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Barbara A. Blake Gonzalez, MA, EdD

Economics, Department of Social Sciences


Welcome to Tidewater Community College! As one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation, Tidewater Community College offers hundreds of courses and over 150 degree and certificate programs to some 46,000 students each year in Hampton Roads, Virginia.


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Links, Course and Textbook Information

Principles of Macroeconomics Course Information, ECO 201

Principles of Microeconomics Course Information, ECO 202

Survey of Economics Course Information, ECO 120


A Few Words About Economics:


"The cure for capitalism's failing would require that a government would have to rise above the interests of one class alone."

Robert L. Heilbroner


"Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”

John Maynard Keynes




“I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've probably misunderstood what I've said.”

Alan Greenspan



"The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals."

Adam Smith

"The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people."
Karl Marx


The basic prescription for preventing deflation is straightforward, at least in principle: Use monetary and fiscal policy as needed to support aggregate spending, in a manner as nearly consistent as possible with full utilization of economic resources and low and stable inflation. In other words, the best way to get out of trouble is not to get into it in the first place.
Ben Bernanke, Chair, The Federal Reserve




TCC Economic Courses:

ECO 120 Survey of Economics 3 credits

Presents a broad overview of economic theory, history, development, and application. Introduces terms, definitions, policies, and philosophies of market economies. Provides some comparison with other economic systems. Includes some degree of exposure to microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ECO 201 Principles of Economics I - Macroeconomics 3 credits

Introduces macroeconomics including the study of Keynesian, classical, and monetarist principles and theories, and the study of national economic growth, inflation, recession, unemployment, financial markets, money and banking, the role of government spending and taxation, along with international trade and investments. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ECO 202 Principles of Economics II - Microeconomics 3 credits

Introduces the basic concepts of microeconomics. Explores the free market concepts with coverage of economic models and graphs, scarcity and choices, supply and demand, elasticity, marginal benefits and costs, profits, and production and distribution. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ECO 255 Economics, Business, and Public Policy

 3 credits

Focuses on preparing the student to use the tools of economic analysis to assess the cost and benefit of societal governmental regulation to business and develops the student’s understanding of the problems facing business firms in adjusting themselves to this regulation. Prerequisite: ECO 202. Lecture 3 hours per week.




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