Department of Economics and Finance Programs

The Department of Economics and Finance offers programs in economics or finance that enable students to succeed in a competitive global environment. Students who concentrate on economics learn the basis for integrating knowledge of the functional areas of business administration in industry, government, and non-profit organizations, while students in finance graduate prepared for service in the financial services industry and as financial officers in both the business and not-for-profit worlds.

The concentration in business economics focuses on the best ways to get the most benefit from scarce resources. It covers firms and organizations (microeconomics) and nations (macroeconomics). The concentration provides the conceptual basis for integrating knowledge of the functional areas of business administration in industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. By so doing, it opens the way not only toward teaching, research, and consulting, but also toward graduate study in business, government and law.

The concentration in finance prepares students for service as academically prepared professionals in the financial services industry and as financial officers in both the business and not-for-profit worlds. All functional areas of business are included in this major, along with the special awareness and higher level financial skills needed for institutional and economic development. Specializations may be taken in corporation finance, investment and financial markets, and depository institution management.

Graduates of this program are prepared for employment in business, government or non-profit organizations, teaching, research, consulting, and further graduate level education.

The real estate minor, consisting of six courses or 18 credits, is designed to appeal to a broad range of students within and outside the School of Business with interest in real estate practice.