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Economics & Business

Courses

A list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

Accounting

  • 36-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 36-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 36-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 36-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 36-114 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACCOUNTING
    An introduction to financial and managerial accounting concepts and techniques. The course will emphasize the development of the accounting model, analysis of financial statements and the use of accounting information. No previous knowledge of accounting is assumed. (ScS)
  • 36-204 INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING I
    An in-depth study of financial accounting principles, standards and techniques. Covers financial statements, cash, receivables, inventory, plant assets, intangible assets and investments. Special attention is paid to underlying accounting theory. Prerequisite: Accounting 36-114. (Fall)
  • 36-214 INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING II
    A continuation of the study of financial accounting, emphasizing coverage of specific accounting issues, including leases, pensions, corporate owners equity, the statement of cash flows, accounting for income taxes and earnings per share. Prerequisite: Accounting 36-204. (Spring)
  • 36-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 36-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 36-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 36-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 36-314 COST ACCOUNTING
    An in-depth study of the concepts and techniques of cost accounting and managerial accounting, including job order costing, process costing, variable costing, standard costs and variances, and management uses of accounting information for decision-making purposes. Prerequisite: Accounting 36-114. (Spring)
  • 36-324 TAXATION
    Study of the taxation of income of individual taxpayers: includability or excludability of various types of income, deductibility of costs and expenses, capital gains and losses, and preparation of returns. Prerequisite: Accounting 36-114.
  • 36-334 GOVERNMENTAL AND NONPROFIT ACCOUNTING
    Study of accounting techniques and requirements peculiar to governmental and private, not-for-profit concerns. Prerequisite: Accounting 36-114.
  • 36-524 AUDITING
    Study of auditing concepts, standards, objectives and procedures. Includes internal control evaluation, audit reports, evidence, statistical sampling, professional responsibilities and generally accepted auditing standards. Prerequisite: Accounting 36-214 and senior standing. (WA)
  • 36-534 ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
    Study of the accounting for partnerships, foreign currency issues, business combinations and consolidated financial statements. Prerequisite: Accounting 36-214.
  • 36-594 FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS
    Application of accounting information to financial decision making. Students learn to assess the financial strengths and weaknesses of corporations; to measure operating and financial performance using financial statements and cash flows; and to construct pro forma financial statements and forecasts of sales and earnings. Other topics may include analyzing business strategies; analyzing mergers and acquisitions; estimating a firms cost of capital and valuing financial assets. Also Business 30-594. Prerequisites: Business 30-214, and Business 30-474 or Economics 31-474.
  • 36-901 TUTORIAL
  • 36-902 TUTORIAL
  • 36-903 TUTORIAL
  • 36-904 TUTORIAL
  • 36-924 ADVANCED AUDITING
    A continuation of the topics introduced in Accounting 36-524. This course includes a study of specific areas relevant to the practice of professional auditing, including fraud, forensic accounting and internal auditing. Emphasis is placed on relevant professional standards. Prerequisites: Accounting 36-524 and permission of instructor.
  • 36-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. May be repeated once with departmental approval.
  • 36-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. May be repeated once with departmental approval.
  • 36-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. May be repeated once with departmental approval.
  • 36-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. May be repeated once with departmental approval.
  • 36-946 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. May be repeated once with departmental approval.
  • 36-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
  • 36-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
  • 36-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
  • 36-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
  • 36-982 HONORS
    By invitation only. Must be repeated once to earn Honors designation.
  • 36-994 ACCOUNTING THEORY
    Study of current issues that involve both accounting theory and accounting practice. May be repeated when topics vary. Counts as Accounting capstone. Includes completion of Field Test. Prerequisites: Accounting 36-214, senior standing and permission of instructor. (WA)

