List of Courses Offered

The Department of Economics at Brigham Young University offers a wide variety of courses including principles, introductory electives, intermediate theory, advanced electives and advanced theory. The following information gives a list of faculty members who teach/have taught the course and a schedule of planned courses. 

Note: Course offerings depend critically on the availability of a qualified instructor. Some courses have not been offered recently, but may be offered in the future depending on personnel changes. 

Class offerings in Spring/Summer are sparse.  Please plan accordingly.

To verify which courses are available and when, check the University Class Schedules: Current University Class Schedules​.

​Course descriptions can be found through the University Academic Catalog​.

Course​​TitleFacultyPrerequisites​When Taught
110​Economic Principles and Problems​Lefgren, Kearl, Platt, A. Pope, Showalter​​None​Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
​199RAcademic Internship​TBA​Approved application and internship coordinator approval​Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
210​Career Prep Seminar​Condie​110​​Fall, Winter
​21​3R​Topics of Economic AnalysisTBA​110​Dependent on faculty availability
257​International Trade and Finance​Kearl​110​Fall
​37​8​Statistics for Economics​Bradford, McMurray, Sims, Eide​110 & Math 112*​Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
380​Intermediate Price Theory 1 (Micro)​Cardon, Lefgren, Price, Sims, Waters, Denning​110 & Math 112*​Fall, Winter, Spring  
381​Intermediate Macroeconomics​Condie, vom Lehn​110 & Math 112*​Fall, Winter
382​Intermediate Price Theory II (Micro)​Cardon, Lefgren, Platt, J. Pope, Ransom, Stovall​378 & 380​Fall, Winter, Spring
388​Introduction to Econometrics​Eide, Frandsen, Ransom, Showalter​378 & 380​Fall, Winter
413R​Topics in Economic Theory: History of Thought Lambson​378 & 380​Dependent on faculty availability
420​Economics of Antitrust Law and Regulation​Kearl​378 & 380 (382 is recommended)​Fall
421​Law and Economics​Kearl​378 & 380​Winter
431​Economic Development​Stoddard388; or 380 & Poli 328Fall, ​Winter
432​Economic Growth​vom Lehn​381 & 388; or 380, 381, & Poli 328​Fall, Winter
440​Natural Resources and Environmental Economics​A. Pope, J. Pope​380 & 388 (382 is recommended)​Fall, Winter
442Behavioral Economics​Price388​Winter, Spring
450​Financial Economics​Condie ​382 & 388​Winter
453​Theory of Money & Ban​king​TBA​380 & 381​Dependent on faculty availability
458​International Trade Theory and Applications​Bradford  ​388; or 380 & Poli 328​Dependent on faculty availability
459​International Monetary Theory​TBA​381 & 388; or 380, 381, & Poli 328Dependent on faculty availability
461Economics of Education​Eide​388 or concurrent enrollment​Fall, Winter
463​Economics of the Labor Market​Sims​388​Winter
465​Health Economics​Showalter​382 & 388Fall
468​Urban Economics​Ransom​378 & 380; 388 or concurrent enrollmentFall
476​Industrial Organization​Cardon​378​Fall, Winter
477​Political Economy​McMurray​378 & 382 (388 is recommended)​Dependent on faculty availability
478​Game Theory and Economics​Lambson​378 & 380​Dependent on faculty availability
​484Machine Learning for Economists​Frandsen380 & 388​​Fall, Winter
488​Applied EconometricsDenning, ​Lefgren, J. Pope​388​Fall, Winter, Spring
580​Advanced Price Theory (Micro)Condie​378 & 382​Fall​
581​Advanced MacroeconomicsTBA​381, 382, 388Dependent on faculty availability
582​Topics in Mathematical Economics​Platt​580​Winter
​586​Advanced Mathematics for Economists​Lambson380 & Math 314​​Dependent on faculty availability
588Econometrics​Frandsen, Lefgren​388​Winter​

*  Note, Math 116 and Math 118 do not substitute for Math 112​.​

All Econ courses are 3 credit hours with the exception of "R" classes, which may ​vary in credit hours. ​​​

University Policy Statements

Mental Health​

Mental health concerns and stressful life events can affect students' academic performance and quality of life. BYU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS, 1500 WSC, 801-422-3035, caps.byu.edu) provides individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as stress management services. These services are confidential and are provided by the university at no cost for full-time students. For general information please visit https://caps.byu.edu; for more immediate concerns please visit http://help.byu.edu.

Academic Honesty

The first injunction of the Honor Code is the call to "be honest." Students come to the university not only to improve their minds, gain knowledge, and develop skills that will assist them in their life's work, but also to build character. "President David O. McKay taught that character is the highest aim of education" (The Aims of a BYU Education, p.6). It is the purpose of the BYU Academic Honesty Policy to assist in fulfilling that aim. BYU students should seek to be totally honest in their dealings with others. They should complete their own work and be evaluated based upon that work. They should avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms, including but not limited to plagiarism, fabrication or falsification, cheating, and other academic misconduct.


