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Financial Economics Major
  • The financial economics major differs from the traditional economics major.

    The financial economics major is designed for students who are interested in both economics and finance. The objective is to prepare students to apply principles in economics and financial analysis in preparation for a career.

    The financial economics program blends economics theory in the liberal arts tradition with the applied tools of modern finance. Those tools include financial statement analysis, risk and return and time value of money. Applications include asset valuation, capital budgeting, long term and short-term financing and investment decisions. Applications in special areas include portfolio management, stock and bonds selection, using derivatives to hedge risk, exchange rate determination, exchange rate risk management, money supply and demand, interest rates determination, the operation of financial institutions, and risk management of commercial banks.

    Major courses include intermediate micro and macroeconomics, corporate finance, investments, international finance, and money and banking. Like all School of Management majors, financial economics majors take courses in the other areas of business including accounting, marketing, and management.

    The sample sequence of courses for the financial economics major (PDF) will give you a clear overview of scheduling requirements and options. Course requirements for all majors and minors can be found in our online course bulletin.  

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    The job markets for this major include financial institutions (banks, insurance companies and mutual funds), corporate finance, brokerage house, financial consulting firms and government agencies.
    Success in this program requires a passion for the career and interests in the subject, solid mathematics skills, economics and financial analysis skills, and good backgrounds in related business areas. The financial economics faculty consists of a mixture of PhD qualified professors and executives-in-residence who have successful careers in corporate finance, investment, financial institutions or financial consulting.