Course Offerings


Lower Division

104. Economics of Social Issues
Economic perspectives on social issues. Cannot be counted toward fulfillment of requirements in the economics major. (GE=D4) (4 units)
200. Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to the economic principles which govern production, exchange, the pricing of goods, services and resources and the distribution of incomes in competitive and noncompetitive markets. (4 units)
202. Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to the theory of national income determination with particular emphasis on employment and unemployment, price levels, monetary and fiscal policies, international economic issues and theories of economic growth. (4 units)
250. Statistics for Economists
Introduction to the statistical tools and data used by economists. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 110. (4 units)

Upper Division

300. Intermediate Macroeconomics
Analysis of the problems of measurement and determination of levels of national income, and investigation of macroeconomic policy issues including inflation and unemployment. Prerequisites: ECON 200, 202 and MATH 110, 120, 192, or 211. (4 units)
302. Intermediate Microeconomics
Detailed analysis of economic behavior of consumers and producers in competitive and noncompetitive markets, and of the criteria for achieving optimality in the allocation and use of resources. Prerequisites: ECON 200, 202 and MATH 110, 120, 192, or 211. (4 units)
311. Economics in the Elementary and Middle School
Introduces liberal studies students to economics in the California History/Social Science Standards. Students learn to integrate economic principles and theories with the other social sciences. May not be counted toward fulfillment of requirements in the economics major. (4 units)
322. Managerial Economics
Application of microeconomic theory and analysis to business and administrative problems. Prerequisites: ECON 200, 202, 335 and MATH 110, 120, 192, or 211. (4 units)
333. Political Economy of Women: Money, Sex, Race, and Power
Examination of women's economic status. History of women of various races in the U.S. political economy. Exploration of alternative policies. (4 units)
335. Tools of Economic Analysis
Using current software and basic economic models to investigate and analyze economic phenomena. Prerequisites: ECON 200, 202 and MATH 110, 120, 192, or 211. (4 units)
340. Advanced Tools of Economic Analysis
Advanced formulation, construction, and application of computer models using economics concepts and principles. Prerequisite: ECON 335 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
352. Political Economy of Poverty and Discrimination
An exploration of the causes of poverty and discrimination in the United States. Historical examination of the policies addressing poverty and discrimination. Analysis of alternative policies. (GE=G2) (4 units)
357. Political Economy of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgendered People
Examination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) households and individuals within the economy, including topics such as "gay consumer market," the division of labor within LGBT households, and discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Also offered as GSS 357. Students may not receive credit for both.) (4 units)
360. Economics of the Environment
Economic causes and implications of air and water pollution, urban congestion, natural resource depletion and population growth; examination of the economic impacts of alternative forms of environmental control and protection. (4 units)
372. Business Cycles
Application of macroeconomic theory, study of cyclical indicators, and use of software to examine the causes and origins of short-run fluctuations in aggregate economic activity. Prerequisites: ECON 200, 202, 335 and MATH 110, 120, 192, or 211. (4 units)
390. Selected Topics in Economics
Examination of selected topics of current interest in economics. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
410. Money and Banking
Demand for money, creation and manipulation of the money supply, and the role of banking and other financial institutions in the United States in determining the level of employment, prices and international payments equilibrium. (4 units)
421. Economic History of the United States
Economic history of the United States from the founding of the colonies to the present. (4 units)
430. International Economics
Theories of the causes and effects of trade between nations. Study of government policies which alter the pattern of trade between nations. Prerequisites: ECON 200 and 202. (4 units)
435. Multinational Corporations
Multinational corporations and the international economic environment in which they operate. Topics include the international monetary system, balance of payments, international capital movements, foreign direct investment, technology transfer, and conflicts between multinational corporations and host countries. (4 units)
443. Origins of Political Economy
Economic theories of Karl Marx and the intellectual, political, and economic context in which they developed. Formerly a topic under ECON 390. (4 units)
