This class is organized along two parallel tracks. One is a chronological survey of major developments in American economic history from the mid-1700s to the Covid-19 pandemic. The other is a focus on five specific themes: banking and financial bubbles; laissez-faire vs. government regulation; economic growth; free vs. unfree markets; and the role of incentives in economic decision-making. This class will introduce you to skill sets that will prove useful in college and beyond, including basic statistical analysis and economic modeling. Along with economic history itself, you will get an introduction to the intersection of politics and economics called political economy. You will also have the opportunity to hone your reading, writing, speaking, and research skills. An honors option is available.
Instructor: Dr. Hanson
Prerequisites: Open to seniors and juniors, and sophomores with instructor permission.