Summer Minor in Economics

Earn your minor in economics this summer!

Are you thinking of a minor in economics?

  • Now you can earn it in summer 2020, and even if you don't finish your minor in the summer, you will be most of the way there!
  • A variety of electives are offered and almost all courses are offered online!
  • Check out the list of courses offered this summer below. Online courses are designated as "SOUP" sections when you register (Summer Online Undergraduate Program).

What are my options?

  • If you have never had an economics course, we suggest you take:
    • Early Summer Session: ECON 2105 or ECON 2106 plus ECON 4412
    • Late Summer Session:  ECON 2105 or ECON 2106 plus ECON 4311 and ECON 4400.
  • If you are a business major, ECON 2105 and 2106 are required for your major.  Thus, you could take all five electives offered in the summer to complete your minor if you have already at least completed either 2105 or 2016.  Or, take as many electives as you can this summer and then finish your minor during the regular academic year. 
  • If you have had ECON 2100 or ECON 2101, choose four of the five electives offered this summer to complete your minor. Students with strong math backgrounds can take Mathematics of Economic Modeling (check with the instructor or with Dr. Oliver (email address below)).
  • If you have had ECON 2105 or ECON 2106, complete the principles sequence by taking either 2105 or 2106, and choose three of the five electives offered this summer to complete your minor.  Students with strong math backgrounds can take Mathematics of Economic Modeling (check with the instructor or with Dr. Oliver (email address below).
  • Note, any economics courses used to satisfy Core Area A-E cannot also count toward the minor in economics.  See here for more details.

Interested? Then all you need to do is complete the following steps!

  1. Register for your classes!
  2. Download the "Add a Minor" form (https://registrar.gatech.edu/info/change-minor-form).  
  3. In light of the coronavirus situation, you can fill out the pdf form electronically and email it to your academic advisor for your major so they can sign the form electronically and send it back to you.  Please cc' Dr. Oliver, Director of Undergraduate Programs (matthew.oliver@econ.gatech.edu) on your email so he knows the process has been started.  
  4. Once your major advisor signs the form, email it to Dr. Oliver to sign.  Once Dr. Oliver returns the form to you, you should submit it to the registrar.

Have Further Questions?

Contact Dr. Matthew Oliver, Director of Undergraduate Programs (Matthew.Oliver@econ.gatech.edu)!

Foundational Courses Offered Summer 2020

ECON 2100- Economics and Policy

3 Credit Hours, Early/Late Summer (SOUP section available)

This course combines theories and analysis from both micro-economics and macro-economics to help students understand public policy and improve their own decision-making. If students take this course, they cannot receive credit for ECON 2101 or the two-course principles sequence (ECON 2105 and ECON 2106).

ECON 2101- The Global Economy

3 Credit Hours, Early/Late Summer (SOUP section available)

This course combines theories and analysis from both micro-economics and macro-economics to help students understand the global economy, including international trade, finance, investment, and economic growth. If students take this course, they cannot receive credit for ECON 2100 or the two-course principles sequence (ECON 2105 and ECON 2106).

ECON 2105- Principles of Macroeconomics

3 Credit Hours, Early/Late Summer (SOUP section available)

This course introduces students to the core concepts and theories in economics that describe the economy as a whole and help students to be able to evaluate economic policy. This course is typically paired with ECON 2106. Students cannot receive credit for this course and ECON 2100 or ECON 2101.

ECON 2106- Principles of Microeconomics

3 Credit Hours, Early/Late Summer (SOUP section available)

This course introduces students to the core concepts in economics that describe how individuals and companies make decisions and how they respond to incentives, after considering all their relevant tradeoffs. This course is typically paired with ECON 2105. Students cannot receive credit for this course and ECON 2100 or ECON 2101

Elective Courses Offered Summer 2020

ECON 4180- Game Theory Economics

3 Credit Hours, Maymester (In-person only; course will change to online if COVID-19 situation requires it.)

This course provides students with foundations in game theory, which is the study of strategic interaction. Topics covered are relevant to many settings in economics and business, as well as other disciplines including statistical decision theory, artificial intelligence (online learning, multi-agent systems), biology (evolution, signaling behavior, fighting behavior), political science, and philosophy. Prerequisites: ECON 2100 or 2101 or 2105 or 2106. Recommended: ECON 2106.

ECON 4311- Strategic Economics for Global Enterprise

3 Credit Hours, Late Summer (SOUP section available)

This introductory course on the multinational enterprise (MNE) will examine from an economic and interdisciplinary perspective the challenges facing MNE's in a fast-changing international business environment. The emphasis will be on the use of economic tools to analyze these issues and understand their managerial implications. Prerequisites: ECON 2100 or 2101 or 2105 or 2106. Recommended: ECON 2106.

ECON 4412- Cost-Benefit Analysis

3 Credit Hours, Early Summer (SOUP section available)

Students are introduced to the principles of cost-benefit analysis (CBA), a commonly applied tool in business and government decision-making, and in evaluating public policies. Prerequisites: ECON 2100 or 2101 or 2105 or 2106. Recommended: ECON 2106.

ECON 4440- Economics of Environment

3 Credit Hours, Late Summer (SOUP section available)

In this course, students survey the most critical topics in environmental management today, and learn the key economic tools designed to address those issues. Topics covered include economic policy to meet environmental quality goals, economic valuation of natural assets, and understanding the tools needed to manage water and other natural resources efficiently. Prerequisites: ECON 2100 or 2101 or 2105 or 2106. Recommended: ECON 2106.

ECON 4170- Mathematics of Economic Modeling

3 Credit Hours, Late Summer (SOUP section available)

Students apply mathematical tools to deepen their understanding of economic theory in this course. Topics covered include optimization, statics and dynamic analysis, and comparative-static analysis, all of which are applied to theories of economic decision making. Prerequisites: ECON 3110 and ECON 3120, or by permission of the instructor.

Interested in learning more?

Interested in learning more? Contact the Undergraduate Program Director Dr. Matt Oliver for more information