Dr. A. Cristina Parsons, Associate Professor of Economics (program chair)
Dr. Dennis Farley, Visiting Professor of Economics


The Economics program at Trinity combines the traditional cornerstones of economics with the distinct emphases of Trinity’s mission. The curriculum provides all students with the opportunity to become familiar with the macroeconomic and microeconomic paradigm, as well as to develop facility with economic applications in various policy areas. Consistent with the interdisciplinarity of Trinity’s curriculum and its focus on gender, race, and diversity, the courses offered by the Economics program invite students to study the discipline from a variety of perspectives and to understand the historical and institutional context in which both private and public decisions are made. In addition, the Economics program follows the mission of Trinity by providing both breath and depth of study and by encouraging students to develop an ability to abstract, handle data, and critically analyze existing work, both theoretical and applied.

The Economics program supports a minor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Minor Requirements

The minor in Economics requires 18 total credits.

Required Courses (12 credits)
ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 102 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 311 Microeconomic Theory or ECON 321 Managerial Economics
ECON 312 Macroeconomic Theory or ECON 322 Applied Macroeconomics

Elective Courses (6 credits)
TWO additional upper-level (200- or 300-level) courses in economics.

Program Policies

Advanced Placement:
Advanced Placement scores of 4 or 5 will be accepted for credit by the Economics program to satisfy ECON 101 and ECON 102.

CLEP Policy:
Standard scores and above are accepted in the CLEP examination only in consultation with program faculty.

Grades in Major Courses:
Majors must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in their major.  Majors must receive a grade of “C” or better in required courses.

Pass/No Pass:
With the exception of internships, courses fulfilling a major or minor requirement may not be taken pass/no pass.

Senior Assessment:
The senior assessment for economics majors, a comprehensive project to be completed under the direction of program faculty, is a component of ECON 499. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better on this project.

Transfer Credits:
Transferring students who wish to minor in economics must take at least three economics courses at Trinity. Transferring students who wish to major in economics must take at least six economics courses at Trinity, one of which must be ECON 499. Acceptance of transfer courses is dependent upon program review and approval.

Course Descriptions

ECON 100 Principles of Economics
ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 102 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 103 Current Issues in Microeconomics
ECON 104 Current Issues in Macroeconomics
ECON 221 Environmental Economics
ECON 223 Women in the Economy
ECON 224 Public Finance
ECON 226 Labor Economics
ECON 241 Money and Banking
ECON 252 Comparative Capitalist Systems
ECON 253 Issues in Economic Development
ECON 299 Honors Seminar: Special Topics in Economics
ECON 311 Microeconomic Theory
ECON 312 Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 321 Managerial Economics
ECON 322 Applied Macroeconomics
ECON 351 International Trade
ECON 353 International Finance
ECON 361 Mathematical Economics
ECON 371 Econometrics
ECON 399 Trading Spaces: Migration, Narration, Economics
ECON 491 Internship
ECON 498 Independent Study
ECON 499 Senior Seminar in Economics