College of Business Administration

Department Chair: Michael Haupert

Room 413 Wimberly Hall, 608-785-8099


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Professors: Clark, Hampton, Haupert, Khandker, Nyatepe-Coo, Sherony;  Associate Professors: Anderson, Knowles; Assistant Professors: Brooks, Giddings, Langelett.



Credit by examination: The Economics Department awards advance placement and/or credit by examination in Economics 110 and 120. Each examination will consist of multiple choice items. Information about examinations is available through the department chair’s office. Major and/or minor requirements differ for students in the College of Liberal Studies, the College of Science and Allied Health, the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Teacher Education from those in the College of Business Administration. See separate listings below.


Honors Program in Economics

I.              Admission

                A.    Junior Standing

                B.   12 credits in the major*

                C.   Filing a statement of intent with the department chair

                D.   3.25 cumulative grade point average in the major

                E.   Recommendation by two faculty members in the major

II.            Program

                A.   Completion of the regular major program

                B.   ECO 474: Economics Forum (Honors Seminar) — 3 credits

                C.   ECO 499: Independent Study (Honors Paper) — 1 credit

III.           Evaluation

                A.   A cumulative 3.50 grade point average in the major at graduation

                B.   Distinguished performance on a paper or project developed in ECO 499

C.        Presentation of the paper or project to a colloquium of faculty and other

       honors students.



Economics Major

(College of Business Administration) —

21 credits in courses numbered 300 or above including ECO 305 and 308 and 15 credits of electives. Of the elective credits, three may be from any course in the College of Business Administration. The remainder must be course work offered by the Economics Department. (Courses taken to satisfy the major must be in addition to any courses taken to meet the College of Business Administration core requirements.)


Economics Major

(Liberal Studies, Science and Allied Health, and Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Teacher Education, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 33 credits, including ECO 110, 120, 305, 308, a research methods course from BUS 230, ECO 307, MTH 305, POL 361, PSY 420, or SOC 350 (MTH 205 is required) and 18 credits of electives. At least 12 credits of these electives must be taken in economics courses. Up to six credits of electives may be taken from MTH 207, 208, 309, 341; POL 211, 313, 330, 353; and any course numbered 200 or greater offered by a department in the College of Business Administration. College of Business Administration students may also select this as a second major by meeting the above requirements.


Economics Minor

(All colleges) — 18 credits, including ECO 110, 120, and 12 credits of electives in courses numbered 300 or above in economics. Education students are also required to take GEO 200, EFN 200 and C-I 381 in addition to the credits for the minor.


Social Studies Major

(Middle/Secondary Education) —

See description of this major on p. 74.




+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.



ECO       110                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Microeconomics and Public Policy

 Introduction to microeconomic principles and their application to decision making by individuals, businesses, and government. General topics include: supply and demand, market structures, product and factor markets, labor unions, government regulation, income distribution, and economic analysis of current social issues.



ECO       120                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Global Macroeconomics

Introduction to the functioning of the world economy. Applications of economic principles to domestic and international problems with an introduction to economic systems, economic thought, and economic history around the world. General topics include: the economics of international trade and exchange rates, global macroeconomics, international monetary systems, and economic development.



ECO       202                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Contemporary Global Issues

This course will offer a contemporary multi-disciplinary perspective regarding the major issues and trends confronting the global society as it enters the 21st century. Emphasis will be given to a critical review and assessment of the origin and present condition of the plethora of situations and problems affecting modern global society. The student will also learn to critically evaluate current and future events. The course will incorporate the views and approaches of the following disciplines: sociology/anthropology, economics, geography, political science and history. (Cross-listed with ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/ SOC/HIS 202; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered occasionally.


BUS        230                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Business and Economics Research and Communication

The study of the scientific method as used in business and economics research, beginning with the identification of the problem and culminating in the final report. Analysis of the reliability and validity of data, effectiveness of presentation, and a critical study of the validity of conclusions. Prerequisites: completion of the College of Business Administration English requirements, C-S 101 and MTH 205.


