Economics: Finance

Today, more than ever before, individuals and institutions alike have money on their minds, and need finance professionals to help them make sound business decisions.

Fundamentally, working in finance is about managing money. In an economic landscape that can fluctuate by the minute, finance professionals with a solid understanding of how money is raised and invested, and who can make smart and ethical decisions, are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of financial analysts is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. A growing range of financial products and the need for in-depth knowledge of geographic regions are expected to lead to strong employment growth.

The city of Boston is home to one of those most storied and dynamic financial epicenters in the country. Students find myriad opportunities for internships and employment at companies such as Fidelity, Putnam Investments, Liberty Mutual, State Street and more.

Major Requirements

View the 2017-2018 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a B.A. in Economics with a Concentration in Finance:

In addition to courses required for the economics major, students take 12 credits from courses listed below. They do their Economics Internship (ECON3296) in a marketing related position.

  • ACCT1201 Financial Accounting
  • ECON3105 Money and Financial Markets

Choose one elective from:

  • MGMTXXXX Investment (new course, course number and description to come)
  • MGMT2111 Personal Finance

Minor Requirements

View the 2017-2018 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Minor in Finance:

  • MGMT1101 Introduction to Business
  • ECON1103 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ACCT1201 Financial Accounting
  • ECON3105 Money and Financial Markets

Choose one elective from:

  • MGMT3305 Financial Management
  • ECONXXXX Investment (new course, course number and description to come)
  • MGMT2111 Personal Finance

Learning Goals & Outcomes

 At the completion of the Finance Concentration or Minor, students will:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking using economic analysis, quantitative reasoning, and problem-solving skills.
  2. Communicate effectively: in written, oral and graphical formats, using concepts and analytical tools economics.
  3. Have lifelong learning skills, including how to locate and use primary data, how to understand and evaluate current events and new ideas.