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Economics course first for Study Away

WKU’s Study Away Office announces the first for-credit Study Away course available through the WKU Department of Economics.

Econ 475 – Urban and Rural Economics will give students an eyewitness account of some of the most important economic issues facing the United States. The course, led by Dr. Brian Strow, associate professor of economics, will take students to various locations throughout the western United States.

According to Dr. Strow, this part of the country has significantly been affected by the shaky economy. “Las Vegas used to be the fastest growing city in the United States,” Dr. Strow said, “but now it’s a great example of boom to bust.”

Dr. Strow said the decline in the housing market and corporate overinvestment make it the perfect place to begin.

The course will also take students to the Grand Canyon to learn about the economics of the National Park Service and then to San Francisco for a tour of the Federal Reserve Bank, a look into immigration issues, and a visit to the Napa Valley wine country. The course will end in Portland, Ore., where students will learn about sustainability and city planning efforts.

The course will take place Jan. 3-21 during Winter Term. The $1,840 program fee covers tuition, fees, housing, tours, group transportation, and in-program air transportation. Student information sessions are offered at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 or 11 a.m. Sept. 16 in Grise Hall room 436.

The application deadline is Oct. 5. To apply or to learn more, visit www.wku.edu/studyaway.  Study Away scholarships are available.

For information on the Econ 475 course, contact Brian Strow at brian.strow@wku.edu or (270) 745-7082. For information about WKU Study Away, contact Jerry Barnaby at (270) 745-2231 or email study.away@wku.edu.

Study Away is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

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