Economics

College of Business Administration and Public Policy    

Department of Political Science and Economics

 

General Economics Concentration

Quantitative Economics Concentration

 

 

Faculty

Richard Palmer, Department Chair

Frank V. Billes, Rodney Freed

Department Office: SBS D-311, (310) 243-3444

Advising Office: SBS E-306, (310) 243-3561

 

Program Description

The Economics Program at CSU Dominguez Hills offers both
the Bachelor of Arts and the Minor in Economics. Issues studied include the determination of income, employment, prices, interest rates, and output of goods and services. In addition students will examine foreign trade, economic development, and the impact of government policies upon the economy.

The program has three broad objectives:

1.   To provide the student with the analytical tools that are needed to deal with economic problems.

2.   To develop skills and techniques at the upper division level
in the student’s main area of interest.

3.   To provide a good background for graduate study or career in business or government.

Students may choose from two concentrations in the major, selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. The General Economics Concentration, recommended for most students,
is carefully designed to offer students adequate exposure to standard theory so that upon completion of the program they can effectively analyze contemporary economic problems and exercise sound judgment in evaluating public policy issues. The Quantitative Economics Concentration enables the student to develop skills necessary for analyzing and forecasting changes in economic activity, interest rates, prices, income and exchange rates. This concentration is recommended for those who possess special interest in mathematical and statistical methods.

A Minor in Economics may be useful especially to students majoring in business or public administration, health services management or law. The Economics Minor is attractive to many students, often effectively supplementing their majors or enhancing overall undergraduate education. Employers and graduate professional schools view the minor in economics favorably.

 

Features

The Economics faculty is an interesting and diverse group of scholars. Its members were trained at some of the outstanding universities in the United States and abroad. All are engaged actively in research and other scholarly activities. All are used as consultants by both private and government agencies, here and overseas. The core faculty is enriched further by the services of a select number of part-time lecturers who hold significant positions of responsibility in both the public and private sectors of the economy. Their experiences outside the confines of academia bring greater relevance to what students learn in the classroom.

Students graduating from the CSU Dominguez Hills Economics Program benefit from a wide range of employment opportunities, both in government and the private sector. Former students are now working at all levels of government and in many private enterprises such as banks, health maintenance organizations and manufacturing corporations. Some have joined the teaching profession while others have continued their studies toward the doctoral degree at such institutions as UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Southern California, and the University of Oregon.

 

Academic Advisement

Students are expected to seek advisement when they first join the program and routinely thereafter. They may elect a particular member of the faculty to be their advisor or they may request one through the chair of the department. The program allows flexibility with respect to course sequence and configuration. Advisement by a faculty member will help students to complete the requirements of the concentration of their choice in a timely and effective manner. Faculty members also are helpful in planning for career as well as for graduate study. Students are strongly encouraged to seek advisement routinely.

 

Preparation

High school students are encouraged to take social science courses including economics, as well as mathematics courses. Although a foreign language is not required for the baccalaureate in economics, graduate schools may require one or two foreign languages, especially for the doctoral degree. Accordingly, those who wish to pursue further study in economics at the graduate level are encouraged to take courses in at least one appropriate foreign language.

Students transferring from community colleges can request to obtain credit for appropriate lower division economics courses. Economic principles (micro- and macroeconomics) courses taken
at a community college commonly are acceptable to satisfy the lower division economics requirement for both the major and the minor in economics.

 

Graduation with Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Economics provided the student meets the following criteria:

1.   A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;

2.   A minimum GPA of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper-division requirements in the major;

3.   Recommendation by the faculty of the Economics Department.

 

 

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

See the “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

 

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

 

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the “General Education” requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

 

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the “Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement” in the University Catalog.

 

Minor Requirements

Single field major, no minor required.

 

Major Requirements (36-40 units)

Students must select one of the concentrations listed. The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Common Core Requirements (18 units)

A.   Lower Division Required Courses (9 units)

ECO 210.    Economic Theory 1A (Microeconomics) (3)

ECO 211.    Economic Theory 1B (Macroeconomics) (3)

ECO 230.    Statistics for Economists (3)

 

B.  Upper Division Required Courses (9 units)

ECO 310.    Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (3)

ECO 311.    Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (3)

ECO 350.    Quantitative Economic Analysis (3)

 

Each student must select one of the concentrations listed below.

 

General Economics Concentration (36-38 units)

A.   Common Core Requirements (18 units)

 

B. Lower Division Required Courses (3-5 units)

ACC 230.     Financial Accounting (3) or   

MAT 191.     Calculus I (5)

 

C. Upper Division Requirements (15 units)

1.   Select three courses from the following (9 units):

ECO 322.      Money and Banking (3)

ECO 327.      Public Finance (3)

ECO 330.      Labor Economics (3)

ECO 340.      International Trade Theory (3)

ECO 341.      International Finance (3)

ECO 345.      Economic Development (3)

2.   Select two additional upper division courses in Economics
(6 units).

 

Quantitative Economics Concentration (40 units)

A.   Common Core Requirements (18 units)

 

B. Lower Division Required Courses (7 units)

CIS 270.      Introduction to Computers & Data Processing (3) or

CSC 111.    Introduction to Computers and
Basic Programming I (3)

MAT 171.     Survey of Calculus for Management
and Life Sciences I (4)

 

C. Upper Division Requirements (15 units)

1.   Required Course (3 units)

ECO 351.      Introduction to Econometrics (3)

2.   Select two courses from the following (6 units):

ECO 322.      Money and Banking (3)

ECO 327.      Public Finance (3)

ECO 330.      Labor Economics (3)

ECO 340.      International Trade Theory (3)

ECO 341.      International Finance (3)

ECO 345.      Economic Development (3)

