Economics

Welcome to the Economics webpage. On this page you'll find the mission of the department, departmental student learning goals, a curricular map and assessment schedule, and progress made from the most recent Program Review Action Plan (2010-2011). If you have questions about the assessment findings or questions about the department, please contact Parker Wheatley, Economics Department Chair, at [email protected].

MISSION

The Department of Economics helps students understand economic behavior and how the economy creates wealth and contributes to well-being. Students can study international economies, economic development and growth, labor markets, industries and businesses, financial markets, monetary economics, public policy, environmental economics and other important topics.

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS

Goals of the Department

The CSB/SJU Economics Department has developed the following goals and objectives for student learning in the department:

Students of economics will be able to apply economic theory to understand economic issues and policies by:

  • Analyzing interactions between human values and economic life;
  • Demonstrating a knowledge of and ability to apply appropriate analytical tools; and
  • Recognizing the diversity of methodologies practiced in conducting economic analysis.

Students of economics will be able to evaluate evidence bearing on those economic issues and policies by:

  • Identifying, locating, and assessing the necessary quantitative and non-quantitative information, facts and arguments; and
  • Employing both quantitative reasoning and computing skills where appropriate.

Students of economics will be able to communicate effectively the results of their economic analysis through:

  • Clear writing, appropriately supported and documented;
  • Effective participation in discussion; and
  • For majors, polished oral presentations.

Social Science Goals and Objectives

The Social Sciences apply scientific methods to the study of human beings, social forces, and institutions.  Students learn a way of examining the world, practice careful analytic thinking, and develop deeper insights into their own experience.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of basic facts and theories of a social science discipline
  • Acquire knowledge that enables them to make responsible social, civic, and personal choices
  • Make critical social science arguments supported by evidence appropriate to an introductory level

CURRICULAR MAP and ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE

  Objective 1.1 Objective 1.2 Objective 1.2 Objective 2.1 Objective 2.2 Objective 3.1 Objective 3.2 Objective 3.3
ECON 111 TES TES TES          
ECON 314 TY TY   TY TY      
ECON 315 TP TP       TP TP  
ECON 316 TP TP TP TP   TP TP  
ECON 317 TP TP     TP TP    
ECON 318 TP TP     TP TP TP  
ECON 320   TP TP   TP TP   TP
ECON 323 TP TP     TP TP TP  
ECON 325 TP   TP     TP TP  
ECON 326 TP TP TP     TP TP  
ECON 327 TY TY TY     TY TY  
ECON 328 TP TP TP     TP TP  
ECON 329 TP (Depends) TP TP (Depends) TP (Depends) TP (Depends) TP (Depends) TP (Depends)  
ECON 332 TS TS TS   TS      
ECON 333 TS TS TS   TS      
ECON 334   TS   TS TS TS    
ECON 350   TY   TY TY TY    
ECON 353 TP TP   TP TP TP    
ECON 359 TP (Depends) TP TP (Depends) TP (Depends) TP (Depends) TP (Depends) TP (Depends) TP (Depends)
ECON 362 TP TP TP TP TP TP TP TP
ECON 363   TP   TP TP TP    
ECON 364   TP   TP TP TP    
ECON 373   TP   TP TP TP TP TP
ECON 374   TP     TP TP TP  
ECON 376   TP TP TP TP TP TP  
ECON 379 TP TP   TP TP TP TP  
ECON 384 SE SE SE SE SE TSE   TSE

Key Code
Taught T
Evidence Collected E
When Taught  
Each Semester S
Each Year Y
Periodically P
Goal 1 Students of economics will be able to apply economic theory
to understand economic issues and policies by:
Objective 1.1 Analyzing interactions between human values and economic life;
Objective 1.2 Demonstrating a knowledge of and ability to apply appropriate analytical tools; and
Objective 1.2 Recognizing the diversity of methodologies practiced in conducting economic analysis.
(Goal Under Revision!)
Goal 2 Students of economics will be able to evaluate evidence bearing
on those economic issues and policies by:
Objective 2.1 Identifying, locating, and assessing the necessary quantitative and
non-quantitative information, facts and arguments; and
Objective 2.2 Employing both quantitative reasoning and computing skills where appropriate.
Goal 3 Students of economics will be able to communicate effectively
the results of their economic analysis through:
Objective 3.1 Clear writing, appropriately supported and documented;
Objective 3.2 Effective participation in discussion; and
Objective 3.3 For majors, polished oral presentations.
ECON 329 and ECON 359 are topics and provisional courses with differing content.  
Note:  Evidence is collected on Objective 3.2 Periodically at both the
ECON 300-329 and ECON 350-379 ranges.  
  Goal 1.2 is under revision.  

Tier One

111 Introduction to Economics. (4)

202 Readings in Economics. (0-1)

271 Individual Learning Project. (1-4)

Tier Two

302 Readings in Economics. (0-1)

314 Economics of Financial Institutions and Markets. (4)

315 American Economic History. (4)

316 Asian Economies. (4)

317 International Economics. (4)

318 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics. (4)

320 Market Structures and Firm Strategy. (4)

323 Economics of the Public Sector. (4)

325 Political Economy of Gender and Race. (4)

326 History of Economic Thought. (4)

327 Economic Thought and Religious Values. (4)

328 Economics, Philosophy and Method. (4)

329 Topics in Economics. (4)

332 Microeconomic Theory. (4)

333 Macroeconomic Theory. (4)

334 Quantitative Methods in Economics. (4)

Tier Three

350 Introduction to Econometrics. (4)

353 Labor Economics and Policy Analysis. (4)

359 Advanced Topics in Economics. (4)

362 Economic Development. (4)

363 Economic Growth. (4)

364 Dynamic Macroeconomics. (4)

371 Individual Learning Project. (1-4)

373 International Theory and Policy Analysis. (4)

374 Monetary Theory and Policy Analysis. (4)

376 Industrial Organization and Public Policy. (4)

379 Welfare Economics and Public Policy Analysis. (4)

384 Advanced Research in Economics. (4)

397 Internship. (1-4)

398 Honors Senior Essay, Research or Creative Project. (4)