Degrees & Majors
The Andrew Young School’s strong course work provides students the skills and knowledge needed to address the tough problems facing communities, government and nonprofit agencies.
The information shared here is intended to provide an overview of Georgia State University’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more please refer to the university catalogs.
Economics examines the material prosperity of countries and their citizens in an interdependent world of limited resources and technological change. In doing so, it studies how decisions are made by private businesses, governments, and households in producing, consuming, and distributing goods. In general, economics is concerned with how society can obtain the greatest output from its limited resources. Economics is also concerned with monetary arrangements and their impact upon purchasing power and economic performance.
Economic principles yield basic insights into the workings of the market system and the national and international environment within which business operates. These principles provide analysis that is fundamental to understanding the organization and decisions of the government, business, and financial sectors. Economics also develops criteria for assessing the performance of the market systems and of governments regarding their efficiency and their impact upon the well-being of consumers and workers.Hands-on Opportunities
The Department of Economics prides itself on innovation in the classroom. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities and classes to gain practical knowledge, develop networks, hone leadership skills, and learn more about the real world.
Economic Studies Abroad in South Africa
ECON 4620 – This course is designed to be a brief survey of the South African economy with an emphasis on current topical issues. The course starts off with an overview of South African history and contemporary economic issues. During the next two weeks, students travel to the Pretoria/Johannesburg area in Gauteng Province, the industrial center of the country, and the Cape Town area of the Western Cape. Through a series of lectures and site visits, students will be able to assess South Africa’s potential for economic growth and prosperity. Additional site visits are designed to provide students with an exposure to South African people and their culture.
ECON 4941 – The academic internship provides junior and senior students with opportunities to broaden and extend their foundation knowledge from the classroom to the world of work. Placement must be approved by the department’s internship coordinator, with faculty supervision during employment.
Undergraduate Research in Economics
ECON 4980 – This is an undergraduate research course designed to acquaint students with a hands-on research experience. Students will learn the overall method of research and how to use analytical tools. Each student will be assigned a mentor and will work at least 8 hours per week for the rest of the semester. Students will submit research papers by the end of the semester with a mandatory presentation.
Please note: while every section of the above courses might not include exactly the above projects, faculty incorporate real-world learning into the curriculum.
- How offenders and victims fit within the criminal justice system.
- How society influences and is influenced by crime and criminal justice institutions.
- Evidence-based solutions for crime prevention and restorative justice practices.
- Knowledge of how governments fund the criminal justice system and the financial challenges they face to support services
- Lead and manage in criminal justice systems at the local, state and federal levels.
- Think critically to solve problems and make decisions that affect short- and long-term outcomes for the institutions you lead.
- Articulate and apply a set of ethical principles in the criminal justice system that comports with democratic values and respect for human rights.
- Understand and analyze research on crime and criminal justice policy.
- Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.
Why our program works
- Fair and open dialogue: Our faculty have designed a program that stresses an integrated view of the criminal justice system, highlighting relationships among the many different institutions involved and the need for cooperation and humane practices across: law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system.
- Theoretical framework combined with current events: You will study how our criminal justice system was designed and examine the parts of the system, including the roles of victims and offenders. Paired with an examination of the causes and consequences of traditional and digital crime, you will receive a comprehensive criminal justice education to prepare you for a career that is relevant to the critical issues facing justice agencies of today and tomorrow.
- Your success matters: You will work with the undergraduate advisement center throughout your time at Georgia State to make sure you are enrolling in the correct courses.