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Charter Oak celebrated Constitution Day 2015 with Online Lecture
History professor Dr. Richard Gerber presented "The 14th Amendment - Then & Now"

Evening Event: Hiring Trends & Hot Jobs
Feed your Career with Dinner & this Presentation: "Hiring Trends & Hot Jobs" by Patrick Flaherty (CTDOL) on 10/7

Learning Studio Nights @ Charter Oak: Work, Study, Engage
Need to study away from distractions? Come to our Learning Studio Nights! Study, work, & get academic coaching! Events on 10/14, 10/28 & more!

Charter Oak State College Enrollment Up 38%
The College's current enrollment is now at 2,836 students with over 2,000 of those students registered for online courses.

New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Concentration - Economics

A concentration in Economics may be established through completion of 36 credits following a standard four-year curriculum of basic and advanced study in macro- and microeconomics analysis and in applied fields of economics such as monetary economics, international economics, public finance, economic development, industrial economics, economic history and labor economics. Studies to develop quantitative competence are a prerequisite. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.

This concentration in the General Studies major can be completed by combining Charter Oak's online courses and other sources of credit such as credit transferred from regionally accredited institutions or testing.  It cannot be completed solely through Charter Oak State College courses.

Concentration Requirements:

Requirement Credits Examples
Principles of Macroeconomics 3 credits  
Principles of Microeconomics 3 credits  
Money and Financial Institutions 3 credits  
International Economics 3 credits  
Intermediate Macroeconomics 3 credits  
Intermediate Microeconomics or Managerial Economics 3 credits  
Electives in Economics 15 credits History of Economic Thought, Labor Economics, Public Finance, Financial Economics, Comparative Economics, Economics of Health Care, Economics of Third World Countries, Economics of Poverty, Economics Development
Capstone 3 credits ECO 499 (Culminating course in concentration)
TOTAL 36  
Pre-requisite: Statistics 3 credits  
Note: Only grades of C or higher may be included in the concentration.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Economics will be able to:
  1. explain how market systems function, including supply and demand, resource allocation, government regulation effects, and the influence of global factors;
  2. discuss the effects of fiscal and monetary policy;
  3. explain how financial institutions function, including the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. banking system, and international influences;
  4. recognize the factors causing inflation, unemployment, growth, and recession;
  5. explain industry structure and organization;
  6. explain global economic concepts; including international trade, balance of payments and foreign currency exchange;
  7. critically explain the complex interrelationships among economic factors;
  8. use quantitative skills for economic problem solving;
  9. apply communication skills directly related to economics terminology; and
  10. analyze economic policies and contribute to public discussions of economic issues.