles underlying financial accounting and reporting. Emphasis is on analysis, interpretation, and understanding of accounting information, and how such information influences management decision-making. Recommended as a tool course, this course does not count toward the major, minor, or Area of Inquiry requirements.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: No First-year
    Area of Inquiry: None
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 151 - Introduction to Economics


    A general introduction to the subject matter and analytical tools of economics including micro- and macroeconomic theory.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 206 - Marxian Political Economy


    An introduction to the principles of Marxian political economy, including the labor theory of value, the theory of money, the analysis of accumulation and expanded reproduction, and the theory of economic crisis. It includes readings from Marx and modern writers on his theories.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 151 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 219 - Chinese Economy


    Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course provides a general survey of China’s economic reform and related public policy issues since 1978. In addition to offering a basic knowledge about the Chinese economy and its reforms in the past quarter century, the course develops a framework to help students understand and evaluate the evolution of China’s economic development strategy and public policy in recent years that has guided the country’s economic reform.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 151  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: Global Engagements


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    ECON 228 - Environmental Economics


    An introduction to the study of environmental problems with the perspective and analytical tools of economics. Sources of market failure with respect to environmental issues are discussed, and methods for analyzing environmental policies are developed. These tools are applied to current issues of pollution, resource use, and sustainability.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 151  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: No Senior
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 233 - Economics of Immigration


    Explores the economic causes and consequences of immigration using theoretical and empirical perspectives. Importantly, the migration experience relates to the residents of both origin and destination countries. Course coverage pertaining to migrants and their source countries might include immigrant selection, assimilation, and the consequences of brain drain. Coverage related to residents of receiving countries might include the fiscal and labor market effects of immigration. The course is of particular interest to student wanting to examine economic policy, labor, and productivity questions.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 151  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: No Junior, Senior
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: Global Engagements


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    ECON 234 - Gender in the Economy


    An examination of the role of gender in our economic system. This course studies the causes and implications of sexual division of labor and the dynamic relationship of production and reproduction in a historical and contemporary context. A critical analysis of the implicit and explicit gender bias of the discourse of economics is an integral part of this course.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 151  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: No First-year
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: Global Engagements


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    ECON 238 - Economic Development


    Explores the content of economic development. Examines both the successes of the developed world and the limits of development elsewhere. Specific topics include the role of population growth, the importance of agriculture, structural change, and globalization.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 151  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: Global Engagements


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    ECON 249 - International Economics


    Studies the underlying forces affecting economic relations among nations. Material will address both microeconomic and macroeconomic perspectives. Potential topics include the international mobility of goods, labor, and capital; economic growth and development; balance of payments; and exchange rate determination. Not open to students who have completed ECON 349 or ECON 394. ECON, MAEC, and ENEC majors interested in international economics are strongly encouraged to enroll in ECON 349 and/or ECON 394.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 151   with a grade of C or better. 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only International Relations Majors and Minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: Global Engagements


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    ECON 251 - Intermediate Microeconomics


    A systematic development of the theory of consumer and firm behavior and pricing in markets. Emphasis is placed on the uses and limitations of some general methods of economic analysis. Majors and minors must earn a grade of C or better.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 151  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Recommended: MATH 161  or its equivalent
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 252 - Intermediate Macroeconomics


    A systematic development of the theory for determining national income, employment, and the general levels of prices and interest rates. Analysis of recent U.S. macroeconomic events is included. Majors and minors must earn a grade of C or better.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 151  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Recommended: MATH 161  or its equivalent
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 291 - Independent Study


    Opportunity for individual study in areas not covered by formal course offerings, under the guidance of a member of the faculty.

    Credits: variable
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 314 - Industrial Organization


    A study of the relationship between market structure, business conduct, and economic performance. Topics include the structure of American industry, oligopolistic pricing theory, product differentiation, research and development, and mergers.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 320 - Law and Economics


    An introduction to law and economics. Standard economic theory is used to examine the law and legal institutions, and to study the origin, nature, and consequences of the “rules of the game” as they pertain to individual and group behavior. Questions addressed in this course include the following: How does the legal system shape economic incentives in ways that lead to socially optimal or sub-optimal behavior? How does one measure the benefits and costs of changes in legal rules? What is the nature of private property in a market economy? What is the appropriate role of a legal system in settling private disputes?

