Technology continues to make a distinctive impact on the economy. Rapid advances in computing fueled the growth of the industry, increasing demand for computer hardware and software products and services worldwide. Information technology and the Internet have enabled growth in nearly every sector of the economy. Businesses have become more efficient through software applications like ERP, where technical knowledge and business expertise were applied to designing and implementing integrated systems that enabled seamless flow of internal and external communications.  Whether you look at local or global scales, the impact of technology on capital markets, governments, and business is profound. 

If you have an interest in economics and want to learn the workings of the economy, capital markets, globalization, monetary systems, industry, commerce, and more, consider this cognate. It offers you a framework for understanding, anticipating, and taking advantage of the ways that governments and markets are using technology to facilitate and regulate trade. Students who are interested in graduate school should consider further studies in economics, business and informatics.

This cognate fulfills the Economics minor.


  • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I OR MATH-M 211 Calculus I
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON-E 321 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • Two additional 300/400 level ECON courses (excluding ECON-E 496 and Y 398). At least one of these courses must be numbered above ECON-E 321 (excluding ECON-E 370)