Intentional plagiarism is a form of intellectual theft that violates widely recognized principles of academic integrity as well as the Honor Code. Such plagiarism may subject the student to appropriate disciplinary action administered through the university Honor Code Office, in addition to academic sanctions that may be applied by an instructor. Inadvertent plagiarism, which may not be a violation of the Honor Code, is nevertheless a form of intellectual carelessness that is unacceptable in the academic community. Plagiarism of any kind is completely contrary to the established practices of higher education where all members of the university are expected to acknowledge the original intellectual work of others that is included in their own work. In some cases, plagiarism may also involve violations of copyright law. Intentional Plagiarism-Intentional plagiarism is the deliberate act of representing the words, ideas, or data of another as one's own without providing proper attribution to the author through quotation, reference, or footnote. Inadvertent Plagiarism-Inadvertent plagiarism involves the inappropriate, but non-deliberate, use of another's words, ideas, or data without proper attribution. Inadvertent plagiarism usually results from an ignorant failure to follow established rules for documenting sources or from simply not being sufficiently careful in research and writing. Although not a violation of the Honor Code, inadvertent plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct for which an instructor can impose appropriate academic sanctions. Students who are in doubt as to whether they are providing proper attribution have the responsibility to consult with their instructor and obtain guidance. Examples of plagiarism include: Direct Plagiarism-The verbatim copying of an original source without acknowledging the source. Paraphrased Plagiarism-The paraphrasing, without acknowledgement, of ideas from another that the reader might mistake for the author's own. Plagiarism Mosaic-The borrowing of words, ideas, or data from an original source and blending this original material with one's own without acknowledging the source. Insufficient Acknowledgement-The partial or incomplete attribution of words, ideas, or data from an original source. Plagiarism may occur with respect to unpublished as well as published material. Copying another student's work and submitting it as one's own individual work without proper attribution is a serious form of plagiarism.

Respectful Environment

"Sadly, from time to time, we do hear reports of those who are at best insensitive and at worst insulting in their comments to and about others... We hear derogatory and sometimes even defamatory comments about those with different political, athletic, or ethnic views or experiences. Such behavior is completely out of place at BYU, and I enlist the aid of all to monitor carefully and, if necessary, correct any such that might occur here, however inadvertent or unintentional. "I worry particularly about demeaning comments made about the career or major choices of women or men either directly or about members of the BYU community generally. We must remember that personal agency is a fundamental principle and that none of us has the right or option to criticize the lawful choices of another." President Cecil O. Samuelson, Annual University Conference, August 24, 2010 "Occasionally, we ... hear reports that our female faculty feel disrespected, especially by students, for choosing to work at BYU, even though each one has been approved by the BYU Board of Trustees. Brothers and sisters, these things ought not to be. Not here. Not at a university that shares a constitution with the School of the Prophets." Vice President John S. Tanner, Annual University Conference, August 24, 2010

Deliberation Guidelines

To facilitate productive and open discussions about sensitive topics about which there are differing opinions, members of the BYU community should: (1) Remember that we are each responsible for enabling a productive, respectful dialogue. (2)To enable time for everyone to speak, strive to be concise with your thoughts. (3) Respect all speakers by listening actively. (4) Treat others with the respect that you would like them to treat you with, regardless of your differences. (5) Do not interrupt others. (6) Always try to understand what is being said before you respond. (7) Ask for clarification instead of making assumptions. (8) When countering an idea, or making one initially, demonstrate that you are listening to what is being said by others. Try to validate other positions as you assert your own, which aids in dialogue, versus attack. (9) Under no circumstances should an argument continue out of the classroom when someone does not want it to. Extending these conversations beyond class can be productive, but we must agree to do so respectfully, ethically, and with attention to individuals' requests for confidentiality and discretion. (10) Remember that exposing yourself to different perspectives helps you to evaluate your own beliefs more clearly and learn new information. (11) Remember that just because you do not agree with a person's statements, it does not mean that you cannot get along with that person. (12) Speak with your professor privately if you feel that the classroom environment has become hostile, biased, or intimidating. Adapted from the Deliberation Guidelines published by The Center for Democratic Deliberation. 

Inappropriate Use of Course Materials

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, lectures, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of the professor teaching this course. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

Devotional Attendance

Brigham Young University's devotional and forum assemblies are an important part of your BYU experience. President Cecil O. Samuelson said, "We have special and enlightening series of devotional and forum assemblies...that will complement, supplement, and enrich what will also be a very productive period in your classrooms, laboratories, and libraries. We look forward to being with you each Tuesday...and hope that you will regularly attend and bring your friends and associates with you...A large part of what constitutes the unique 'BYU experience' is found in these gatherings where the Spirit has been invited and where we have the opportunity to discuss and consider things of ultimate worth and importance that are not afforded to the academic community on almost any other campus" (from the address "The Legacy of Learning", 30 August, 2005). Your attendance at each forum and devotional is strongly encouraged.