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 333 - Urban Economics


    Cites are major centers of economic activity. This course describes the formation and characteristics of urban areas. Coverage begins with analysis of how cities arise due to utility-maximizing decisions of households and profit-maximizing decisions of firms. The course then describes features of cities including economies of scale, sources of urban economic growth, land-use patterns, housing, segregation, government policy, and local public goods provision.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: MATH 105  or CORE 143S  or MATH 102
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Recommended: Previous completion of ECON 375  recommended.
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 336 - The Economics of Sports


    Although athletics have played an important cultural, religious, and martial role in societies throughout history, the commercialization of sports is a much more recent phenomenon. Students apply economic theory and empirical methodology to the analysis of sports in order to examine the interactions between sports and economics, including the institutions that organize sports and the unique economic data made available by sporting contests. The specific fields of economics covered in this course include industrial organization, public finance, labor economics, and game theory. Special consideration will also be given to discussions of the economics of collegiate and amateur sports.

    Credits: 1
    Prerequisites:    None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 339 - The Japanese Economy


    A survey of the empirical and theoretical literature on various aspects of the Japanese economy. Topics include comparison of the Japanese labor market with the U.S. labor market, keiretsu and the economic conflict between the U.S. and Japan, industrial policies and the Japanese “miracle,” international comparison of the saving rate and the cost of capital, “multiskilling” and technological changes, participatory management practices and performance of the Japanese firm, and other issues of current interest.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Recommended: Previous completion of ECON 375  recommended.
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 340 - Behavioral and Experimental Economics


    Behavioral economics has significantly changed the way economists view the world. It encompasses approaches that extend the standard economic framework to incorporate features of human behavior emphasized in other sciences, such as sociology and psychology. Behavioral economics then uses experiments to obtain empirical evidence to develop economics models that more accurately describe the way people actually behave. Students will be asked to contrast the material they learned in intermediate microeconomics with empirical and experimental evidence, which will inform new ways of modelling and thinking about individual economic behavior. The course will encompass applications to other fields of economics, possibly including public economics, development, game theory, health, and policy.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and (CORE 143S  or ECON 375  or MATH 102 or MATH 105  or MATH 316  or MATH 317 or   or PSYC 309 )

     
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 344 - Public Economics


    Examines the “proper” role of government in a market economy by looking at both the expenditure and the taxation sides. Topics on the expenditure side include market failure, public goods, and cost-benefit analysis; on the taxation side, notions of tax equity, principles of tax incidence, efficient taxation, and the tax structure in the United States are addressed.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 345 - Games and Strategies


    Some decisions in life are simple. Others are more complicated. Game theory is the study of decisions that are complicated by strategic interactions, situations where making the best choice requires taking into account the decisions being made by others. This course presents the basic concepts of game theory and applies those concepts to a variety of microeconomic topics. Some of the applications examined include oligopoly behavior, auctions, political elections, moral hazard, principal-agent models, bargaining, and evolutionary models. Students also examine experimental evidence that sometimes confirms, and sometimes conflicts with the predictions from game theory.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and (MATH 105  or MATH 316  or CORE 143S  or MATH 102) and (  or   or MATH 163 )  or a high school calculus course. Must understand what a derivative is and be able to take the derivative of simple (e.g., polynomial) functions.
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 348 - Health Economics


    Applies economic principles and tools to study the health-care market. Looks at the structure, cost, and distribution of resources within the health-care sector. Focuses on the socio-economic determinants of health, demand and supply of health insurance, hospital competition, physician practice, government intervention in the health-care market, and comparisons of health-systems around the world.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 349 - Topics in International Trade


    Designed to provide students with a deep understanding of international trade theories and policies. Topics include the theory of comparative advantage; trade under increasing returns; welfare implications of trade policies such as tariffs, quotas, and antidumping duties; political economy of trade policies; trade and migration, outsourcing, and environment; and global trading arrangements such as NAFTA and the WTO.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Restrictions: Not open to students who have completed ECON 249 .
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: Global Engagements


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    ECON 351 - International Finance and Open-Economy Macroeconomics


    An in-depth study of the theoretical and empirical literature of international finance and open economy macroeconomics. Topics include the balance of payments, the foreign exchange market, financial globalization, optimum currency areas and financial crises.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Restrictions: Not open to students who have completed ECON 249 .
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: Global Engagements
    Formerly: ECON 394


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    ECON 352 - Money and Banking


    Studies the economic functions and efficiency of financial institutions and markets in the United States. Analytical tools are used to study the development and structure of asset markets, central banking and the role of monetary policy, regulation of markets and financial institutions, and risk. Students use case studies to focus on both historical and current events in the domestic and international financial systems.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 353 - Fed Challenge


    A small group of selected students works together with faculty mentors to compete with teams from other colleges and universities in the Fed Challenge, a national competition that is hosted and judged by the U.S. Federal Reserve System. The goal of the course is to develop a presentation that summarizes the current state of the U.S. macroeconomy, understand its current weaknesses and threats, and make a monetary policy recommendation. To prepare for the presentation, students research and summarize the U.S. macroeconomic data, analyze historical and international macroeconomic episodes and their policy responses, and make and justify a specific recommendation regarding U.S. monetary policy.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 252  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Recommended: It is highly recommended that students also take ECON 352 .
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 355 - Advanced Macroeconomics


    Designed to teach students the theoretical foundations of advanced macroeconomic models. These models are used to help better understand different aspects of the economy. Emphasis is on the dynamic macroeconomic models that require the use of a higher level of mathematics than the models taught in ECON 252 .

