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Financial Economics (ECON)

Program Options: B.A., B.S.

Studying financial economics at St. Kate's will challenge you and stimulate your thinking about the economies of the United States and the world. The financial economics major will prepare you for a career in the financial sector (banking, insurance, corporate finance, investment, trusts) or securities analysis or will help you develop analytical skills to enter the corporate sector with a stronger finance background.

Your career opportunities in financial economics are very good and should remain strong in the future, especially for women with solid mathematical backgrounds. If you are interested in translating your talents in mathematics and business into a career, a financial economics major can prove very lucrative. Our graduates have accepted jobs at institutions such as Wells Fargo, Retek Corporation, Merrill Lynch, St. Paul Travelers, Ecolab and First Bank. Some opt to continue on to graduate programs in economics.

As a financial economics major, you'll gain practical experience through an internship in your major area. Such experience increases the value you bring to organizations after graduation. Students majoring in financial economics have interned at large and small corporations in the Twin Cities area, including Wells Fargo, 3M, American Red Cross, Dain Rauscher, Lucent Technologies, Green Tree Financial and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in the Economics Club, which brings students together from the financial economics, the international business and economics, and the economics majors. As a financial economics major, you will be well positioned for graduate programs in finance and business administration.

Qualified Evening/Weekend/Online program financial economics seniors have the opportunity to apply for articulation into the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program and enroll in up to two graduate courses (six credits). These courses serve as electives in the undergraduate program while simultaneously applying to a graduate degree or certificate. Contact the Evening/Weekend/Online program office for an articulation application.


See also: Economics, International Business and Economics

Major Requirements:

ECON 2250 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making 
ECON 2610 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 2620 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 3350 Financial Markets and Institutions 
ECON 3460 Global Financial Issues
ECON 3480 International Economics
ECON 3500 Managerial Economics
ECON 3650 Investment Theories

Supporting work:
ECON 2100 Quantitative Methods in Business and Economics or MATH 1070 Finite Math Analysis
ACCT 2110 Financial Accounting
ACCT 2130 Managerial Accounting
One course in computer programming (Recommended courses: CSCI 1040 (2 cr) and CSCI 1050 (2 cr), or CSCI 1110)

EFFECTIVE FALL 2013

Students entering St. Catherine University during the 2013-14 academic year will be subject to the following major requirements:

ECON 2250 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
ECON 2610 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 2620 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 3350 Financial Markets and Institutions
ECON 3460 Global Financial Issues
ECON 3480 International Economics
ECON 3650 Investment Theories
ECON 4800 Seminar in Financial Economics

Supporting work:
ECON 2100 Quantitative Methods in Business and Economics or MATH 1070 Finite Math Analysis
ACCT 2110 Financial Accounting
ACCT 2130 Managerial Accounting
ACCT 3210 Financial Management

Financial economics majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing ECON 3460 and ECON 3480. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990).

Second Major Certificate in Financial Economics  

Students who have received a baccalaureate degree from St. Catherine University or another regionally accredited institution may pursue a second major at St. Catherine. To be awarded the second major (post-baccalaureate) certificate, you must complete all of the requirements for the major, including required supporting courses.  A minimum of one-half of the courses in the major must be completed in residence.  The residency requirement of 48 out of the last 64 credits does not apply to second major certificate students.

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