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2021-2022 Catalog
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Economics Curriculum

Honors in Economics Major

Economics and Geography Faculty

Economics and Geography Policies

Department of Economics & Geography 

Phone: (904) 620-2640 
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The Department of Economics and Geography is committed to the delivery of exceptional undergraduate and graduate instruction by faculty members who are both actively engaged in scholarly activities and capable of integrating the results of their research into their instructional activities. Our intent is that this instruction will emphasize our role in guiding students to prepare them to be intellectual resources that will continually redevelop to serve many organizations over a productive career. Students are expected to take courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics, as well as econometric courses. Students will gain experience in the understanding of the global economy by taking international economics courses as well as having a study abroad experience.  We also recognize our responsibility to provide economics related services to the University and Jacksonville communities.

Economics Major

The program in the Department of Economics and Geography in the Coggin College of Business is designed to provide students with the tools and concepts necessary to understand our modern economy, to function more effectively as citizens, and to make sound decisions. A major in economics opens the door to a wide variety of jobs in business, government, nonprofits, finance, and other professions. Economics is particularly appropriate for those students who plan to enter public service or law, whether in the community or at other levels, or who plan to go on to graduate study. Both BA and BBA degrees in Economics are offered in the Coggin College of Business. The BA program leaves more flexibility for students to add a major or minor from other disciplines (e.g. Psychology, Communication, History, Political Science, Sociology, Statistics) to build a foundation for a non-business career path. The BBA program requires core courses in businesses and is intended for students who are considering a business career. 

The faculty strongly recommends that students who plan to enroll in graduate school in economics pursue a minor in mathematics or statistics, to include some of the following courses:

  • Calculus I and II 
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Probability and Statistics at the upper-division level
  • Statistical Methods I and II

Note: graduate school admission requirements in economics often require Calculus I and II and Linear Algebra.  

    Economics Curriculum - BBA  

     Economics Curriculum - BA

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Honors in Economics


  • Completion of at least 60 credit hours of college credit, including at least 12 graded upper-division hours at the University of North Florida
  • A minimum of 3.5 GPA within the major
  • A minimum of 3.2 GPA in all upper-division courses regardless of Institution


Upon admission to Honors in the Major, the student may be asked to complete IDH3922: Thesis Research Prospectus Colloquium (Optional): 1 hour

  • ECO4903 Direct Independent Study Honors in Economics Research: 3 credit hours
  • ECO4970 Direct Independent Study Honors in Economics Thesis: 3 credit hours
    • Prerequisite: ECO4903
  • Completion of Honors Thesis
    • Prerequisite: ECO4903
    • Corequisite: ECO4970
  • Honors in Economics will be awarded upon successful defense of the Honors Thesis.

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Department of Economics & Geography Faculty

Phone: (904) 620-2640

Russell Triplett, Associate Professor of Economics & Interim Chair

Lian An, Professor of Economics

Mina N. Baliamoune-Lutz, Professor of Economics

Sharon C. Cobb, Professor of Geography 

Andrés Alberto Gallo, Professor of Economics & Director of the International Business Flagship Program

Chung-Ping (Albert) Loh, Professor of Economics & Interim Associate Dean

Harriet A. Stranahan, Professor of Economics

Madeline Zavodny, Professor of Economics

Christopher W. Baynard, Associate Professor of Geography

J. David Lambert, Associate Professor of GIS

Chiradip Chatterjee, Assistant Professor of Economics

Nilufer Ozdemir, Assistant Professor of Economics

Mary Beal, Associate Instructor of Economics

W. Thomas Coppedge, Associate Instructor of Economics

Jan Duggar, Visiting Assistant Instructor of Economics

John Slattery, Adjunct Instructor of Economics

Holly Donohoe, Adjunct Instructor of Geography

Yirgalem Habtemariam, Adjunct Instructor of Geography


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Department of Economics & Geography Policies

  • All students must meet with a Coggin advisor to receive their official Degree Evaluation and Osprey Map to stay on track for graduation. 
  • All Economics Majors are required to participate in an approved international educational experience. Examples of approved experiences include the following:
    • Successful completion of an internship abroad.
    • Successful participation in a Coggin-Sponsored study abroad program.
    • Successful participation in a student exchange program abroad.
    • Studying another language abroad. 
    • International students are exempt from this requirement.
  • Economics majors are encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities. 
  • For BBA students only, Strategic Management and Business Policy - MAN4720 is taken in a student's last semester. An institutional and a program upper-level GPA of 2.0 or better is required before permission is granted to register for MAN4720.  Prerequisite courses FIN3403, MAN3025, and MAR3023 must be completed prior to taking MAN4720.
  • Review Coggin's undergraduate academic policies page for additional information. 

Use of International Academic Experiences in Undergraduate Degree Evaluations

The Coggin College of Business supports and encourages undergraduate students to study abroad. In all cases, students must obtain approval regarding anticipated academic credit earned prior to departure.   

The Coggin College of Business offers three types of international experience programs:  

  1. Faculty-led study abroad courses  
  2. 4 week summer programs (via exchange partners)   
  3. Semester and academic year abroad (via exchange partners)  

On a limited case by case basis, students may be approved through the formal College petition process to participate in non-Coggin College of Business study abroad programs, when demonstrating a unique need unable to be met through a Coggin College of Business study abroad program.

Note: Coggin undergraduate students can only apply to TWO upper-level, faculty-led study abroad courses towards their program of study. This excludes the 4-week summer and semester programs. Also, Coggin undergraduate students can only use ONE faculty-led study abroad towards their “major” requirements.  

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