Sep 19, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalogue 
2018-2019 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions

Course Numbering

The College of Wooster uses a five-digit course numbering system. The first three digits indicate the primary course number. The next two digits are the secondary course number and indicate whether there is a special focus for the course. For example:

The first letters are the department or program abbreviation. The next three digits are the primary course number (101 is the primary course number for all Introduction to Historial Study courses). The last two digits are the secondary course number. These two digits indicate that the special focus for this HIST 101 course is The History of Islam. A course with a given three-digit primary course number can only be taken once for credit unless specifically indicated otherwise by the department.

The following policy has been used in assigning primary course numbers:

  • 100-level courses are usually introductory courses; some 100-level courses do have prerequisites, and students are advised to consult the description for each course.
  • 200-level courses are usually beyond the introductory level, although many 200-level courses are open to first-year students and to majors and non-majors.
  • 300-level courses are seminars and courses primarily for majors but open to other students with the consent of the instructor.
  • The following numbers are for Independent Study: I.S. 40100 (Junior Independent Study), I.S. 45100 and I.S. 45200 (Senior Independent Study).

In addition to the regular course offerings, many departments offer individual tutorials under the number 40000 and internships under 41000. On occasion, departments will offer a course on a special topic as approved by the Educational Policy Committee, designated 19900, 29900, or 39900.


In keeping with the general education requirements of the College’s curriculum
(see Degree Requirements ), course listings employ the following abbreviations:

W Writing Intensive 

C Studies in Cultural Difference

R Religious Perspectives

Q Quantitative Reasoning

AH Learning Across the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities

HSS Learning Across the Disciplines: History and Social Sciences 

MNS Learning Across the Disciplines: Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Except where otherwise noted, all courses carry one course credit.



   •  ECON 10100 - Principles of Economics
   •  ECON 11000 - Quantitative Methods
   •  ECON 20100 - Intermediate Micro Economic Theory
   •  ECON 20200 - Intermediate Macro Economic Theory
   •  ECON 20500 - History & Philosophy of Economic Thought
   •  ECON 21000 - Applied Regression
   •  ECON 23200 - Labor Economics
   •  ECON 24000 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
   •  ECON 24500 - Economics of Gender
   •  ECON 25100 - International Trade
   •  ECON 25400 - Economic Development
   •  ECON 26100 - Urban Economics
   •  ECON 26300 - Law & Economics
   •  ECON 26800 - Health Economics
   •  ECON 29900 - Special Topics in Economics
   •  ECON 29904 - Money and Banking
   •  ECON 31500 - Public Finance
   •  ECON 32000 - Industrial Organization
   •  ECON 32500 - Agency Economics
   •  ECON 33500 - Monetary Economics
   •  ECON 35000 - International Finance
   •  ECON 39900 - Spc Tps in Advanced Economic Analysis
   •  ECON 40000 - Tutorial
   •  ECON 40100 - Independent Study
   •  ECON 45100 - Independent Study Thesis
   •  ECON 45200 - Independent Study Thesis