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Applied Economics, Business and Society

Concentration Requirements: students must complete 52 credits with a minimum of 24 upper division credits within the major.

Preliminary Core:
BA 101, EC 201, EC 202

Methods Requirement:
BA 215, MATH 243
[Note: ACTG 211, if taken in the state of Oregon, substitutes for BA 215]

Research Methods Requirement: Students who join the GSS program after Jan 1, 2016, complete one of the following courses.
GEOG 391 (W18), PS 102 (SP18), SOC 311 (pre-req SOC 204 or SOC 207) (Offered every term)

Specialization Requirements: Must take 7 of the following courses, at least two of the courses must be outside of Economics and Business.

BA 316, 317, 318
EC (All 300+ and 400+ courses approved, except 400 – 409.  Click here for course descriptions)
ENVS 345
GEOG 342, 410*, 448, 475 (ASIA 480)
HIST 363, 425, 463
J 340, 350
PHIL 120
PPPM 399* (Offered Winter or Fall Terms beginning FA15)
PS 275, 321, 337, 340, 460
SOC 346, 347, 420
WGS 341

*Topic course is subject to change titles; only specific title is approved

Course Descriptions for Applied Economics, Business and Society

(notation if group satisfying: Arts & Letters (AL) Social Science (SSC), Science (SC), Multicultural (IP, AC, or IC). 

Preliminary core: Must take BA 101, and EC 201 and 202

BA 101 Introduction to Business (SSC)  Historical, social, political, economic, and legal environments within which business operates. Interrelationships of the functional areas of management, finance, marketing, accounting, and international studies.

EC 201 Introduction to Economic Analysis: Microeconomics (SSC)  Examines how consumers, firms, and governments make decisions when facing scarce resources and how those decisions affect market outcomes, such as prices and output. MATH 111 recommended.

EC 202 Introduction to Economic Analysis: Macroeconomics (SSC) Examines the aggregate activity of a market economy, the problems that arise, such as inflation and unemployment, and how the government can use macroeconomic policy to address these problems. EC 201 & MATH 111 strongly recommended.

Methodology requirement: Must take BA 215 and MATH 243.

BA 215 Accounting: Language of Business Decisions How the accounting model reflects business transactions or events. Interpretation and analysis of financial statements. Understanding cost and revenue information, organization, and decisions. Prereq: BA 101.

MATH 243 Introduction to Methods of Probability and Statistics (SC) Discrete and continuous probability, data description and analysis, sampling distributions, emphasizes confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Prereq: MATH 95 or satisfactory placement test score; a programmable calculator capable of displaying function graphs. MATH 111 is recommended. Students cannot receive credit for both MATH 243 and 425.

Methodology requirement:  Complete one of the following courses: Geog 391, PS 199 (CRN: 26646), or Soc 311

GEOG 391 Social Science Inquiry and Research How social scientists approach knowledge creation, and the research design process, including developing research questions and selecting methods. Students will further develop an understanding of ethical considerations in social scientific research, as well as how to determine the quality of research design and study findings. This course will primarily draw upon theoretical content from geography.

PS 102 Thinking Like a Social Scientist This course introduces students to different modes of thinking in everyday life, and shows how “thinking like a social scientist” can sharpen our thinking for a variety of contexts. It will prepare students for further study in any social science or history (including anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, sociology) and will make clear why studying these social sciences is useful for many different careers.

SOC 311 Introduction to Social Research The development of social research; the nature of scientific inquiry and basic methods and techniques; examination of representative sociological studies from the standpoint of methodology. Prereq: SOC 204 or 207.

Specialization requirements: Must take 7 of the following courses:

BA 316 Management: Creating Value through People Management systems for planning, controlling, organizing, and leading; how they influence human behavior in organizations. Selecting, training, retaining, and motivating the human resource in organization. Prereq: BA 101.

BA 317 Marketing: Creating Value for Customers Market analysis, target customer identification, and development of marketing-mix strategies to deliver superior customer value and contribute to the performance of the organization. Prereq: BA 101.

BA 318 Finance: Creating Value through Capital Financial statement analysis, pro forma statements and capital budgeting, time value of money, net present-value analysis, risk and cost of capital. Prereq: BA 101; BA 215 or ACTG 211.

EC – Click here for course descriptions.

ENVS 345 Environmental Ethics (AL) Key concepts and various moral views surveyed; includes anthropocentrism, individualism, ecocentrism, deep ecology, and ecofeminism. Exploration includes case studies and theory.

GEOG 342 Geography of Globalization (SSC) Historical and geographical dimensions of globalization; emphasizes economic and social factors. Topics include multinationals, trade agreements, sustainability, global inequalities, and racial and gender divisions of labor. Sophomore standing required.