    Credits: 1.00
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and (MATH 163  or MATH 113)
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Recommended: Students take MATH 214 .
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 356 - Growth and Distribution


    An overview of the theory, measurement, and history of economic growth that presents classical, Keynesian, and neoclassical approaches in parallel. Topics include the theory of optimal saving, endogenous technical change, growth accounting, natural resource limits on growth, money and growth, and the impact of government debt and social security systems on long-term economic growth.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: Global Engagements
    Formerly: ECON 386


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    ECON 357 - Advanced Microeconomic Theory


    Explores how consumers and firms allocate their scarce resources in order to maximize well-being and profits, respectively, and how these choices interact in a market. This course incorporates additional mathematical rigor into the economic models assuming competitive markets and perfect information first developed in ECON 251. The course then relaxes these simplifying assumptions to explore models of imperfect competition, uncertainty in decision-making, asymmetries in information, and public goods and externalities that require more rigorous mathematical analysis.

    Credits: 1
    Prerequisites: ECON 151 and ECON 251 and ECON 252 and (MATH 163 or MATH 113)
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Recommended: MATH 214
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 360 - Applied Economic Theory


    The goal of this course is to illustrate to students the role that economic theory can play in understanding current events and important policy debates. Students use relevant theoretical concepts learned in both ECON 251  and ECON 252 , and reviewed in this course, to further their understanding of, and to help them to form opinions on, some important contemporary issues and economic debates. Examples of covered topics might include the proposal to privatize Social Security, differing unemployment rates in the United States and Europe, evaluating welfare reform, the increase in the incidence of personal bankruptcy, the IMF’s role in stabilizing the international financial system, the government’s role in providing public education, and the causes of growing U.S. wage inequality. Theoretical concepts that might be utilized include information theory, overlapping generations models, growth models, game theory, and theories of market failure.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 376


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    ECON 368 - American Economic History


    An analysis of selected issues in American economic development using the tools of economics. Topics include basic history of growth and structure since colonial times, population and migration, the labor force, agriculture, money and banking, transportation, slavery, the Civil War, industry studies, the Great Depression, and the growth of the government sector and regulation. Basic economic and demographic theories are applied to historical events.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 382


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    ECON 369 - History of Economic Thought


    A survey of the evolution of economic doctrine and theory from ancient times through the present. Emphasis is on the predecessors of neo-classical economics, but attention is paid to alternative developments. The ideas of economists such as Richard Cantillon, François Quesnay, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Thomas Malthus, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Leon Walras, William Stanley Jevons, Alfred Marshall, and John Maynard Keynes are studied in historical and philosophical context.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 392


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    ECON 370 - European Economic Issues (London Study group)


    An in-depth study of European open economy macroeconomics, international trade, and international finance. Coverage varies from year to year depending on the director of the London Economics Study Group.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 396


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    ECON 371 - The Economics of the European Union (London Study Group)


    Deals with economic aspects of the functioning and development of the European Union. Taught on the London Study Group.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 401


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    ECON 372 - The British Economy (London Study group)


    Applies economic theory to the British context through a study of a selection of historical and current macroeconomic, industrial, public sector, and balance of payment problems and policy responses in the UK. Includes regular visits to local economic institutions for group discussions about their activities and perspectives on current economic and government policy issues. An internship experience in London may be a required component, but is subject to economic fluctuations and various UK legal restrictions. Taught on the London Study Group.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: Global Engagements
    Formerly: ECON 403


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    ECON 374 - Mathematical Economics


    An introduction to some basic topics and methods of mathematical economics. Emphasis is on the role of optimization techniques in economic models.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and (MATH 113 or MATH 163 )
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 378


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    ECON 375 - Applied Econometrics


    An introduction to regression analysis and related statistical methods used to estimate and test relationships among economic variables. Selected applications from microeconomics and macroeconomics are studied. Emphasis is on identifying when particular methods are appropriate and on interpreting statistical results. A minimum grade of C is required for completion of the economics major.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: ECON 375L  
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and (MATH 105  or CORE 143S  or MATH 316 ) and (  or   or  )
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 375L - Applied Econometrics Lab


    Required corequisite to ECON 375 .