3.   Select two additional upper division courses in Economics (6 units).

 

 

Minor in Economics (18 units)

A.   Lower Division Requirements (6 units)

ECO 210.    Economic Theory 1A (Microeconomics) (3)

ECO 211.    Economic Theory 1B (Macroeconomics) (3)

 

B.  Upper Division Requirements (12 units)

1.   Required Courses (6 units)

ECO 310.      Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (3)

ECO 311.      Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (3)

2.   Select one course from the following (3 units):

ECO 322.      Money and Banking (3)

ECO 327.      Public Finance (3)

ECO 340.      International Trade Theory (3)

ECO 341.      International Finance (3)

ECO 345.      Economic Development (3)

3.   Select one course from the following (3 units):

ECO 315.      American Economic History (3)

ECO 330.      Labor Economics (3)

ECO 350.      Quantitative Economic Analysis (3)

ECO 351.      Introduction to Econometrics (3)

ECO 375.      Industrial Organization
and the American Economy (3) [I]

ECO 380.      The Economics of Urban Areas (3)

ECO 384.      Economics of Health (3) [I]

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

 

Lower Division

ECO 200 Contemporary Economic Issues and Problems (3).

An examination of contemporary economic institutions, issues, and problems as they affect various groups in our society. Familiarization with basic analytical tools and techniques necessary for studying current issues.

ECO 210 Economic Theory 1A Microeconomics (3).

Introductory microeconomic theory; resource allocation, output determination; production theory, income distribution.

ECO 211 Economic Theory 1B Macroeconomics (3).

Introductory macroeconomic theory; national income accounting, national income determination, monetary and fiscal policy.

ECO 230 Statistics for Economics (3).

Prerequisite: MAT 9 or fulfillment of ELM requirement.

Introduction to probability theory, estimation of population proportions, means, variances, hypothesis tests, statistical inference and decision-making using multivariate analysis, basic regression analysis, and Bayesean techniques; computer assisted workshops/studies.

 

Upper Division

ECO 310               Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (3).

Prerequisite: ECO 210.

Role of prices in product and factor markets, principles of production and costs, business behavior under various types of market structure, general equilibrium and welfare economics.

ECO 311 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (3).

Prerequisite: ECO 211.

Measurements and analysis of the determinants of national income, employment and the general price level. Theoretical foundations of contemporary monetary and fiscal policies.

ECO 315 American Economic History (3).

Development of the American economy, organizational patterns and institutions, from settlement to the present, with emphasis on the interaction of social, political, and economic phenomena.

ECO 322 Money and Banking (3).

Prerequisites: ECO 210 and ECO 211.

Nature and functions of money and its relation to prices; the monetary system of the United States; the functions of banks, bank-credit, foreign exchange and monetary control.

ECO 327 Public Finance (3).

Prerequisites: ECO 210 and ECO 211.

Economic principles underlying public administration. Concepts of socially efficient resource allocation and provision of public goods. Emphasis on fiscal functions of federal, state and local governments, the allocation of resources between government and private use.

ECO 330 Labor Economics (3).

Prerequisite: ECO 210 or consent of instructor.

Analysis of supply and demand for labor, wage determination, investment in human capital, minimum wage laws and the economics of collective bargaining. Taught with either general focus or special focus; e.g., women, disadvantaged groups and unions.

ECO 340 International Trade Theory (3).

Prerequisites: ECO 210 and ECO 211.

Classical and modern theories of international trade, theory and practice of protection, commercial policies, balance
of payment adjustments and regional trade organizations.

ECO 341 International Finance (3).

Prerequisites: ECO 210 and ECO 211.

Analysis of international financial transactions, capital movements, international financial organizations, balance of payments, key currencies and exchange rates. Comparison of alternative international monetary systems.

ECO 345 Economic Development (3).

Prerequisites: ECO 210 and ECO 211.

Theories of economic development. Contemporary economic structure of low income countries. Causes of limited economic growth. Policy alternatives.

ECO 350 Quantitative Economic Analysis (3).

Prerequisites: ECO 210 and ECO 310.

Construction and application of mathematical models to economic and business decision-making. Modeling techniques including the Lagrange multiplier technique, optimal control theory, and differential game theory. Two hours of lecture and
two hours of technical activity.

ECO 351 Introduction to Econometrics (3).

Prerequisites: MAT 9 and ECO 230.

Application of statistical techniques to the problem of testing the validity of behavioral relationships suggested by economic theory. Topics include regression analysis, time series models, forecasting, and decision making. Applications performed on the computer. Two hours of lecture and two hours of technical activity.

ECO 380 The Economics of Urban Areas (3).

Economic factors underlying and following from the urbanization of modern societies. Current problems such as urban decay, air and water pollution, transportation construction, education, racial concentration, and city-state and city-federal relationships.

ECO 494 Independent Study (2-3).

Prerequisites: ECO 210 and ECO 211, and consent of instructor are recommended.

Individual study of some topic or problem under the supervision of a member of the Economics Department. Repeatable course.

ECO 495 Special Topics in Economics (3).

A course focusing on selected topics in economics, such as economics of inflation, health, education, ecology, oil spills, and risk and insurance. Repeatable course.

 

Infrequently Offered Courses

The following courses are scheduled on a “demand” basis. Students should consult the department office for information about the next schedule offering.

 

ECO 375 Industrial Organization and the American Economy (3).

Prerequisites: ECO 210 and ECO 211.

Current issues of industrial organization, concentration, and diversification. Anti-trust policy.

ECO 384 Economics of Health (3).

Prerequisite: ECO 210 or consent of instructor.

Deals with topics such as supply and demand for health services, prices and cost of health care, fiscal resources and allocations, health insurance and methods of reimbursement, and influences of Medicaid and Medicare and health care consumption and delivery.