Economics Minor

This minor examines a range of economic analyses and schools of thought, allowing students to develop a more in-depth understanding of what work economists do, what economists study, and how economists see the same phenomena in related and different ways. Students will attain a more careful understanding of the economy and their place within it through exploration of the relationships between people and the institutions involved with economic decision making, such as laws, practices, and political organizations. The minor consists of five courses (20 credits). EC 203 Principles of Economics is the required core course. The remaining 16 credits are chosen from the following courses, with at least three courses from List A, including one course at the 300 or 400 level. Students may choose one course (4 credits) from List B to count toward the minor, but it is not required.


List A 

  • EC 203 - Principles of Economics (core course)
  • EC 204 - Cultural Economics
  • EC 205 - History of Economics Through Film
  • EC 210 - Topics in Economics**
  • EC 310 - Internet Economics and Digital Media*
  • EC 311 - Hollywood Economics
  • EC 410 - Common Pool Resources*
  • EC 412 - Behavioral Economics*
  • IN 326 - Too Thick to Navigate: The Ecology and  Economics of Rivers*

List B

  • IN 224 - Souls for Sale: The Sales Effort, from Snake Oil to Dividual Selves
  • IN 336 - It’s Not Paranoia If They’re Really After You
  • IN 422 - Key Contemporary Thinkers: Marx
  • MT 207 - Statistics
  • SO 321 - The Culture of Money

* Note prerequisites
** Check current course listings for specific topics


Nigel Gibson, professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, is an expert in the fields of Africana thought, postcolonialism, and African studies. He is a leading scholar on Frantz Fanon. He teaches a course on Karl Marx, providing an alternate perspective on economic philosophy.

Jon Honea, associate professor in Environmental Science, is an ecologist interested in the responses of communities, populations, and individual species to environmental change, as well as how humans use and influence ecosystem services such as clean water provisioning. He teaches a course on the ecology and economics of rivers.

Ian McManus, assistant professor in Political Science, focuses on the effects of macroeconomic changes on political competition and social well-being. His research interests include welfare state politics, social inequality, gender equality, economic crises, labor markets, European politics, and the political economy of technology. He teaches courses on international relations, political economy, and behavioral economics.

Russell Newman, associate professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, explores the intersections of the political economy of media, neoliberalism, the epistemological foundations of media policymaking, and activism surrounding communications policy. He teaches courses on the technological politics of protest and surveillance and the political economy of sales, providing a political economy perspective to students studying economics.

Tylor Orme*, assistant professor in Economics, analyzes the intersection of economics, copyright law, and the entertainment industries. He is interested in how digital distribution methods and the internet have altered the business of the entertainment industry, and his work has appeared in the Journal of Cultural Economics. He teaches courses on cultural economics, topics in economics, and internet economics and digital media.

Nejem Raheem, associate professor, is an environmental economist specializing in economic analysis of natural resource and environmental issues, focusing on ecosystem services in rural, traditional, or indigenous economies. He teaches courses on behavioral economics, the ecology and economics of rivers, and common pool resources.

Eiki Satake, professor of Statistics and Mathematics, has authored more than 10 textbooks including Research and Statistical Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Handbook of Statistical Methods: Single Subject Designs, and Introductory Statistics: A First Course. His course on statistics provides Economics minors with an introduction to one of the key skills used in economic analysis.

Please note this may not be a comprehensive list, as our affiliated faculty rotate on a semesterly basis. Please refer to the semester registration listings to identify any additional faculty participating in the minor.

* Minor Coordinator