Financial Economics | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


  • Financial Economics

    Financial Economics

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    • Majors in Business include: 
      Accounting  |  Financial Economics  |  Business Management  |  Marketing 

      If The Economist and The Financial Times are must-reads for you, Capital’s Financial Economics major is where you belong.

      Investment theory, corporate finance, following the flow of money and anticipating its value — all while interest rates, shares and prices shift in the marketplace (ours and the world’s): This is the world of financial economics.

      It’s both art and science. It’s not for the faint of heart. But it’s relevant, at times breathtaking, and many would argue it’s one of the most powerful forces in the world.

      So if you have a gift for numbers, you’re enticed by testing the limits of theory, and you’re not afraid to make important decisions when variables can be predicted, but never known with complete certainty, then Capital’s Financial Economics major will prepare you for a career you love.


      What you’ll learn

      Under close guidance of professors who are Ph.D.s in the field, and of executive professors who have successful careers in corporate finance, investment, financial institutions or financial consulting, you’ll explore the fundamentals of economic and finance theory. You’ll understand macro and microeconomics, financial asset markets, corporate finance and financial institutions large and small that influence and play a critical role in shaping the real economy.

      When you graduate, you’ll be comfortable applying economic theory and financial analysis to decision-making in business environments. Successful completion of the program prepares a student for a wide range of career opportunities in finance and the public sector.

       Where you’ll go

      Graduates of our financial economics major are working in various industries, including include financial institutions like major banks, insurance companies and mutual funds; in corporate finance, brokerage house, financial consulting firms and government agencies. They also move on to do graduate work in finance and at top M.B.A. programs. 

      Success in this program and in this career requires a passion and interest in the subject. You’ll need solid mathematics skills. You’ll need to be comfortable with economics and financial analysis skills, and you'll need a good grasp of related business areas. Here’s what some of our recent graduates are doing now: 

      • Financial analyst at Limited Brands
      • Retirement benefit specialist at AXA Advisors
      • Portfolio risk specialist at Huntington
      • Underwriter at JPMorgan Chase
      • Retirement plan advisor at Retirement Plans, Inc.
      • Associate vice president, JPMorgan Chase
      • Centralized Lending Team analyst at JPMorgan Chase
      • Junior consultant, Sun Mountain International
      • Director of purchasing at
      • Ph.D. student in Finance at University of Texas at San Antonio



      Our professors bring out the best in you. We won't lie. They can be tough. But they're also your counselors, your mentors, and your biggest advocates. Meet a few below, or view our department directory.

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    • Amanda Rigdon

      Hometown: Lebanon, Ohio
      Majors: Financial Economics/Spanish
      Graduation: May 2015

       “My position at Cardinal Health is a leadership development program, where I rotate positions and gain cross-functional skills within the finance field. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that it’s all about networking and being assertive! The help I got from Career Development was invaluable. Not only did they answer my questions throughout the job search process, but they helped me put together a professional résumé and cover letters that created a great first impression.”


      • Cardinal Health – Finance EMERGE Program, Senior Financial Analyst

    • Statements of Intended Student Learning Outcomes

      Faculty members in Capital’s business program are committed to the belief that the best preparation for a career in business is obtained by combining extensive study in the liberal arts with a major emphasizing the development of quantitative, analytical and human relations skills. In addition to attaining the general education goals of the University, the faculty has established the following learning outcome goals for our business majors:

      Functional Competence:
      • Demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge and the ability to use concepts and tools from the major areas of business.
      Analytical and Conceptual Skills:
      • Critically analyze, synthesize and evaluate information to create practical, actionable alternatives in a dynamic and ambiguous business (and broader) context.
      Communication Competence:
      • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills for both formal and informal communication.
      Adaptability and Self-Awareness:
      • Demonstrate an awareness of the global business environment and the ability to respond to, understand and adapt to a diverse range of cultures, interpersonal styles, perceptions, and world views when interacting with others.
      • Demonstrate the ability to adopt the appropriate role on a team.
      • Demonstrate personal awareness and growth.
      Ethical Reasoning:
      • Identify ethical issues and apply a value-based reasoning system to ethical questions in business relationships.
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