    Credits: 0.00
    Corequisite: ECON 375 
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 380 - Economics of Households in Developing Countries


    In 2005, one out of five people on this planet was living on less than $1 per day. Half of the world lives on less than $2 per day. But how actually does one live on less than $1 per day? In this course students learn about the economic lives of the extremely poor: the choices they face, the constraints within which they make decisions, and the challenges they meet. Development economics is, in most part, the field of economics that studies the informal, imaginative institutions that replace the formal constructs we are used to in the developed world. In developing countries people face malfunctioning markets due to incomplete information, a weak legal structure, and constraints that result in economic choices and strategic considerations that are worth separate scrutiny. This is an advanced course in economics.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 381 - Labor Economics


    Theoretical and empirical analysis of the labor market; the employment system; human resource management; and the relevant public policy issues. Topics include labor demand and minimum wage law; labor supply and welfare programs; compensating wage differentials and safety and health regulations; wage structure and income inequality; investment in human capital and education; discrimination and affirmative action; personnel economics and economics of human resource management; immigration; and other issues of current interest.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: No Senior
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 342


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    ECON 383 - Natural Resource Economics


    Study of the optimal allocation of scarce natural resources under conditions of imperfect markets. This course is intended for students interested in applying microeconomic theory to public policy questions regarding natural resources. Topics include environmental quality, policy, and regulation; renewable resources (fisheries, forests, and water resources); and non-renewable resources (global warming, energy use, and mineral extraction).

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 328


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    ECON 387 - Financial Economics


    Covers topics in financial economics with a focus on corporate finance. Major themes include basic financial statement analysis and modeling, valuation and capital budgeting, risk, and capital structure and dividend policy. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing and testing theories with empirical projects and presentations.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375   (ECON 375 may be taken concurrently)
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 332


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    ECON 391 - Independent Study


    Opportunity for individual study in areas not covered by formal course offerings, under the guidance of a member of the faculty.

    Credits: variable
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Economics, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics majors and minors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 405 - Advanced Econometric Issues


    A study of econometric methods not covered in ECON 375. This half-semester course is designed for senior economics students doing honors or taking a concurrent senior seminar. Topics vary depending on student needs and interests. The course helps students read the professional economics literature and do their own research projects.

    Credits: 0.50
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 375  and ECON 251  and ECON 252 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics, Economics Majors and Minors
    Class Restriction: Only Senior
    Area of Inquiry: None
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 414 - Seminar in Industrial Organization


    Contemporary issues involving government policy and the private sector. Major topics include anti-trust policy, public utility regulation, the regulation of transportation and communications, and deregulation.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 314  and ECON 375 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 421 - Seminar in Economics of Education


    Examines education from an economic perspective. Economic theories and tools of statistical inference are employed to understand people’s education investment choices and education policies. Topics covered might include human capital theory and signaling theory of education; pecuniary and non-pecuniary returns to education; the role of early childhood education; educational equity; the role of peer effects, class size, and school expenditures; K-12 school reforms and debates in recent decades (accountability, school choice and affirmative action).

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 375  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 433 - Seminar in Economics of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration


    This seminar studies how several economic fields–possibly including labor economics, public economics, economic growth and development, and international trade–have contributed to economists’ understanding of economic issues related to race, ethnicity, and migration. Topics might include discrimination, disparities in economic outcomes across groups, the macroeconomic benefits and costs of diversity and segregation, and the responses of native-born workers to immigration. Other topics may be considered as well.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 436 - Seminar in Sports Economics


    This seminar is an advanced study of the interactions between sports and economics, including the institutions that organize sports and the unique economic data made available by sporting contests. The specific fields of economics covered in the seminar include labor economics, industrial organization, public finance, and game theory. Special consideration is also given to discussions of the economics of collegiate and amateur sports.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 438 - Seminar in Economic Development


    Advanced study of the content of economic development. Specific topics in economic development are considered by the group. Individuals are responsible for a research paper on a topic agreed to in consultation with the instructor.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 238  and ECON 375  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 443 - Seminar in Policy Evaluation


    The goal of this seminar is to explore the role of economic theory and empirical research in designing appropriate public policies and evaluating their effects, through a critical reading of empirical studies and discussions of relevant theories and findings. Topics may include environmental legislation, taxation and redistribution, public health, government regulation, education, public provisions, and crime.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 375  and ECON 251  and ECON 252 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 448 - Seminar in Health Economics


    This seminar presents an advanced study of issues in Health Economics. Topics include demand for health care, the insurance market, and implications of employer-provided insurance. On the provision side, hospital and physician markets are analyzed with a focus on measuring quality, pay-for-performance, and competitive effectiveness research. Other topics might include public health issues such as obesity and substance use, as well as comparative health-care systems.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 348  and ECON 375 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 450 - Seminar in International Economics


