A student of Financial Economics will have the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of economic theory, especially the theory pertaining to the operations and workings of financial markets and financial institutions. Students in Financial Economics will learn about financial asset markets (including stocks, bonds, and exchange rates), and various financial institutions (including commercial banks, the Federal Reserve System, and the International Monetary Fund). During their studies, students will also gain an understanding of other sectors of the economy, including business economics, labor economics, and the global economy. The broad goal of the Financial Economics program is to produce a graduate who can apply economic theory to decision-making, both as a citizen in this democracy and as a member of the business community.
Successful completion of the Financial Economics program prepares a student for a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates are prepared for careers in such areas as corporate finance, investment management, commercial and retail banking, management of financial institutions, financial analysis, business economics, and economic analysis. Career opportunities are found with corporations, financial institutions, public utilities, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Financial Economics students also have an excellent background for graduate studies in economics, business, law, and related fields.