GEOG 410 Topic: Economic Geography (only this title is approved) – Urban and Regional Development is concerned with the structure and function of cities and regions in this increasingly globalizing world. Particularly, this course explores issues relating to economic globalization, urban restructuring, and regional development. Its approach is to bring “global” processes (capital flows, migration, technological transferring, outsourcing, and information communication) down to Earth, to ask where they come from, and to explore their (variable) causes and consequences in cities and regions. The consequences include job opportunity creation and loss, tax money, infrastructure improvement, fiscal bankruptcy, and so on. The course also provides an opportunity to apply, and evaluate, a range of theoretical claims and frameworks derived from recent work in economic geography and urban & regional political economy. The approach of the course, like that of these fields, is to learn with and through case studies. Case studies are selected not simply to acquire “coverage,” or to provide straightforwardly generalizable lessons, but as a means of understanding how processes work, and to explicate and interrogate substantive claims and theoretical positions in the burgeoning literature on globalization, cities, and regions. The course will draw, in particular, on “critical cases” that have shaped understandings of urban transformation and political-economic globalization. They will be drawn, selectively, from around the world, but reference will also be made to American and Asian examples and connections, such as special economic zones in China, Silicon Valley in California, Route 128 in Massachusetts, Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan, abandoned neighborhoods in Detroit, and so on.

GEOG 448 Tourism & Development Tourism-related concepts and practices associated with tourism planning, development, marketing, and impacts in different geographic contexts.  Offered Spring term/once a year.

GEOG 475 China’s Economy (ASIA 480) (IC) provides a comprehensive introduction to China’s economy and development, and to the politics, sociology, and geography of contemporary China. The first half of the course will cover China’s socialist economy, transition to market economy, and reform period development (1978-present). The second half will delve into special topics: economic policy-making; the banking and finance systems; 5-Year Plans; state-owned industries; the Green Technology and Clean Energy races; the industrialization of food; the formation of the world’s largest consumer class; the historically unprecedented flow of 300 million peasants into rapidly rising cities, and why that is central to China’s economic growth and stability; and how China’s globalization is reshaping the rest of Asia, Africa and the global economy.

HIST 363 American Business History American businesses from their colonial origins to the present. Interaction between the political, social, economic, and ideological environment and the internal structure and activities of business enterprises.

HIST 425 Economic History of Modern Europe Industrial revolution, economic transformation, growth, and integration in political and social contexts. Focuses on Britain, France, Germany, and Russia. I: European Economies to 1914. II: European Economies in the 20th Century.

HIST 463 American Economic History Varying topics on the economic development of the United States as a preindustrial, industrial, and postindustrial society. I: The Great Depression. II: Industrialization.

J 340  Principles of Advertising Role of advertising in the distribution of goods and services; the advertising agency; the campaign; research and testing; the selection of media: print, electronic, outdoor advertising, direct mailing. Frazer, Morrison, Sheehan.

J 350 Principles of Public Relations Overview of public relations practice in a diverse global society, including theory, career opportunities, history, communication forms and channels, and legal and ethical concerns.

PHIL120 Ethics of Enterprise and Exchange (AL) Moral examination of business by considering the nature of enterprise and exchange. Topics include corporate and consumer responsibility, meaningful work, and leadership.

PPPM 399 Special Topic: Income (Wealth)- with Inequality (only this title is approved) Growing inequality of income and wealth has increasingly come to the forefront of policy discussions in recent years. This course will examine the nature and distribution of income and wealth in the U.S. and internationally – looking at the historical record and recent trends. We will then examine the causes and consequences of inequality and how inequality may be related to trends in societal well-being, the quality of life and happiness. The course will also examine the changing relationship between income inequality and education, race, ethnicity and gender.

PS 275 Legal Process (SSC) Overview of the United States legal system. Covers a range of sociolegal writing and provides a context for the legal system under which the U.S. operates.

PS 321 Introduction to Political Economy (SSC) Systematic comparison of markets and political processes and their outcomes.

PS 337 The Politics of Development (SSC, IC) Presents alternative perspectives on key north-south issues: trade, aid, foreign investment, debt, and the environment. Includes such institutions as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

PS 340 International Political Economy Links between economics and politics in the international system. Basic concepts include power, dependence, inequality, imperialism, and development. EC 201, 202 recommended.

PS 460 Political Economy of East Asia Examines the political economy of East Asia, with a focus on states, markets, and social classes during economic transformation. Offered alternate years.

SOC 346 Work and Occupations (SSC) Characteristics of work and occupational careers in modern societies; relationships of those to family, the economy, bureaucracy, technology, and alienation.

SOC 347 Complex Organizations Nature of organizations in modern societies (e.g., specialization, impersonality, formalization, authority, and power); relationship of organizations to work and careers, stratification, democracy, discrimination, and deviance.

SOC 420 Political Economy Survey of the fundamentals of political economy.  Readings from Marxism and mainstream traditions introduce contemporary debates on socioeconomic crisis.

WGS 341 Women, Work, and Class (SSC, IP) Explores contexts and cultural attitudes shaping the women’s market and domestic labor including race, sexuality, age, and class as well as occupational segregation and control.



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