Department of History/Government/Economics
B.A., M.A., Korea University
A.B.D., University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
Moonsu Han has a passion for teaching and economics. The combination has proved exceedingly successful at NSCC, where his students revere him. "Moon is able to explain and clarify a concept in five minutes, when the book takes a whole chapter to confuse the issue," one of his students noted. While Moon's economic department is grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and includes the application of business and economic knowledge through the integration of the classroom and the community settings, he is vigilant about keeping his department on the cutting edge. He recently developed and received a grant to create an online version of Principles of Macroeconomics. The grant came about through his realization that NSCC was not offering any online classes in macro or microeconomics, and that the growing number of students wishing to take these classes online had to do so elsewhere.
Moonsu is also applying economics to developing a Green Curriculum course. In his application for the project, Moonsu said, "Many people do not realize the cost of harming the environment. I'd like to teach how to calculate the costs of pollution and to show how eventually those costs might be transferred to us."
In 2007 Moon, as he is called by his students, took his love for teaching economics to another level and founded NSCC's Economics and Finance Club. Under Moon's tutelage, six students in the fledgling club competed against teams from across the country and won first place and the national championship in the community college category of the 2007 College Fed Challenge. The contest is sponsored by the Federal Reserve to help economics students learn about the Fed's role in setting US monetary policy. NSCC's Club shared top honors with Harvard University, which took first place in the four-year school category.