High School Dual Enrollment: Ethics, Economy, and Entrepreneurship

Who this course is for:

This course is for high school students who want to go beyond basic state standards for economics. Students will come away better prepared for college, but also for the ethical challenges that go with careers in business, or in law, politics, education, or journalism. The curriculum for this course is an evolving collaboration between individual high school teachers and University faculty.  

Authors of this course:

Cathleen Johnson earned her Ph.D in Economics from Virginia Tech in 2000, worked for Kollmorgan (on the prototype for what is now known as the Segway), did a post-doctoral fellowship with Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith in 2001, and contracted with the Canadian government through the non-profit Social Research Demonstration Corporation to do multi-million dollar experimental and field studies on attitudes toward risk. She also directed the experimental economics laboratory at CIRANO, a consortium of universities in Montreal.  She worked as academic director for BASIS charter school system. At the University of Arizona, she has been Director of the Office for Economic Education. In the Economics Department, she taught Law & Economics, Microeconomics, Managerial Economics, Experimental Economics, and Basic Principles. She now teaches Experimental Economics in the Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law program, directs the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Network, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Council for Economic Education. 

Robert Lusch (1949-2017) served as Dean of the College of Business at Oklahoma and then Texas Christian, before coming to Arizona as Head of Marketing and Director of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. For three years running, he made the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list (for being among the top 1% of scholars in his field by number of citations). He earned awards from the National Association of Accountants for contributions to accounting literature. The Academy of Marketing Science awarded him in 1997 its Distinguished Marketing Educator Award, and the American Marketing Association has twice (1997 and 2005) presented him the Harold Maynard Award for contributions to marketing theory. He received the AMA Louis Stern Award for contributions to the Marketing Channels' literature (2002). The Marketing Management Association honored him with the Creative Career Contributions in Marketing award (2006). In 2009 the AMA awarded him its IOSIG Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2010 he was the recipient of the AMA/Sheth Foundation Award for long-standing contributions to marketing literature. In February 2013 Lusch was presented the AMA/Irwin/McGraw-Hill Distinguished Marketing Educator Award.

David Schmidtz is Head of the Department of Political Economy & Moral Science.  He is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences) and Eller Chair of Service-Dominant Logic (College of Management). In political philosophy, the U of Arizona is peer-ranked #1 in the world. Arizona is the only school listed in Group 1. (The schools listed in Group 2 are Brown, Harvard, LSE, NYU, Oxford, Princeton, Toronto, Michigan, and Virginia.) He is author of Rational Choice and Moral Agency (Princeton Press, 1995) Elements of Justice (Cambridge Press, 2006), Person, Polis, Planet (Oxford Press, 2008), and is editor-in-chief of the journal Social Philosophy & Policy (Cambridge Press), which has the largest paid circulation among philosophy journals in the western hemisphere. As of 2017, his essays have been republished 88 times in textbooks and scholarly anthologies, and translated into 13 languages. His 15 doctoral students so far have all gone on to faculty positions and have themselves published many books with major presses. He served on the editorial boards of Economics & Philosophy (2003-2013) and Environmental Ethics (2004-2014).

Opportunity to earn University credit:

Students enrolled in this course will be able to apply to the University of Arizona and receive 3 academic credits upon successful course completion as determined by instructor. These academic credits may be applied towards a future degree at the University of Arizona at a substanial savings based on current in-state tuition rates. The credits are also available as transfer credit at most other universities in or out of state. 

Financial Aid:

We thank the University of Arizona for allowing us to negotiate a drastically reduced tuition for the college credit portion of this class.  But further, we have negotiated a limited but meaningful amount of funding for need-based tuition assistance.  Financial hardship should not prevent anyone from taking this course. If you need help, we will find a way to help, period. 


FAQ for students and parents


Applications for fall enrollment will be accepted in September. Here are the steps to enroll in this course:

1. Complete and return the Parent Permission Form to your student's high school economics teacher.

2.  All students must complete a UA application form for non-degree seeking high school students. There is no application fee. (Please scroll to page bottom for application in PDF format.)

           For fall 2018 enrollment: Applications will be available beginning September 1, 2018.

3. Payment may be completed online through Bursar's Office or by calling 520-621-3232. Payment can be made by electronic check or credit card. You will need your student NetID/password or Student ID.


Interested Teachers:

If you would like more information about offering the EEAE course at your school, please contact Kerry Montano.  Training for new teachers takes place in June.  Due to limited workshop space, preference will be given to applicant teachers from schools that have committed to offering the EEAE course in the upcoming academic year.  Other interested teachers will be admitted as space allows.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Kerry Montano, Program Coordinator

Department of Political Economy and Moral Science

Email: kdmontan@email.arizona.edu

P: 520.621.6646     F: 520.626.8361

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