AMST210 - Capitalism, American Style

This course introduces students to capitalism as an economic system beginning with its philosophical and moral foundations and its evolution in the United States. The principles of free markets will be applied to a variety of historical and current issues ranging from business regulation and labor markets to health care and the environment.

AMST310 - The American Economy in Literature

An introduction to economic theories using selections from American literature. In addition to reading the full version of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, course readings include excerpts and short works by authors including Frost, Steinbeck and others. The texts will be used to suggest interesting problems to which economic theory can provide some insight. Economics topics to be covered will include supply and demand, capitalism, public goods and government regulation, trade, and inflation.