    An advanced study of selected international economic problems, with special reference to the role of theories in the understanding and solution of such problems. Emphasizes current issues in trade policy: the rules of the WTO; foreign investment, debt, and the operations of MNCs; the appropriateness of particular saving, investment, trade balances, and exchange rates; and the macroeconomic coordination efforts of the IMF and the G-7.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375  and (ECON 249  or ECON 349  or ECON 394)
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 468 - Seminar in American Economic History


    Advanced study of selected issues in American economic history, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics change from year to year. Topics covered include the economics of the Antebellum South and the Civil War, the Great Depression, the development of labor markets, the demographic evolution of the United States, agriculture, industry and transport since colonial times, and money, banking, and financial markets.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375  and (ECON 382 or ECON 368 )
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 482


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    ECON 474 - Seminar in Mathematical Economics


    Explores selected topics from mathematical economics with a main focus in the area of advanced microeconomic theory, advanced macroeconomic theory, or game theory. Topics in microeconomic theory include the primitives of preferences and consumer choice, general equilibrium, externalities and public goods, and the theory of incomplete information as applied to principal-agent models. Topics in advanced macroeconomic theory include dynamic models of long-run economic growth, real business cycle theory, and dynamic stochastic general equilibrium applications. Topics in game theory include static and dynamic games of both complete and incomplete information with applications to various fields of economics.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375  and (ECON 378 or ECON 374 )
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 478


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    ECON 475 - Seminar in Econometrics


    Advanced study of econometric methods, with an emphasis on their theoretical underpinnings. Topics include the statistical properties (in particular, expected value, variance, and probability limit) of estimators, consequences of different underlying assumptions, and advanced methods not covered in ECON 375.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and (ECON 374  or ECON 378) and ECON 375 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Only Mathematical Economics Majors
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 481 - Seminar in Labor Economics


    Advanced study of selected issues in labor economics emphasizes recent developments in the field. Topics may include efficiency wage, fair wage, and gift exchange; compensation methods including pay for performance, profit sharing, team incentives, stock option, and employee ownership; gender and careers; peer effects; executive compensation and corporate governance; and other issues of current interest.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375  and (ECON 234   or ECON 339  or ECON 340  or ECON 381 )
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 442


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    ECON 483 - Seminar in Resource and Environmental Economics


    An advanced study of current resource and environmental issues. Explores the reasons for, and the welfare implications of, some of the pressing resource and environmental issues facing humankind today. Topics may include the study of energy use and its implications for local and global environments; the interaction between economic development and population growth and its impact on resource use and the environment; and the local and global implications of deforestation. The economic, scientific, and political framework surrounding the issues is explored.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375  and (ECON 228  or ECON 328)
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 428


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    ECON 484 - Seminar in Applied Macroeconomics


    One or more of the following topics are studied: current U.S. stabilization policies; policy simulation analysis and forecasting using macroeconomic models; and advanced analysis of inflation, unemployment, income distribution, and economic growth.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 487 - Seminar in Financial Economics


    Broadly surveys research in financial intermediation. The unifying theme throughout the semester will be credit allocation by banks and non-bank financial institutions in the mortgage market.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 251  and ECON 252  and ECON 375  and (ECON 332 or ECON 387 )
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: ECON 432


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    ECON 489 - Preparation for Honors Seminar: Special Problems in Economics


    Designed for senior majors who are eligible for departmental honors (or high honors). Each seminar member plans and writes an honors thesis under the general guidance and supervision of a faculty member. Seminar members present their work to the group and act as discussants of each other’s work. Enrollment in both terms is necessary for course credit. This course is taken for no course credit in the fall and uses the satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option.

    Credits: 0.00
    When Offered: Fall semester only

    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: Only Senior
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 490 - Honors Seminar: Special Problems in Economics


    Designed for senior majors who are eligible for departmental honors (or high honors). Each seminar member plans and writes an honors thesis under the general guidance and supervision of a faculty member. Seminar members present their work to the group and act as discussants of each other’s work. Enrollment in both ECON 489 and ECON 490 is necessary for course credit. This course is taken under the satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option.

    Credits: 1.00
    When Offered: Spring semester only

    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: ECON 489  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    ECON 491 - Independent Study


    Opportunity for individual study in areas not covered by formal course offerings, under the guidance of a member of the faculty.