Business

  • 30-000 BUSINESS FIELD TEST
  • 30-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 30-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 30-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 30-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 30-201 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-202 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-203 SELECTED TOPICS
  • 30-204 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-214 FOUNDATIONS OF BUSINESS
    A study that integrates traditional macro issues in management, marketing and operations, including production systems, organization structure and design, market segmentation, pricing promotion, consumer behavior, group effectiveness and strategy. Strategic thinking approaches provide integrating frameworks. Prerequisites: Accounting 36-114, Economics 31-104, and Mathematics 52-114,. Sophomore standing required. Mathematics 52-154 is recommended.
  • 30-254 BUSINESS LAW
    The role of law in society; introduction to legal reasoning, the judicial process and other areas of law. The study of contracts, agency and partnerships. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. (ScS)
  • 30-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-314 BUSINESS RESEARCH AND WRITING
    Research strategies and information literacy for building depth of knowledge in particular contemporary business topics and concepts. Critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills employed to synthesize information, extrapolate reasoned conclusions from existing data and build understanding of relationships among concepts. Advances written and oral communication skills. Content varies by semester. Prerequisite: Business 30-214, and Business 30-474 or Economics 474. Junior standing or instructor permission. This course is restricted to Business majors. (WA) (ScS)
  • 30-354 SOCIOLOGY OF WORK
    Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124. See Sociology 34-254.
  • 30-364 DEMOGRAPHY (WORLD POPULATION GEOGRAPHY)
    See Sociology 34-354, Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-394, and Environmental Studies 49-354. (ScS) (IP)
  • 30-394 CONSUMER BEHAVIOR
    Understanding the buying processes of individuals and groups. Focuses on the demographic and psychographic characteristics of individual consumers, the social influences that affect their behavior, and how marketers attempt to persuade buyers. Prerequisite: Business 30-214. (ScS)
  • 30-414 OPERATIONS RESEARCH
    Formulation and solution of problems with management, economics, engineering and science applications using modeling, optimization techniques, and simulation. Topics include linear and integer programming, simplex method, duality, sensitivity analysis, branch and bound algorithm, transportation and assignment problems, network optimization, and problem solving using optimization software. Also Mathematics 52-414 and Computer Science 54-414. Prerequisites: Mathematics 52-154 and either Business 30-474 or Mathematics 52-674, or permission of the instructor.
  • 30-440 FINANCE LAB
  • 30-474 FINANCE
    Analysis and application of the principles of managerial finance, especially the valuation of financial assets, capital budgeting and financial planning. Proficiency is gained in the application of calculators and computer spread sheets to financial analysis. Also Economics 31-474. Prerequisites: Accounting 36-114, Economics 31-104, Mathematics 52-114, Mathematics 52-154 and 42 credits. (Spring) (ScS)
  • 30-514 BUSINESS ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILIT
    This course seeks to develop students as virtuous business leaders in society by challenging norms, evaluating assumptions and systematically crystallizing personal moral imperatives. The course fosters ethical reasoning and distinguishes between legal and social obligation. Topics include integrity, objectivity, independence and other core values. Advanced critical thinking and self-reflection capabilities are necessary for success. Prerequisite: Business 30-214and junior standing or any upper-level Business, Economics or Accounting course. (ScS)
  • 30-534 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN BUSINESS
    Study of a recent business history is used to illustrate detailed, concrete issues facing businesses. The evolution of management thought is reviewed, especially theories related to experiences described in the business history. Students conduct literature reviews and investigate businesses to determine the applicability of theories to the real world. Prerequisite: Business 30-214, Business 30-474 or Economics 31-474, and Mathematics 52-154, and junior standing or any upper-level Business, Economics or Accounting course.
  • 30-544 LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS: ADVANCED
    This course reviews and critiques the main areas of leadership theory, reflecting results from more than 5,000 published scholarly studies. Students gain further understanding by applying theories to case studies, and develop the ability to recognize and evaluate leadership literature, issues and situations. Heavy emphasis on preparation prior to class and in-class discussion. Prerequisite: Business majors - Business 30-214. Other majors - advanced standing in major or permission of instructor. (ScS)
  • 30-554 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
    A study of the process of management focused on the behavioral approach to management of modern business organizations with emphasis on individual, group, intergroup and total organizational behavior. Communication, leadership styles, perceptual differences and motivation in organizations are stressed. Prerequisite: Business 30-214, and Business 30-474 or Economics 31-474, and Mathematics 52-154.
  • 30-564 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
    This course integrates core business concepts and applies them to organization decision making, focusing on top management perspectives. Theories and case analyses integrate functional, business and corporate level strategies. Computer-simulated businesses demonstrate the dynamic nature of strategic management. Prerequisite: Business 30-214, and Business 30-474 or Economics 31-474, and Mathematics 52-154.
  • 30-574 INVESTMENTS
    Principles of portfolio management and institutional investment analysis; various theories of the securities markets and their relation to the economy; the relation between investment theory and corporate investment; relation of investment to corporate capital structure; and the role of investment banking in the financial system. Prerequisites: Business 30-214, and Business 30-474 or Economics 31-474 and Mathematics 52-154, or permission of instructor.
  • 30-584 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
    This course develops a conceptual framework for making business decisions in a globally competitive company. This framework requires an understanding of an environment that has different cultures and values, multiple foreign currencies, alternative capital markets, and country and political risks. The first part of the course focuses on the multinational firm's operating environment, which is composed of country factors (political and economic systems and socio-cultural factors), and global trade, financial and investment markets. The second part of the course focuses on the individual firm's global strategy and functional operations, such as management, marketing and human resource management. Prerequisite: Business 30-214 or permission of instructor. (ScS)
  • 30-594 FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS
    Prerequisites: Business 30-214, and Business 30-474 or Economics 31-474 and Mathematics 52-154. See Accounting 36-594.
  • 30-901 TUTORIAL
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-902 TUTORIAL
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-903 TUTORIAL
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-904 TUTORIAL
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 30-964 CAPSTONE IN BUSINESS
    Topics may vary from year to year. Students integrate and apply core concepts from multiple disciplines of business, incorporate societal context of business, consider a business issue from systemic perspectives, explore interactive effect of multiple variables, analyze and synthesize complex ideas and distill implications, present logic orally and in writing, and conduct a cumulative self-assessment. Includes completion of Field Test and may include a mandatory field trip. Prerequisites: Business 30-314 and Business 30-474 or Economics 31-474. Senior standing or permission of instructor.
  • 30-982 HONORS
    By invitation only. Must be repeated once to earn Honors designation.
  • 30-994 CAPSTONE IN BUSINESS