BUS        240                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to International Business

The course serves as an introduction to the field of international business and relates it to both the functional areas of business and to the basic disciplines which define the international environment. Within this frame of reference, the course focuses on the problems and opportunities which arise when firms conduct business abroad. Offered



ECO       300                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Economic Issues in Public Policy

A discussion of current economic issues incorporating an introduction to the essential concepts for critical economic thinking. Issues are chosen to help the student develop a general understanding of the economic choices confronting a democratic society. Prerequisite: ECO 110 or 120. Offered occasionally.


ECO       301                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Money and Banking

An introduction to money, monetary policy, and banking, and their roles in the modern market economy. Attention is devoted to the current institutional structure in the U.S. and differing views on the relationship between money and the level of economic activity. Prerequisites: ECO 110, 120.


ECO       303                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Industrial Organization

Changing structure of the American economy; price policy in different industrial classifications of monopoly and competition in relation to problems of public policy. Prerequisite: ECO 110.


ECO       305                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis

Introduction to the theoretical analysis of the aggregate economy. Topics include the essential mathematics of macro analysis; national income accounting; general equilibrium of the product, money and labor markets; Keynesian vs. Classical and Keynesian vs. Monetarist theory; stabilization policies; and economic growth. Prerequisites: ECO 110, 120.


ECO       306                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

History of Economic Thought

The evolutionary development of economic thought from the Medieval Period to the present day, including origins and development of classical economics, the critics of classicism, subjectivism, the Historical School, neo-classical economics, institutionalism, imperfect competition theories, and Keynesian economics. Prerequisites: ECO 110, 120.


ECO       307                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Econometrics, Forecasting, and Time Series

An introduction to regression analysis and its application to economic and business research. Topics include using secondary data sources, simple and multiple regression, forecasting, time series analysis, and interpretation and communication of results. The course develops various empirical techniques and culminates with a final research report. Prerequisites: completion of the General Education English requirements, C-S 101 and MTH 205.


ECO       308                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis

Behavior of consumers, producers and markets. Topics include: theories of demand, production and cost, firm decisions, market structures, distribution, general equilibrium, welfare and externalities. Prerequisites: ECO 110, 120.


ECO       310                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Managerial Economics

Application of economic principles to management problem formulation, problem solving and decision making. Topics include: decisions under risk and uncertainty, review of optimizing techniques, demand, production and cost analysis, issues and problems in pricing and capital budgeting. Prerequisites: ECO 110 and BUS 230.


ECO       311                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Comparative Economic Systems

Theoretical and institutional characteristics of capitalism and socialism with emphasis on prevailing economic systems in the U.S., the former Soviet Union, China, and England. Prerequisites: ECO 110, 120.


ECO       312                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

American Economic Development

American economic growth in historical perspective from the point of view of the economist. Emphasis will be placed on the use of elementary economic theory as a tool to select and order relevant facts. Prerequisites: ECO 110, 120.


ECO       320                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Economics of Sports and Entertainment

The students will employ economic theory to analyze professional sports, the movie industry, and the television industry. In particular, this class will look at the evolution of the motion picture industry, the effect of television on the marketing, industry make-up, and labor conditions of the professional sports and movie industries, the changes invoked by the growth of cable television, and the effects of technology on the television industry. Prerequisite: ECO 110 or 120.


ECO       321                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Modern Political Economy

An introduction to conservative, liberal, and radical perspectives on the economic process. Topics include the role of government in the economy, the nature of work, business cycles, the environment, and racism and sexism. Prerequisites: ECO 110, 120.


ECO       330                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Labor Economics

Theories of wage determination; economic effects of wage determination upon the structure of wages, the distribution of national income, employment, and the price level. Prerequisites: ECO 110, 120.



ECO       336                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Women in the U.S. Economy

An introduction to the status of women in the U.S. economy. Topics include alternative perspectives on women, work and the labor force, the value of paid versus unpaid labor, pay equity, the social support network, and the prospects for change.


ECO       340                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to International Economics

Overview and introduction to international economics and the theory of international trade and the effects of trade and trade policy on the economy. Foreign exchange markets, the balance of payments and basic policy adjustments are also introduced. Prerequisite: ECO 120.


ECO       346                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Environmental and Resource Economics

Aspects of the scarcity of renewable and non-renewable natural resources and the management problems associated with their allocation and use are presented. The theoretical foundations for those tools of economic analysis applicable to the analysis of natural resource problems are developed with historical, real-world examples discussed. Attention is concentrated on the policy implications of alternative resource development strategies. Prerequisite: ECO 110.