    Credits: variable
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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Educational Studies

  
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    EDUC 101 - The American School


    An introductory analysis of American education. Readings from varied texts provide exposure to cultural, political, historical, philosophical, and social foundations of schooling, contemporary problems, and the possible future of American education.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: No Junior, Senior
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 202 - The Teaching of Reading


    An introduction to the process of reading, and to reading in elementary and secondary schools. This course is designed primarily for students in the Teacher Preparation Program. Students study theories of language acquisition and the development of reading skills as well as critical literacy and new literacy studies. Students explore a variety of approaches to the teaching of reading as practiced in schools and strategies of reading necessary to read in content areas. This course satisfies 7-30 of the 100 required school-based fieldwork hours for students seeking teacher certification.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 204 - Child and Adolescent Development


    An introduction to theory and research in physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and moral development during the periods typically defined as childhood and adolescent years. The focus is on the nature of interaction between the individual and his or her social, physical, and cultural environments. Educating autobiographical knowledge is an important aspect of the course, where students are asked to engage with and reexamine aspects of their own upbringing. This course encourages students to investigate and contest theories about child and adolescent development, connecting these to ideas about how schools do and should educate.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 205 - Race, White Supremacy, and Education


    An examination of how the concepts of race, ethnicity, and culture play, have played, and continue to play a major role in the American educational system. Students study issues such as white supremacy, social justice, racial and ethnic identity, immigration, integration (desegregation/resegregation), race relations, socioeconomic inequality, language programs, and transformative education. In order to engage in critical dialogue, a wide range of educational research, theory, and policies concerning these issues are explored.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: EDUC 305


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    EDUC 207 - Inclusive and Special Education


    Introduce students to foundational concepts, theories, and strategies of inclusive education and disability studies. Students will develop a critical understanding of ability/disability in educational contexts and will learn the tools of classroom analysis and instruction necessary to teach all learners in inclusive (general education) settings. This course approaches disability as a form of diversity, asking students to question and analyze constructs of normalcy and exceptionality that underpin traditional special education discourses and practices. Historical, legal, and cultural perceptions and experiences of disability are examined, and attention is given to how and why identification, placement, and evaluation of disability occur within education. Teacher candidates are required to complete school-based fieldwork hours in conjunction with this course. This course can satisfy 10-15 hours of the 100 required school-based fieldwork hours for students seeking teacher certification.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: EDUC 307


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    EDUC 214 - Teaching and Learning


    An exploration of how selected cognitive theorists have defined learning and a critical examination of how teachers teach. Questions asked include the following: What is learning? How does a teacher’s definition of learning influence how he or she actually teaches? What are current ideas about effective teaching for all students to learn? Students in the course are asked to examine their own assumptions about these issues and engage in teaching both in and out of this class. This class satisfies 10–30 hours of the 100 required school-based fieldwork for students seeking teacher certification.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: EDUC 306


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    EDUC 219 - Education for Peace and Nonviolence


    Begins by thinking against the historical privileging of reason over emotions. Framed through a variety of feminist, queer, and decolonial voices, this class will, first and foremost, ask us to reconsider the epistemic value of feeling as a site of knowledge production when considering practices of peace and education. Using case studies of dehumanizing practices, the class opens up space to reflect on how we might reconsider thinking politically and ethically through alternative cosmologies. 

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: EDUC 210


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    EDUC 220 - Ecojustice and Education


    explores pertinent intersectional issues of environment and society as situated within a broader conversation of teaching and learning. The course includes a focus on current environmental threats such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, human natural resource consumption and as well as the impact of such threats on school-aged children and families. This course seeks to better understand the cultivation of youth activist movements from the student perspective. The course will also address appropriate pedagogical approaches to teaching environment and sustainability through a critical, place-based pedagogical frame. An analysis of global, national, state, and local rhetoric surrounding issues of eco-justice reforms and will be included as part.

    Credits: 1
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 226 - Uses and Abuses of Educational Research


    An introduction to research design and a range of methodologies for data collection and analysis which frame the field of educational studies. This course surveys methods of data collection and analysis across a range of qualitative, quantitative, mixed, hermeneutic, discursive, and phenomenological approaches. This course explores issues that feminist, decolonial, and critical scholars have raised concerning the production of knowledge, the researcher’s identity, and the roles of validity in educational research. Intended for educational studies majors and potential majors in preparation for their capstone project, this course requires students to develop an independent research project focused on an issue in education. In preparing students to become future critical and creative educational scholars, this course moves through the process of designing a research project and culminates in the writing of a detailed research proposal.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: Open to Majors only
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 231 - Inquiry Based Teaching in the Schools


    An opportunity to connect theory to pragmatic issues of teaching. Students observe and teach lessons in a local school setting with students, preferably at a high needs designated district. The course interrogates the following questions: (1) How do students learn? (2) How do teachers reach all students? (3) How does school environment inform teaching and learning? These questions are imbedded in genuine contexts of a school, which is itself working in state and federal educational bureaucracies. This class satisfies 10–30 hours of the 100 required school-based fieldwork for students seeking teacher certification.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 241 - Queering Education


    LGBTQ youth have traditionally been marginalized in schools. K-12 education offers few curricular and institutional spaces where queer identities are affirmed and queer voices are heard. From sex education to the prom, most schools and educators operate under the ahistorical guise of heteronormativity–a term used to describe ideologies and practices that organize and privilege opposite-sex gender relations and normative gender and sexual identities. Using critical lenses developed by queer and feminist theorists and critical pedagogues, this course seeks both to explore how heteronormativity operates in a variety of educational spaces and how students and educators are confronting these processes by using schools as sites of resistance.