Economics

  • 31-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 31-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 31-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 31-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 31-100 ECO31-104 LAB
  • 31-104 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS
    A study of the general characteristics of economic systems, including unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and monetary and fiscal policy. The principles and problems related to the determination of prices, the economics of the firm and the distribution of income are also studied. (ScS)
  • 31-214 MONEY, BANKING AND FINANCIAL MARKETS
    Nature and structure of financial markets, monetary theory and policy, the regulation of financial institutions and international finance. Prerequisite: Economics 31-104.
  • 31-224 INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMIC THEORY
    Intermediate economic theory relating to the analysis of price and value, production, distribution of income and economic welfare. Prerequisites: Economics 31-104 and Mathematics 52-154, or permission of instructor.
  • 31-234 INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMIC THEORY
    Intermediate economic theory relating to the analysis of employment, inflation, economic growth and the balance of payments. Prerequisite: Economics 31-104.
  • 31-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-314 ECONOMETRICS
    Quantitative and qualitative research methods for economic problems. Research design, data collection and statistical analysis of cross-sectional and time series data are covered. A major research paper and a weekly computer lab are required. Prerequisites: Economics 31-224, 31-234 and Mathematics 52-114, or permission of instructor. (Fall) (WA)
  • 31-324 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
    Economic theories and policies regarding protecting or restoring the environment and conserving natural resources. Also Environmental Studies 49-324. Prerequisite: Economics 31-104.
  • 31-434 PUBLIC ECONOMICS
    Deals with the justification for government activities, the design of programs consistent with these justifications, and the effects of major existing and proposed expenditure programs and taxes. Prerequisites: Economics 31-104 and Mathematics 52-114. Economics 31-224 is recommended.
  • 31-440 FINANCE LAB
  • 31-474 FINANCE
    Prerequisites: Accounting 36-114, Economics 31-104, Mathematics 52-114, Mathematics 52-154 and 42 credits. See Business 30-474. (Spring) (ScS)
  • 31-534 ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
    Topics in or a survey of economic development in the United States. Prerequisite: Economics 31-104 or permission of instructor.
  • 31-564 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
    The theory of comparative advantage, analysis of commercial policy and principles of international finance. Prerequisite: Economics 31-104.
  • 31-624 MODERN ECONOMIC THOUGHT
    Critical examination of alternative strands of economic thought. Prerequisites: Economics 31-104 and junior standing.
  • 31-901 TUTORIAL
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-902 TUTORIAL
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-903 TUTORIAL
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-904 TUTORIAL
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F. Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
    Four credits will count as one upper-level course, and a maximum of four credits may be applied toward the major.
  • 31-964 CAPSTONE IN ECONOMICS
    Topics vary from year to year, but generally will involve group and/or individual research projects. Prerequisite: Senior standing and Economics 31-224, 31-234, 31-314; or permission of instructor. (WA)
  • 31-982 HONORS
    By invitation only. Must be repeated once to earn Honors designation.
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