Full year course – 4 credits The goal of this course is to give students an understanding of the economic issues they face as voters and participants in the economy.  Emphasis will be placed on linking students’ buying and working experience with economic theory.  Economic concepts and possible applications include: supply and demand, money and banking, credit cards, fiscal and monetary policy, balancing the Federal budget, tax policy, international trade and the gap between rich and poor.  Major assignments include a household budget project, a current events policy paper, creating investment portfolios using stocks and mutual funds, a Great Economist project and a business start up project. Students should expect a mixture of tests and quizzes, analytical essays, oral reports and group projects. (2-4)