Students are introduced to the basic economic problem, the study of economics, and the American capitalist market system. Macroeconomic topics discussed are the business cycle, inflation, unemployment, economic growth, and government policies for stability and growth. This course meets General Education Core Goal 2: Analytic Skills; Core Goal 5: Information Literacy and Core Goal 9: Behavioral and Social Sciences. When taken in combination with ECO 122 Microeconomics, it meets Core Goal 11: Civic Responsibility. This Honors course fosters high-achieving students' growth towards learning outcomes such as: problem solving, often with creative approaches; critical reading and original data analysis; forming judgments based on evidence, often from alternative modes of inquiry or integrative learning; clear, persuasive research writing; oral presentation; and articulate reflection on personal growth. Honors courses are more likely to utilize student-driven active learning, emphasizing exploration and discovery, rather than the acquisition of specific knowledge; faculty might provide projects with no pre-determined conclusion, but with real-world application.