Honors 220 – Introduction to Economics

Course description

This is an introductory course in economics at a “do more, go faster” level. By the end of the term, students will be able to analyze newspaper and magazine articles that involve economic concepts, understand the interactions among consumer choices, business decisions and government policies, and interpret the jargon used by economists and those who write about economic issues. This course will also prepare you to take additional classes in the Department of Economics.


Class calendar

Economics tutoring schedule:

  • Monday: 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Simons Hall, Room 340, SJU
  • Wednesday: 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Clemens Library, Room B110, CSB

Answers to textbook problems

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 17
  • Chapter 18
  • Chapter 20
  • Chapter 24
  • Chapter 25
  • Chapter 29


Audio and Video

Quizzes and Exams

Quiz #1 – original, model answers, distribution

Exam #1 – original, model answers, distribution

Quiz #2 – original, model answers, distribution

Exam #2 – original, model answers, distribution


Goal 1: Students of economics will be able to apply economic theory to understand economic issues and policies by:

1.1: Analyzing interactions between human values and economic life;

1.2: Demonstrating a knowledge of and ability to apply appropriate analytical tools; and

1.3: Recognizing the diversity of methodologies practiced in conducting economic analysis.

Goal 2: Students of economics will be able to evaluate evidence bearing on those economic issues and policies by:

2.1: Identifying, locating, and assessing the necessary quantitative and non-quantitative information, facts and arguments; and

2.2: Employing both quantitative reasoning and computing skills where appropriate.

Goal 3: Students of economics will be able to communicate effectively the results of their economic analysis through:

3.1: Clear writing, appropriately supported and documented;

3.2: Effective participation in discussion; and

3.3: For majors, polished oral presentations.