William Smith, Ph.D., Chair
Room 400, FCBE Administration Building

Students must have earned a minimum of 45 credit hours and have met specific course prerequisites with a minimum grade of “C” to be eligible for all 3000 and 4000 level courses. In addition to these requirements, students seeking a degree in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics must have (1) completed all required lower division business courses with a minimum grade of “C” in each; (2) minimum of 2.25 GPA (2.5 for accounting majors) in all required lower division business courses and MATH 1830, 1421, or 1910, and (3) 45 hours of course work including MATH 1830, 1421, or 1910, COMM 2381 and 9 hours of English (See B.B.A. Degree Requirements-General Requirements).

A surcharge of $35 per credit hour for 3000 and 4000 level courses and $35 per credit hours for 6000-9000 level courses has been approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The purpose of the surcharge on these business courses is to guarantee the continuous improvement of the college and compliance with the standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International).

In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics courses:

ECON 3020-29. Special Topics in Economics. (3). Current economic issues and problems in the United States; emphasis on application of tools and analytical methods. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2010, 2020.

ECON 4760-69. Special Topics in Economics. (1-3). Topics are varied and in online class listings. May be repeated with a change in topic. PREREQUISITE: permission of department chair.


ECON 2010 - Intro to Macroeconomics (3)
(2110). Nature and functions of the national economy in a global context. Includes consumption and investment behavior, national income and product determination, fiscal and monetary policy, and international trade. [G]

ECON 2020 - Intro to Microeconomics (3)
(2120). Operation of the market economy at the individual and firm level; supply and demand analysis, consumer behavior, behavior of firms in both competitive and monopoly environments, income distribution theory, and effects of government intervention in the market economy. [G]

ECON 2900 - Experiential Learning Credit (1-9)
A systematic process for evaluating and credentialing learning gained in a variety of contexts. Lower-division credit determined by faculty assessor(s). Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of the university?s portfolio development course ELC 3900.

ECON 3123 - Sports Economics (3)
Tools and concepts of microeconomics to the sport world; individual, team and league behavior with the context of economic theory; player salaries, profit maximization, stadium financing, college athletics. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2010.

ECON 3210 - Labor Economics (3)
Introduction to institutional aspects of American labor force and its organization wage and employment theory, economic role of collective bargaining, and basic ingredients of public policy toward labor organization. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2020.

ECON 3310 - Microeconomic Theory (3)
Intermediate approach to price theory; stress on market mechanism as device for resource allocation; attention to uses of basic microeconomic concepts in analysis of economic problems and in formulation of policy. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2020.

ECON 3320 - Macroeconomic Theory (3)
Intermediate approach to social income accounting and to functional relationships between important aggregate economic variables as well as to forecasting and social policy implications. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2010.

ECON 3610 - Money and Banking (3)
Monetary and banking history of leading countries with special emphasis on theory of money and banking in United States, deposit and earnings operations of individual banks, interbank and central bank relations. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2010.

ECON 3900 - Experiential Learning Credit (1-9)
A systematic process for evaluating and credentialing learning gained in a variety of contexts. Upper-division credit determined by faculty assessor(s). Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of the university?s portfolio development course ELC 3900.

ECON 4112 - Organizational Econ (3)
Analysis of markets and organizations, competitive advantage, production and cost, consumer and market demand, strategic management decision-making, decision rights, incentives and rewards, and structure of performance systems. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2020.

ECON 4120 - Economic Forecasting (3)
Current economic thinking on problems of recession and inflation as background to economic forecasting; methodologies of forecasting analyzed with examples of each. PREREQUISITE: SCMS 3711, or equivalent.

ECON 4210 - Public Economics (3)
Govenment taxation and spending programs and effect on markets; production and provision of public goods; externalities, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security; behavior in output and input markets; theory of optimal taxation. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2020 with a grade of "C" or better.

ECON 4220 - Urban Economics (3)
Examines issues relevant to cities, including the reasons why cities exist, how economic activity is organized within cities; transportation, poverty, crime, development, public finance. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2020.