ECO       375                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Economic Development

Analysis of the broad problems and constraints limiting economic development in the “Third World.” Alternative approaches to development will be considered. Different cultural, material, and human resources present in individual countries will be assessed. Prerequisites: ECO 110, 120.


ECO       400/500                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Monetary Theory and Policy

This course is concerned with the theory and practice of monetary policy in the modern market economy, with particular reference to the U.S. economy and institutional framework. Topics covered include: the ability of the central bank to regulate the supply of money and credit conditions; factors affecting the demand for money; and the relationship between changes in the money supply and interest rates and the impact of changes in each of these on other economic variables. Prerequisites: ECO 301. Offered occasionally.


BUS        400                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Foreign Study Tour

This course and accompanying tour will give students an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of a foreign city and/or region. The class will prepare students for international travel in general, and for the experience of visiting selected cities/areas. The specific cities/areas to be visited may vary by semester and by professor. Students are encouraged to meet with prospective professors/leaders early so that the students’ interests will best be served. To be taken concurrently with INS 226. Prerequisites: FIN 355, MKT 309, permission of instructor. Notes: 1) class is open only to those students `participating in the class tour which will generally be for two weeks and commence at the end of the regular semester; 2) students who enroll in the class/tour will be asked to make a non-refundable deposit prior to the beginning of the semester.


ECO       402/502                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Public Sector Economics

Theory and policy of revenues and expenditures in the public sector. Public sector issues are analyzed using public choice theory and cost-benefit analysis. Expenditure programs and taxation are considered at the national, state, and local government levels. Prerequisite: ECO 110.


ECO       409/509                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Econometric Methods

Development of statistical techniques used in empirical economics analysis. Emphasis will be placed on the theory and application of the linear regression model. Prerequisites: ECO 307 or MTH 305 and one economics course at 300 level or above.


ECO       435                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Law and Economics

Economic analysis of the origins and impacts of legal rules and of the process of legal decision  making. Focus is on the implications of alternative legal structures for the efficient use of society’s scarce resources, and on the ways in which economic incentives shape the evolution of those structures and the laws they embody. Topics include: public choice, pollution, insurance and liability, and deregulation. Prerequisite: ECO 110. Offered occasionally.


ECO       441/541                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

International Financial Economics

The economics of the international monetary system and financial transactions, with emphasis on macroeconomic policy. Balance of payments problems, exchange rate determination and its effect on economic growth and stability, and policies to achieve international market equilibrium are analyzed from a theoretical and empirical point of view. Prerequisite: ECO 305 or 340.


ECO       447/547                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Urban/Regional Economics

Introduction to spatial economics and application of economic principles to urban and regional problems. Topics include: urbanization; migration; location and systems of cities; land use patterns; urban/regional growth; and selected urban problems, such as housing, transportation, poverty, crime, pollution, urban sprawl, and new cities. Prerequisites: ECO 110, 120. Offered occasionally.


ECO       450                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-6

College of Business Administration Internship

The internship program as conceived and implemented is an unusual program designed to provide an opportunity for students in the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to participate in an approved program with a cooperating business, government or civic organization for usually 15 weeks of their undergraduate work. For additional information, see internship description under the College of Business Administration heading. Repeatable for credit. Pass/Fail grading.


ECO       471/571                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Health Economics

Study of the use of resources in health care: organization of health care delivery, relationships between health care and health status, and the economic evaluation of health care services. The U.S. system is compared with those of other nations, focusing on the roles of the consumers and providers in health care markets, and on the roles of government in shaping demand, supply and utilization. Prerequisite: ECO 110.


ECO       474/574                                                                                                                             Cr. 1-3

Economic Forum

Emphasis will be on examination and study of current economic issues. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisites: ECO 110, 120. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.


ECO       499                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Independent Study

Individual reading or research under the guidance of a staff member. Open to selected advanced students who have excellent records in the department. Registration with the consent of the student’s regular adviser, the instructor and the department chairperson. Approval form available in department office; completion of form required prior to registration. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Pass/Fail grading.