    Credits: 1.00
    Crosslisted: LGBT 241  
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101  or LGBT 220  or LGBT 227  or RELG 253  or SOCI 220  or SOAN 220
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 245 - Globalization’s Children: The Education of the “New” Immigrants in the United States


    Set against the larger backdrop of globalization and transnational migration, this course examines the educational experiences of contemporary or “new” im/migrants and the children of im/migrants in U.S. schools, focusing on migrants from countries in Asia and Latin America. Drawing heavily from anthropological and sociological perspectives on the schooling of “the new second-generation,” the course charts the changing demography of the nation-state post-1965 and explores issues of acculturation and assimilation, the tensions and contradictions of “learning a new land,” and the ways in which cultural and structural factors intersect with immigrant students’ everyday realities to shape school performance and opportunity.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 246 - Forced Migration and Education


    Explores forced migration through the lens of human rights, and specifically the right to a quality education. Students consider the field of “education in emergencies,” what it is and how it works, specifically examining the role of external and local actors in addressing education issues in countries or regions affected by conflict or disaster. Through a critical analysis of notions of “crisis” and “emergency”, students gain a deeper understanding of global, national, and local refugee policy, and practice. Drawing on memoirs, documentaries, and primary documents, the course examines the intimate nature of forced migration, countering the image of faceless masses moving within and across borders. Students will investigate and assess education programs as part of a short term response to conflict and long term peacebuilding efforts.

    Credits: 1
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101 None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 291 - Independent Study


    Opportunity for individual study in areas not covered by formal course offerings, under the guidance of a member of the faculty.

    Credits: variable
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 303 - Decolonizing Development: Gender, Power & Education in International Development


    Development, rather than a benign and neutral process, must be analyzed for how it traffics with power. Drawing on critical development studies, decolonial/transnational feminisms, and anthropology and sociology of education, this course seeks to examine educational development efforts from both a critical gender and policy analysis perspective and frames the question of girls’ education in an increasingly globalizing world as issues of equity, empowerment and social justice.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101  or WMST 202  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: Global Engagements


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    EDUC 308 - Global Anthropologies of Education


    The study of the relationship between education and economic, social, political, and cultural developments that shape national and regional systems of schooling. In the study of comparative education, students develop an understanding of educational phenomena across national and political boundaries. Research methods, major concepts, and current trends within the multidisciplinary field of comparative education are reviewed and examined. Students have the opportunity to engage in a critical analysis of their educations in relation to other systems of education, both in the United States and overseas.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: Global Engagements


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    EDUC 309 - Philosophies of Education


    An examination of the connection between the forms and functions of education and the state which education is designed to serve. Questions are raised regarding equality of access and outcomes, the apparent tensions between equality and liberty, and equality and excellence. The course includes discussion of the ethical dimensions of education; the ways in which education is implicated in the formation of personal identity; and the responsibility of teachers in the formation of personal and social identity.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 310 - Marxist Political Economy & Education Policy


    Consideration of the past 40 years of American education policy with attention to the political, economic, and ideological underpinnings of debate and scholarship. More formally, students will embark on a critical examination of how neoliberal movements toward standardization and privatization have been taken up in contemporary discourse and the effects this has had on political understandings of public institutions and public good.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 311 - Indigenous Education


    A consideration of the history of North American Indian education from a variety of perspectives. Central to discussions is an analysis of the ways in which Native American societies in different times and places viewed children and their upbringing. The course considers education as a process of transmitting culture within Native American societies and between Europeans and Indians. Readings include autobiographical and biographical materials about teachers and students as well as secondary studies of missionary activities, boarding and day schools, and changing government policies affecting Indian education. One aspect of the course encourages students to reflect on multicultural curricula and cultural diversity in learning styles. An important component of the course is a research paper on a topic related to the theme of the course.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 312 - Women and Education


    An examination of the structure, content, and expression of school curriculum to reveal ways that gender identity is formed in the general process of the reproduction of cultural consciousness. This course looks at the question of how gender should inform classroom practices and institutional structures.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101 
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 315 - Pedagogies and Publics


    Explores how social contexts influence informal pedagogical practices that advance societal, communal, and institutional structures. Through reading texts, primary sources, and watching films students will encounter pedagogy and educative practices not only in the classroom, the school, and educational theory but also through the study of public intellectuals, popular culture, and in grassroots activism and social movements. Centering educative and pedagogical practices that advance either dominant structures or democratic reconfigurations, students explore questions about educational access and equity by examining the intersections of gender, sexuality; race and racialized-gender; class; (im)migration and labor; humanitarianism, and legalities; ableism, disability, and the body; and society. This includes discussions of the ethical dimensions of education, the ways in which education is implicated in the formation of individual and social identities, and the role of teachers in the formation of personal and social identity. Throughout the semester, students delve into analyses of education, power, and hegemony culminating in substantive student-designed critical pedagogy research papers and projects.

