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Economics (B.S.)

Economics (B.S.)

Learning Outcomes


Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain key economic theories.
  2. Analyze economic issues.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the workings of markets and the economy.

Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills are assessed at the college and program levels through ETS Major Field Tests, and papers, exams, and other projects completed in ECO 3101 Intermediate Price Theory.

Additionally, all LCOB students must complete the business core with the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of global factors influencing business.
  3. Explain the importance of environmental responsibility.
  4. Understand main concepts & definitions in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, & operations management.

These are assessed using papers, projects and tests in GEB 4890, TRA 3151, FIN 3403, MAR 3023 and other undergraduate business courses.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective oral communications.
  2. Prepare effective written materials.

Communication skills are assessed in the business core courses in GEB 4890 and TRA 3151 and in the ECO Program courses in ECO 3203 Intermediate Macroeconomics and ECP 3009 Moral Foundations of Capitalism.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

1.       Synthesize information and formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.



Critical thinking skills are assessed in business core courses and the ECO Department will use ECO 4504 Economics of the Public Sector and ECO 3410 Econometrics.

Additionally, all LCOB students must complete the business core with the following learning outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Solve business problems using analytical tools.
  2. Integrate knowledge across business disciplines.

Critical thinking skills are assessed by papers, projects, and tests in FIN 3403, GEB 4890, TRA 3151, ECO 2023 and other undergraduate business courses.

Updated November 2012