ECON 100: Principles of Economics

  • Course StartMay 25 and June 8, 2020
  • Course Duration5 weeks
  • Workload25-30 hours per week
  • Credit OfferedRice University Credit
  • Tuition$800 per credit hour

Learn the basic concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Course Description

Introduction to the basic concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics component includes analysis of supply and demand, consumer and producer behavior, and competitive and noncompetitive market equilibria, with applications to current policy issues. Macroeconomics component provides an overview of the determination of national output, employment, interest rates, and inflation, and analyzes monetary fiscal policies and international trade. Designed for both non-majors and majors, and must be taken (at Rice University) by all ECON and MTEC majors.

This course is open to:

  • Rice Students continuing their studies through the summer
  • Visiting students who want to take challenging academics and transfer credits to their home institution
  • High school students looking to earn college level degree credit

Course Trailer

Course Format

3 credit hour class, offered during Summer Sessions III and IV

ECON 100 (Principles of Economics) is a self-paced class, with an optional virtual office hours with the professor and TAs, Monday through Friday. All of the class resources are located online on the class’s Canvas website including: lectures and supporting videos, homework, recitations, textbook, required readings and exams.

Students are required to meet deadlines for: (1) completing homework assignments, (2) completing recitations, (3) taking exams, and (4) participating in daily discussion activities. Even though this is an online class, the professor is very accessible and is available for in-person meetings, phone calls, emails, and video calls.

Many of the resources can be viewed at your own pace before any course deadlines for assignments, exams, etc need to be met.

Requirements for virtual office hours:

  • Computer with a camera
  • Internet connection with sufficient bandwidth to support videoconferencing
  • Residency in Houston is not required

Important Course Dates

Summer Session III: May 25 – June 26, 2020
Session III application deadline for visiting students: May 18, 2020
Session III registration deadline for Rice students: May 24, 2020

Summer Session IV: June 8 – July 10, 2020
Session IV application deadline for visiting students: May 25, 2020
Session IV registration deadline for Rice students: June 7, 2020


Tuition for Rice and visiting students:
$800 per credit hour
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How To Apply

Please review the Registrar’s Summer Sessions page for more info and important deadlines.


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Professor Information

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Dr. James DeNicco

Dr. James DeNicco, Ph.D. is the Director of the Principles of Economics program at Rice University. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Drexel University in 2013, where his primary concentration was in Macroeconomics and secondary in Industrial Organization. Dr. DeNicco has a real passion for teaching Economics, going back to his first time in […]

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