Montana State University

ECNS 101-802: Economic Way of Thinking

Jan 13-May 06, 2016
Credit: 3 undergraduate
Cost: $841.95 dist. res.; $1,508.25 dist.non-res.
Instructor(s) Holly Fretwell

Course Description

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.

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.

Tuition and Fees


If you are taking only online courses this semester, please see the MSU Online Only Tuition and Fees (PDF) table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please see the MSU Fee Schedules

Required Books/Materials

  • ECON Microeconomics 4
    4th Edition
    William A. McEachern.

    Text will be bundled with APLIA online homework assignments

  • Book + Online Access:
    McEachern - Bundle: ECON Microeconomics 4 (with CourseMate Printed Access Card)
    4th + LMS Integrated for Aplia Printed Access Card
    ISBN: 9781305414631

  • Digital Access Only:
    McEachern - LMS Integrated for Aplia™
    1 term Printed Access Card for McEachern’s ECON Microeconomics, 4th
    ISBN: 9781305101531

Text bundles will be available at the MSU bookstore and also the Cengage Website

Computer Requirements

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

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

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

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