    Credits: 1
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 316 - Moral Development and Education


    An examination of major theories of moral development, their philosophic and psychological premises, and their implications for educational practice. Readings include works by Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Carol Gilligan. One focus of the course is the connections between theoretical ideas about moral development and both the hidden and explicit curriculum in schools. The course includes assignments in interviewing, a theoretical paper, and student presentations and critiques.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: EDUC 416


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    EDUC 317 - Democracy and Education


    An opportunity to engage in in-depth analysis of the interrelationship between democratic and educational theory. Prominent North American and international models of democracy and their corresponding educational theories are examined in the context of the larger project of developing a democratic theory of education. A paper requiring serious independent research is required.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites:   
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: EDUC 417


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    EDUC 318 - High-Needs Schools


    An in-depth investigation and analysis of high-needs schools. Students learn about the “problems” facing such schools. The course also focuses on challenging views that are unduly pessimistic or do not fully represent the complexity of high-needs schools, communities, and their children. Students are involved in service-learning projects with high-needs schools to further their understanding. They engage in critical dialogue and evaluate the effects of educational reform and policy changes. A paper requiring serious independent research is required.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101  
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None
    Formerly: EDUC 418


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    EDUC 321 - Psychological Perspectives in Education


    Studies psychological theories and research on learning and teaching, and examines how these are applied and practiced within contemporary education processes and institutions. In particular, students examine topics such as learner differences and labels, learner identity, moral development, motivation, behavior, theories of intelligence and assessment. Students learn about the historical and contemporary practice of educational psychology as a scientific discipline, and examine its role in contemporary understandings of disability, race, gender, and sexuality. In addition to engaging with dominant theories and research on learning and teaching, students critically examine the role of psychological expertise in the classroom and within schooling, and looks to situate that expertise within broader social justice frameworks. This class satisfies 10–30 hours of the 100 required school-based fieldwork for students seeking teacher certification.

    Credits: 1.00
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101   or other psychology course.
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 332 - Disability, Difference, and Inclusion


    Who is normal? Who is a citizen? What is the meaning of adulthood? The purpose of this course is to understand and situate inclusive and positive learning relationships within broader sociological, philosophical, and cultural meanings and to enact critical practices of inclusion and belonging. Students will use the theoretical lenses and analytic tools developed by scholars of critical disability studies, feminist disability theory, and inclusive education to examine how assumptions and expectations of the able mind and body are built into how educational theorists, educators, and students think about the purposes and practices of education, especially in the context of higher education. In particular, students examine inclusive practice, civic friendship, supported decision-making, self-determination, and self-advocacy. The course requires that students complete a collaborative social action project, designed in partnership with students from Otsego Academy at Pathfinder Village.

    Credits: 1.00
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101   and permission of instructor
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 335 - Studies in Sound


    Sound is narrative, and it is with this assertion that the educational meanings and possibilities sound provide will be explored. Students will attend to the broader meanings of sound within and outside of the classroom. Overall, this course will contextualize sound in interdisciplinary relationships of, though not limited to, socio political, spatial, economic, philosophical, transnational, gendered, and queer discourses in order to rethink and expand the relationship of sound to education.

    Credits: 1
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101 or equivalent
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 339 - Feminist Disability Studies


    Students learn about (dis)ability as a gendered, racialized, and classed category of difference. Students discuss how dominant cultural, scientific, and educational understandings of the body/mind construct the boundaries of normalcy and determine the material conditions of our lives. Students look at how different aspects of a person’s identity – their ability, their gender, their race, their sexuality, their class – intersect to position them as citizens or non-citizens, members or threats to the future of the family and the nation. Students are introduced to the theoretical, analytical, and methodological tools of feminist disability studies, and the emerging field of DisCrit (Disability studies and Critical Race Theory). Using these theoretical and analytic tools, students look to the ways that activists, artists, and scholars have re-imagined the disabled body/mind as a complex identity.

    Credits: 1
    Crosslisted: WMST 339
    Prerequisites: EDUC 101 or WMST 202 None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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    EDUC 391 - Independent Study


    Opportunity for individual study in areas not covered by formal course offerings, under the guidance of a member of the faculty.

    Credits: variable
    Corequisite: None
    Prerequisites: None
    Major/Minor Restrictions: None
    Class Restriction: None
    Area of Inquiry: Social Relations,Inst.& Agents
    Liberal Arts CORE: None


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