The development of American economic thinking did not occur in a vacuum. This course looks at some of the world backdrop via Great Books studies, as well as the historical rationale that caused the American system (constitutionally) to be structured as it was - with national and personal sovereignty (plenary) as the underpinning. Intense reading, part of our Economics programs, and a solid elective for Poli-Sci students.

This course looks at the peripheral topics of business and personal financial responsibility, savings, insurance, retirement, investments, tax shelters, and related subjects from a distinctly Sherman Institute perspective.

This course reviews basic business accounting procedures, financial statements, acquiring capital for business startup or expansion, preparing needed documents to certify viability, expense planning, and related subject matter.

Selling your product or service eats up a considerable amount of an entrepreneur's time. How does one best "spread the word” about a product or service? What options are available and at what cost to reach various market segments? How do you develop targeted approaches to marketing? Print vs. web? Such things are covered in this course.

A continuation of the Part I course exploring the historical development of American monetary systems, coinage, and related subjects.  The full focus of this course is the Dr. Edwin Vieira text introduced in Part 1.

This course covers three items: County, State, and Federal annual budget documents. The student will read and dissect how these documents are assembled, and come to understand how both tax collection and the spending of public monies are reported within these budget documents.

The CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports) published by state and other governmental units differ from their public budget documents in a variety of ways. "Off budget” items are often hidden in these statements/reports whereby citizen-watchdogs can find information otherwise hidden from common view. Learn to read and dissect these documents in this unique course.

The 21st Century brings with it dozens of new ideas each having an impact on the viability, cost, and legal considerations on business in America. From environmental to discrimination to international affairs, the new face of business ownership is researched and discussed by our students in this broad course for senior-level Economics.