445. Political Economy
Post-1880s developments in political economy. Topics may include the class structure of modern capitalism, theories of the state, imperialism, monopoly capital, the labor process, and globalization. (4 units)
450. Global Economy
Examines factors that give rise to uneven economic growth and economic interdependence among nations. Investigates the organizations and rules of conduct of the global economy. Assesses the costs and benefits of globalization to nations. (4 units)
460. Labor Economics
Micro- and macroeconomic aspects of labor markets including the workings of labor markets in competitive and noncompetitive markets, structure and causes of unemployment, incomes policies, and selected institutional topics including the economics of U.S. labor movements. Prerequisite: ECON 200. (4 units)
475. Public Finance
Rationale for government actions in an economy which emphasizes private sector allocation; principles of taxation, theories of tax incidence, expenditure evaluation, government sources and uses of revenue, and government budgeting. Prerequisite: ECON 200 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
480. Quantitative Methods in Economics
Application of mathematical tools and concepts in formulating and solving economic problems. Prerequisites: ECON 200, 202, and MATH 110, 120, 192, or 211. (4 units)
490. Introduction to Econometrics
Various statistical methods of testing economic hypotheses. Prerequisites: ECON 200, 202; MATH 110, 120, 192, or 211; and ECON 250 or SCM 210, or equivalent. (4 units)
500. History of Economic Thought
Survey of the development of economic doctrines and analyses and concurrent intellectual and social history with emphasis on the ideas of landmark economists from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes. (4 units)
503. Economic Analysis
An intensive introduction to micro- and macroeconomic concepts for graduate students. Not open to students who have received credit for ECON 200 and 202. Prerequisite: graduate standing. (4 units)
510. Economics in the Classroom
Economics method of analysis as it applies to 7th through 12th grade California History/Social Science Standards. (4 units)
520. Social Economics
Study of the social, cultural, and political context of economic behavior. Primary focus on the work of Social Economists, Institutionalists, and Post Keynesians. (4 units)
530. The Good Economy
Standards used to judge an economy as good or bad including utilitarian, neoclassical welfare economics, Rawlsian, neo-Aristotelian, and/or postmodernist approaches. Formerly a topic under ECON 390. (4 units)
540. The Political Economy of Latin America
Study of the economic history and contemporary political economy of Latin America. Theories of imperialism and development, common policy prescriptions (import substitution and Neoliberalism), and popular political movements (e.g. Socialist, Sandinista, Bolivarian) will be integrated into an explanation of the region and selected countries. Formerly a topic under ECON 390. (4 units)
545. Economics of Water Resources
Economics of water resources and related policies, with special emphasis on California where water is a scarce resource. Topics include: water supply and economic growth; urban demand for water; watermarkets; and water benefit cost analysis. Prerequisites: ECON 200 and 503, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
571. Economics of Sports
Investigation of professional and amateur sports using economic analysis, including topics such as the impact of media, player-management relations and unionization, the determination of player salaries, and public financing of new arenas and stadiums. Formerly a topic under ECON 390. (4 units)
573. Economics of Crime
Economic analysis of criminal behavior, the criminal legal system, and government anti-crime policies, including topics such as the economic costs and benefits of sentencing policies, capital punishment, drug enforcement laws, and the criminal justice system budgets. Formerly a topic under ECON 390. (4 units)
575. Internship in Economics
Supervised work in public or private organizations emphasizing practical applications of economic concepts and relationships. May be repeated once for credit. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (4 units)
590. Seminar in Economics
Intensive study of some phase of economics. May be repeated for credit as subject matter changes and with consent of instructor. (4 units)
595. Independent Study
Investigation of special topics not covered by the department's curricular offerings. A total of eight units in ECON 595 may be applied toward the major and graduation. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (1-4 units)
597. Senior Honors Project
Original research in an area of economics, culminating in a major report receiving approval of the economics faculty. Enrollment limited to students whose formal application for admission to the course has been approved by the department chair. (4 units)

Graduate level courses can be found on Page 422 of the 2012-2014 Bulletin of Courses.

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