Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College


2012-2014 Catalog


Faculty and Instructional Staff

Diek Carlson, Senior Lecturer
Jerry Hembd, Associate Professor
Shawn Osell, Senior Lecturer
Zamira Simkins, Assistant Professor

Economics Program (non-comprehensive)

The Economics major works toward developing effective decision makers and leaders in both the private and public sectors through a strong practical business education as well as a comprehensive liberal arts education.

The Economics major is designed to engage students in critical thinking so they can analyze problems, implement strategies, and contribute to the success of a business organization.

While pursuing the Economics major, students study under highly qualified faculty members who have expertise in their specialized fields.

The Economics major instills excellence, builds confidence, and develops strong leadership skills that graduates can use throughout their careers.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Economics program is committed to the UW-Superior Campus assessment plan. Economics student learning outcomes and assessment metrics are developed through a collaborative continuous improvement process that integrates input from the campus and business communities. Our program's student learning outcomes are found at the Office of Assessment website at http://www.uwsuper.edu/assessment/uws-slo/by-programs.cfm

Admission Requirements

To enroll in 300/400 business courses, students must be admitted to the Department of Business and Economics.

To be admitted to the DBE, economics majors must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.3 or higher. This requirement applies to all students, including transfer students. Coursework at previously attended colleges or universities will be included in GPA computations.
  2. Complete the following courses with a GPA of at least 2.0 and no grade lower than C - : BUS 270; ECON 250, and ECON 251. Students from outside the department who have completed ECON 235 can enroll in all 300/400 level economics courses without being admitted to the DBE. However, if a student who has taken ECON 235 subsequently declares economics as his or her major, then he or she can count the ECON 235 course as general elective credits, but will have to complete the ECON 250 and ECON 251 sequence, along with BUS 270, in order to meet all requirements for admission to the DBE. This is to ensure that all economics majors will have completed the same course requirements for their upper-level training. Students lacking experience with spreadsheet, database, and internet software applications are strongly encouraged to take ITS 108-Business Computer Applications.
  3. Complete the following: MATH 151 or MATH 240
  4. WRIT 101; 102; COMM 110; and all but 12 credits of the remaining University General Education requirements. Students with majors offered by the Department of Business and Economics may not enroll in any of the courses listed above on a Pass-Fail basis.

Economics Major Requirements (non-comprehensive)

33 total credits

Required Core courses (12 credits required):

MATH 151 Calculus OR MATH 240 -- 3 credits
BUS 270 Business Statistics -- 3 credits
ECON 250 Principles of Microeconomics -- 3 credits
ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics -- 3 credits

Major required courses (9 credits required):

ECON 350 Intermediate Microeconomics -- 3 credits
ECON 351 Intermediate Macroeconomics -- 3 credits
ECON 470 Applied Economic Analysis (Capstone) -- 3 credits

Global Awareness required course (3 credits required):

ECON 430 International Economics -- 3 credits
ECON 435 Development Economics -- 3 credits

Economics Elective courses (9 credits required):

ECON 301 Study Abroad -- 0-6 credits
ECON 330 Money and Banking -- 3 credits
ECON 333
ECON 335
Transportation Economics -- 3 credits
Economics of Sustainability -- 3 credits
ECON 362 Public Finance -- 3 credits
ECON 430
ECON 435
International Economics* -- 3 credits
Development Economics* -- 3 credits
ECON 438 Comparative Economic Systems -- 3 credits
ECON 481 Seminar in Economic Issues -- 3 credits

* Course can only be used to satisfy one requirement in the major.

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