Montana State University

ECNS 101-801: Economic Way of Thinking

Aug 24-Dec 11, 2015
Credit: 3 undergraduate
Cost: $871.95 dist. res.; $1,538.25 dist.non-res.
Instructor(s) Holly Fretwell

Course Description

Please note: You will not see a registration option for this class on the registration page as this class is closed.

Introduces important tools and methods of economics, including the core reasoning that underlies decision-making, analytical thinking and problem solving, demand and supply analysis, and indicators of economic performance. Emphasis is on application of the tools of economics to current issues of social and personal importance. Economics is about human choices. This course will provide you with a new way to think about the world and the decisions you make.

This course fulfills the Inquiry Social Science (IS) piece of the Montana State University CORE Curriculum or 3 credits of the Social Sciences degree requirement in liberal studies.

There is a minimum enrollment for this course and if not met, the course may be cancelled and fees fully refunded.

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Meeting Place and Times



Holly Fretwell.

Holly Fretwell is an adjunct faculty member at Montana State University where she has taught introductory micro and macro economics, intermediate microeconomic theory, natural resource economics, and environmental economics. She works with the Foundation for Teaching Economics and Montana Council on Economic Education giving workshops for high school teachers and writing economic curriculum. Fretwell is also a Research Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) where she explores market solutions to environmental problems. A mom and an outdoor enthusiast, Fretwell enjoys Montana adventures on mountain peaks, down the slopes, and to the rivers below.

Tuition and Fees


Distance Resident
Who qualifies?

 Program Fee $120.00
 Computer Fee$10.65
 Distributed Learning Fee$75.00

Distance Non-Resident
Who qualifies?

 Program Fee $120.00
 Computer Fee$10.65
 Distributed Learning Fee$75.00

Students also Registering for MSU Bozeman Courses on My Info

Students also registering for MSU-Bozeman courses through My Info will pay the same tuition and fees per credit that they do for campus courses + the above listed program fee for Extended University courses.

Tuition/Fees Schedules

Notes on Tuition and Fees

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

Students who have a bachelor's degree will need to pay the current MSU graduate tuition when enrolling in either undergraduate or graduate courses, in addition to any program fees assigned to the course offering. For questions contact our office toll free at (866) 540-5660 or (406) 994-6683.

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • TBA

Computer Requirements

  • Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

For More Information

Instructor permission is now required to add this course. You must email the instructor for the course and ask permission. If they approve your request please forward this permission to and proceed with online registration

For course information: Please contact Holly Fretwell at

Registration Questions: Please contact Extended University, Office of Continuing Education at or (406) 994-6683, toll free (866)540-5660

How to Register

Registration is closed.

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