ECON 4230 - Ecological Economics (3)
Examines the market system of resource allocation in the larger context of the natural world and ecological system. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2020.

ECON 4240 - Economics of Vice (3)
Applications of economic theory and analysis of topics such as crime, dating, sex, drugs, addiction, and music; evaluation of current and potential policies related to these issues. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2020.

ECON 4250 - Econ Poverty/Discrimination (3)
Measurement, causes, and consequencies of poverty; various policy solutions to poverty; examination of numerous forms of discrimination and how they affect market outcomes. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2020.

ECON 4340 - Comparative Economic Systems (3)
Factors contributing to differential performance of economic systems, including property rights, information flow, incentive structure, management-labor relations, government policies on technology and competitiveness; emerging trends of system convergence and corporate globalization. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2020.

ECON 4350 - International Econ (3)
Historical approach to theory of international trade; consideration given to Classical, Neo-Classical and Modern approach to trade theory with emphasis on policy implications of the analysis. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2020 or equivalent.

ECON 4351 - Intrntl Monetary Theory/Pol (3)
Open economy macroeconomics; examination of payments among nations, foreign exchange markets, determinants of exchange rate policies; national income and foreign exchange, internal and external balance and international factor movements. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2010.

ECON 4512 - Behavioral Economics (3)
Reconciling the standard economic models with key psychological observations in order to predict and understand phenomena such as loss aversion, trust, reciprocity, present bias, procrastination and self-control. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2010, or permission of instructor.

ECON 4550 - Game Theory/Strategic Analysis (3)
Study of strategic behavior when parties have opposed, mixed, or similar interest; sequential and simultaneous move games, pure mixed strategies, various equilibrium concepts, and repeated games. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2020.

ECON 4560 - Contemporary Issues in Econ (3)
Topics relevant to modern economics from an interdisciplinary perspective; exploration of the role of psychology, sociology, and political science in economic theory and policy. Students will be introduced to behavioral economics, behavioral finance, bounded rationality, satisficing, and decision making under uncertainty. PREREQUISITE: ECON 2010 and ECON 2020.

ECON 4561 - Economics of Financial Crisis (3)
Causes that precipitated the financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing Great Recession; historical precedent for the crisis.

ECON 4740 - Health Care Economics (3)
Unique nature of health care as economic good, health care market and its participants including patients, physicians, and hospitals, and financing and delivery of personal health care in United States and other countries.

ECON 4760 - Economic Growth/Inequality (3)
Sources of growth and inequality, both across and within countries; joint evolution of economic prosperity and inequality as economies develop; special emphasis to the roles of physical and human capital, technological progress, institutions.

ECON 4810 - Quant Economics Analysis (3)
Introduction to application of mathematical tools in business and economics; review of matrix algebra, differential and integral calculus; optimization with and without constraints; comparative statistics.

ECON 4820 - Econometrics (3)
Introduction to statistical procedures used to estimate and test quantitative economic theories, using microcomputer software for regression analysis. PREREQUISITE: SCMS 2710 or MATH 1530 or equivalent as approved by instructor.

ECON 4910 - Independent Study in Economics (1-3)
Students investigate issues surrounding selected economic problems and develop reports of that investigation. May be repeated to maximum of 3 hours credit. PREREQUISITE: upper division standing and approval of department chair.

ECON 4911 - Internship in Economics (1-6)
Internship in business organization to gain on-the-job experience. Project to be approved and supervised by departmental faculty. Credit allowed only after acceptance of report. PREREQUISITE: 2.75 overall GPA and completed 15 hours in Upper Division core. PREREQUISITE: Junior or Senior standing, 2.75 overall GPA or a minimum 3.0 GPA based on upper division business courses completed; completed a minimum of two major courses; and completed 15 hours in the Upper Division core.

ECON 4996 - Honors Thesis in Economics (3)
Independent research open only to students enrolled in Economics Honors Program. Honors thesis supervised by three-faculty committee selected by student and approved by Economics Honors Committee. PREREQUISITE: permission of Economics Honors Committee.