Record enrollment in money and banking course as students seek to understand current events

Amir Mohammadian, assistant professor of economics who teaches the course, says he is not surprised that in this volatile and often-confusing era, students want to learn how economic systems work.

Red-roofed UH Hilo College of Business and Economics, covered walkway into the entrance.
College of Business and Economics at UH Hilo.

Graph showing large increase in students compared to past semesters.Preliminary numbers show more students than ever before are enrolled this semester in a banking and money course at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The ECON 340 course, offered at the College of Business and Economics, covers the relationship of monetary system and price levels with employment and income, the nature and functions of money and banking, and the role of money in international trade and inflation.

The course is a requirement for students earning a bachelor of business administration, but it also attracts students from other fields and even non-students. Fifty-two students are currently enrolled.

Amir Mohammadian
Amir Mohammadian

Amir Mohammadian, assistant professor of economics who teaches the course, says he is not surprised that in this volatile and often-confusing era, students want to learn how economic systems work.

“Basically, every financial decision we make depends on what is happening in the financial markets,” says Mohammadian. “This course helps you gain a clear understanding of how financial markets work, how they are connected to each other, and the role of monetary policy.”

He further explains the course gives students a glimpse behind the curtain at the impact the Federal Reserve, the central banking system of the United States, has on the economy.

“What I find even more interesting about this course is that we learn about the channel through which the Fed influences the banking system [and] financial markets, and as a result, our life, career, and economic well-being,” he explains.

He adds, “The knowledge you gain in this class will help you to make rational, thoughtful, and educated decisions for your financial plans based on current and future economic conditions.”

The college is working to accommodate everyone who wants to take the class. Those who would like to enroll, contact the college’s Executive Education program at exedcobe@hawaii.edu or 808.932.7272.

Read the full story at the College of Business and Economics News blog.