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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Economics Emphases

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/economics/program/emphases.html

The following areas of emphasis are sets of recommended courses that students may find useful in loaning for future careers. It is not necessary to complete any of these areas of emphasis to major in economics. Nor is it necessary to complete all the recommended courses in any area below. Students may consider the suggested economics courses in these areas of emphasis for their required electives in the economics major.

Descriptions of courses listed below are available on the [PDF] University Catalog: Economics (23 KiB).

Labor Economics Emphasis

Labor economics provides a useful and necessary focus leading toward employment in a variety of occupations such as personnel specialist manpower analyst, contract compliance specialist and labor-management relations.

Recommended Courses

  • ECON 403 – Labor Problems (3)
  • ECON 406 – Collective Bargaining (3)
  • ECON 408 – Government Regulation of Labor Relations (3)
  • MGMT 440 – Human Resource Management (3)
  • MGMT 442 – Compensation Management (3)
  • MGMT 444 – Organization Design (3)
  • MGMT 480 – Human Behavior in Organizations (3)

Economics of the Public Interest Emphasis

A background useful in securing positions in many federal, state and city government departments. In addition, many large corporations have full-time staff employees to handle areas of public interest.

Recommended Courses

  • ECON 314 – Current Economic Issues (3)
  • ECON 411 – Urban Economics (3)
  • ECON 412 – Resource and Environmental Economics (3)
  • ECON 420 – International Economics (3)
  • ECON 425 – Social Control of Economic Activity (3)
  • ECON 440 – Public Finance (3)
  • ECON 462 – Econometrics (3)

Financial Economics Emphasis

An emphasis useful in the pursuit of careers in financial institutions and government agencies. Banks and other financial intermediaries hire economics majors for various roles. Internships can often be arranged.

Recommended Courses

  • ECON 305 – Money and Banking (3)
  • ECON 405 – Monetary Analysis (3)
  • ECON 420 – International Economics (3)
  • FINA 464 – Financial Institutions and Markets (3)
  • FINA 482 – Commercial Bank Management (3)
  • BLAW 455 – Legal Aspects of Banking and Finance (3)

Graduate School Preparation

Students aiming to immediately go on to graduate school will find this emphasis particularly helpful. This emphasis aims to equip students with a more well rounded base of critical thinking, and problem solving abilities which will help them in any workplace or with furthur studies.

Recommended Courses

  • ECON 301 – Quantitative Methods in Economics (3)
  • ECON 462 – Econometrics (3)
  • MATH 121 – Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 122 – Calculus II (4)
  • MATH 223 – Calculus III (4)
  • MATH 247 – Linear Algebra I(4)
  • MATH 321 – Ordinary Differential Equations (4)
  • MATH 354 – Concepts of Probability & Statistics (3)
  • MATH 417 – Real Analysis (4)