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Financial Economics

Professor: Gregor

Associate Professor: Wang (coordinator)

Assistant Professors: L. Dunn

Visiting Assistant Professor: Le

The financial economics major at Washington & Jefferson College concentrates on the integration of the primary components of modern financial analysis economic theory, financial theory, and mathematic analysis. It is intended to better prepare students for graduate work in finance or admission to top M.B.A. programs. Our program differs from traditional undergraduate finance majors offered in colleges of business in that it includes significantly more economic theory and mathematics and thereby better prepares the student for success in graduate school. Traditional undergraduate programs in finance tend to be more narrowly focused, whereas W&J’s financial economics program offers a broad background in the liberal arts tradition and provides the student with the combination of economic theory, mathematics, and finance necessary for success beyond the entry level positions in the various fields of finance. Students completing the major will be prepared for both future employment and graduate study in this field.

Courses within the major will cover three major areas of financial economics, including financial markets and institutions, investment, and corporate finance. They discuss topics such as the analysis of financial statements, financial structure of a firm, capital budgeting and structure, asset valuation, investment instruments, portfolio management, hedging, insurance, risk management, exchange rates, money supply and demand, monetary policy, interest rates, financial markets and regulation, and the operation of financial institutions.

Financial economics, like other economics fields, is a highly quantitative subject that requires skills in calculus, probability and statistics, and spreadsheet packages such as Excel. Students who choose to complete this major are strongly encouraged to complete additional mathematics courses beyond those required for the major. We also encourage students to take the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam at the last year of their study.

Students with an interest in finance who do not plan to pursue graduate work are encouraged to consider completing the financial economics emphasis in the economics major.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: ECN 101 ,  ECN 102 ,  ECN 201 ,  ECN 202 ,  ECN 302 ,  ECN 303 ,  ECN 341 ,  ECN 342 ,  ECN 440 ,  ECN 498 ,  ACC 211 ,  MTH 151 ,  MTH 152 ,  MTH 208 ,  MTH 217 ,  MTH 225 ; and any one of the following four courses: ACC 317 ,  ECN 352 , ECN 422 , or  ECN 425.

NOTE: Students majoring in Financial Economics may not double major in Business Administration, Accounting, or Economics. Students majoring in Financial Economics may obtain a minor in Accounting or Business Administration, but not Economics. 

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