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Economics Curriculum

 Economics and Geography Faculty

 Economics and Geography Policies

Department of Economics & Geography 

Phone: (904) 620-2640 
Web Address


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, 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.

Students should choose their elective courses in economics in support of their expected career goals. The department faculty recommends the following:

Students interested in emphasizing international economics, should take 3 of the following:

  • ECO 4713 International Monetary System  
  • ECS 3013 Economic Development
  • ECS 3303 Current Issues in the Economics of the European Union
  • ECS 3403 Current Issues in the Economy of Latin America

Students planning to enroll in law school should take 3 of the following:

  • ECO 4504 Public Finance
  • ECP 3403 Economics of Industrial Organization
  • ECP 3451 Law, Economics, and Public Policy
  • ECP 4413 Government and Business

Students planning to enroll in graduate school in economics should take the following 3 courses:   

  • ECO 3422 Advanced Econometrics
  • ECO 4401 Mathematical Economics
  • GIS 3043 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

The faculty strongly recommends that these students pursue at least a minor in mathematics or statistics, to include some of the following courses. (Note that graduate school admission requirements in economics often require Calculus I and II and Linear Algebra): 

  • Calculus I and II (additional courses are encouraged
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Probability and Statistics at the upper-division level
  • Statistical Methods I and II

Those students seeking to enter the work force after receipt of their bachelor’s degree, or a more general curriculum, should take 3 of the following:

  • ECO 4223 Monetary Economics
  • ECO 4303 History of Economic Thought 
  • ECO 3203 Labor Economics
  • ECO 3302 Environmental Economics
  • ECP 3403 Economics of Industrial Organization
  • ECP 3530 Health Economics and Policy
  • ECP 3613 Urban Economics
  • ECP 3703 Managerial Economics
  • ECP 4413 Government and Business  

Students expecting to work in the field of planning should take at least one of the following:

  • GIS 3043 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GIS 4048 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems

 Economics Curriculum - BBA

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Department of Economics & Geography Faculty

Phone: (904) 620-2640
Web Address

Chung-Ping Albert Loh, Professor of Economics & Chair
Christopher K. Johnson, Associate Professor of Economics & Associate Dean
Andrés Alberto Gallo, Professor of Economics & Director of the International Business Flagship Program
Mina N. Baliamoune-Lutz, Professor of Economics
Harriet A. Stranahan, Professor of Economics
Sharon C. Cobb, Professor of Geography 
Lian An, Professor of Economics
Madeline Zavodny, Professor of Economics

Christopher W. Baynard, Associate Professor of Geography

J. David Lambert, Associate Professior of GIS & Director of Environmental Center
Russell Triplett, Assistant Professor of Economics
Chiradip Chatterjee, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics

Nilufer Ozdemir, Assistant Professor of Economics

Brandon Minster, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics 
Mary Beal-Hodges, Instructor of Economics
Wayne C. Coleman, Instructor of Geography
W. Thomas Coppedge, Senior Instructor of Economics

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Department of Economics & Geography Policies

  • A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses.
  • Please see an advisor for an OFFICIAL program of study and your personalized My Osprey Map to stay on track for graduation. 
  • You must complete prerequisites before registering for any course. Refer to the Course Catalog for details.  
  • All Economics Majors are required to take 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. Economics majors must apply for a passport in 1st semester.
    Economics  majors are encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities. 
  • There are opportunities for select students to do research with a professor for credit.  A student's GPA must be 2.5 or better to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • A student must have a UNF & program GPA of 2.0 or better in order to graduate.

Policy on 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 programs:  

* Faculty-led study abroad courses  

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.  

* 4 week summer programs (via exchange partners)   

* 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.

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